Magical Sunset over the Irrawaddy River, Myanmar. Photography by Ndoema.
To me what’s most soul enriching about traveling is that it’s a wondrous journey of discovery.
It’s the joy of capturing the unexpected. The thrill of that spontaneous wonder. The surprise. That fleeting moment of beauty that catches your eye and becomes immortalized through the camera lens.
In travel, as in everything, I have a thing for structure and I love nothing more than planning far away adventures. Prepping is a wonder-filled creative process I genuinely enjoy. That said, once I set foot on that new exciting and unchartered territory, I get the biggest thrill from roaming photography. Wandering – camera in hand – with an expectant eye, at the ready to capture the beauty of unplanned moments, synchronistic encounters and the magic of nature as it enfolds throughout a beautiful day.
Some of my most precious travel memories have been unplanned and serendipitous encounters. From meeting my soul brothers atop Bagan’s Shwe Sandaw Paya pagoda, to receiving the gift of empowerment at Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, to capturing the grace and divine spirituality of Balinese dancers and worshippers at a surprise Barong Ceremony in Canggu Beach. I truly adore capturing the uniqueness and diversity of human beauty around the world.
But my eye is definitely a lover of beauty in all its forms, from nature to architecture and culture, so my sources of inspiration are endless.
Though, I’m always at the ready to capture the magic of the unexpected (like this magical sunrise on Burma’s Irrawaddy River as I was sailing between Mandalay to Bagan), if I had to choose the best setting for the ultimate spontaneous “photo walkabout”, it would have to be traditional markets.
I genuinely can’t think of anything more thrilling than getting lost in Yogyakarta’s maze-like Beringharjo market, Bali’s magical Candi Kuning or Aswan’s exotic Sharia el Souk. Local markets are a spontaneous photographer’s dream. And the best way to dive headfirst into a culture, to capture the unplanned magic of daily life, the explosion of contrasting colors, and above all to meet heart-to-heart a country through the warmth of its people.
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How about your favorite go-to environment for roaming photography? Where would you go for a spontaneous “photo walkabout” if you had a free ticket anywhere in the U.S.?
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9 thoughts on “Spontaneous Wonder”
Wow! You have been to a lot of places!
Everytime I travel to a new place, I always make sure that I am well-researched. I have a list of the places I would go to, the routes I would take, the travel time, where to eat, how much it would cost.. but I know that I can’t plan everything.. so I count on reliable gear. That’s the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II!
A travel buff needs a gear that can withstand the wear and tear of different environments, weathers and places.. a camera that’s versatile, easy to use with the best latest features to boot. Yep that’s the Olympus E-M5 Mark II.
Dang! Olympus just keeps coming up with better cameras!
If I had a free ticket going anywhere in the US, I will be heading out to New Orleans! Being one of the oldest cities in America, I would love to take pics of the rich history, listen to jazz joints, and taste the popular Creole cuisine.
I’m a roaming shooter myself, taking advantage of the new culture and new surroundings, braving the weather – come hell or high water! I’m glad the Olympus is waterproof and dustproof!
I’d love to have a versatile camera like the new Olympus E-M5 Mark II!
I was trying to choose which of your country visits was my favourite, but I love all your destinations!
If I were to just walk about and take pictures, I would go to the busy streets of New York City! I’d document the hustle and bustle of the city life.