Ok well I guess it had to come…
Firstly I want to thank our members for providing some fantastic work so far, there’s everything from the iconic and powerful to the sincere and personal representations of travel experience.
I’d like to paint a thin line around what sort of content should appear here. And I want to make this the responsibility of the contributor, I don’t want this group to be filled with the automatic click every box type images that could be seen in any and every other group.
I want images here to make a clear statement about the essence of travel. They should capture the new and unseen, the uncanny and bizarre, they should be from beyond your own comfort zone.
If you can’t look at the image your contributing and be convinced that it’s a reflection of a new experience gained by travel then it probably shouldn’t be here.
For example, I certainly wouldn’t expect pictures of the family dog.
A seaside landscape might be nice, but I would expect it would fall lower on the ‘travel experience’ spectrum and would like to see these types of images appropriately tagged and with a description to explain the story behind the image; where it was taken etc..
This particular category is highly coupled with the literary essence of travel so I’d like to see more emphasis put on story telling, yes an image speaks a thousand words..but can it form a sentence?
I’d like to present some of Darren Stones works as an example
This sort of stuff is great, it’s inspirational. So I encourage you all to contribute your images as you see appropriate, but where possible, tell us a little about it…the things you saw, smelt, learned etc…
Travel is a fundamental part of human life. It’s how we learn. Far too often we’re so engaged in our everyday life aiming for economic dreams of prosperity…but what then? How much can you learn about life if you’re boxed into your own little social construct? Our progression toward understanding, tolerance and learning can only be progressed by travel and exposure to the other societies that share the globe with us. We’re one of the fortunate countries to have the personal wealth to afford to fly to the other side of the planet and start seeing this stuff for ourselves. It’s a travesty to see it wasted.
So get out there and show the rest of the world what you’ve seen.
Thanks guys and all the best..