Online photography exhibition: People

The theme of this online photography exhibition by members of the British Guild of Travel Writers is People. People, it’s said, make places. Photographs of local folk help travellers form mental images of what to expect in a place. Quality photography is often a key factor
in people deciding whether they’ll invest in travelling to a destination.

An Orthodox monk wears sunshades at St Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
An Orthodox monk wears sunshades at St Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

Local hospitality can elevate visitors’ experiences of a destination from the ordinary into the unforgettable. Insights gleaned from residents can be invaluable to travel writers. Photos are a way of recalling details of acquaintances and chance meetings.

Authenticity and the selfie

Today many travellers cite the desire to experience ‘authenticity’ among the reasons they undertake a journey. Yet we’ve also seen the rise of the selfie. Do the two conflict?

The Instagram accounts of many travel influencers harbour feeds dominated by images of their holder having an awesome time in fashionable clothing. Sceptics may well ask why such accounts don’t do more to reflect locals and the place where the image was snapped.

Smartphones and travel photography

Thanks to smartphones, the internet and the world’s growing population, more people than ever before have the ability to showcase images from their travels. We live in a time of unparalleled opportunity.

Perhaps we’re nearing the end of a golden age? Will people earning average salaries have opportunities for long-haul travel curtailed due to environmental legislation? Will Brexit hit Britons’ ability to travel easily to European Union destinations? Those are £350 million questions.

People photos undertaken while travelling can also prove a valuable form of documentation.

People online photography exhibition

Nori Jemil submitted an image of a gaucho about to ride with a traditional saddle in Patagonia, Chile.

Gaucho in Patagonia by Nori Jemil
Gaucho in Patagonia by Nori Jemil

At the Montecatini Therme in Tuscany, Italy, Valery Collins photographed a meal eaten in silence as people communicated by smartphone.

People dining in Tuscany by Valery Collins
People dining in Tuscany by Valery Collins.

Peter Ellegard photographed a man in a beard wearing a traditional costume in Shanghai, China.

Man with a beard wearing a traditional costume in Shanghai, China, by Peter Ellegard.
Man with a beard wearing a traditional costume in Shanghai, China, by Peter Ellegard.

Mark Andrews photographed a performer preparing for a traditional Barong performance at Batubulan on Bali, Indonesia.

Performers preparing for a traditional Barong performance in Indonesia by Mark Andrews.
Barong performers in Indonesia by Mark Andrews.

Jeremy Hoare photographed indigenous Kuna people wearing traditional clothes in the San Blas islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama.

Indigenous Kuna people in a boat off Panama's San Blas islands by Jeremy Hoare.
Indigenous Kuna people in a boat off Panama’s San Blas islands by Jeremy Hoare.

At the Song Festival Ground in Tallinn, Estonia, Tim Bird photographed two people sharing a quiet moment ahead of a mass choir performance.

Estonian people at the Song Festival Ground in Tallinn by Tim Bird.
Estonian people at the Song Festival Ground in Tallinn by Tim Bird.

Melissa Shales photographed a cotton weaver in Shendi, Sudan. He and his wife had a small workshop set up in the courtyard of their home, where they sat on the ground, working off ingeniously recycled machinery. 

Cotton weaver in Shendi, Sudan, by Melissa Shales.
Cotton weaver in Shendi, Sudan, by Melissa Shales.

At Badami in Karnataka, India, Stuart Forster photographed a man in a traditional headwear

Man wearing a turban at Badami in Karnataka, India by Stuart Forster.
Man at Badami in Karnataka, India by Stuart Forster.

Simon Urwin photographed a bronc match, a bucking bronco contest, in the Badlands of Alberta, Canada.

A bronc match in the Badlands of Alberta, Canada by Simon Urwin.
A bronc match in the Badlands of Alberta, Canada by Simon Urwin.

Petra Shepherd was walking on a Samoan beach and spotted a youngster with a winning smile.

Young person on a beach in Samoa by Petra Shepherd.
Young person on a beach in Samoa by Petra Shepherd.

Tharik Hussain photographed a shy girl with a toddler on her hip at Sreemangal, Bangladesh.

Girl with a toddler on her hip in Sreemangal, Bangladesh, by Tharik Hussain.
Girl with a toddler on her hip in Sreemangal, Bangladesh, by Tharik Hussain.

Gillian Thornton photographed a group walking at low tide on a wet day in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France.

People walking in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel by Gillian Thornton.
People walking in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel by Gillian Thornton.

Bella Falk was at Inle Lake in Myanmar when she photographed a fisherman pulling in his net while steering with his leg.

Fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar, by Bella Falk.
Fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar, by Bella Falk.

Duncan JD Smith photographed a mother and child in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region.

A mother and child in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia by Duncan JD Smith.
A mother and child in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia by Duncan JD Smith.

At the Playa Guiones in Nosara, Costa Rica, Andrew Day photographed a group of surfers against a golden sky.

Surfers at Playa Guiones beach in Nosara, Costa Rica, by Andrew Day.
Surfers at Playa Guiones beach in Nosara, Costa Rica, by Andrew Day.
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