I love the website WorldHum.
Maybe it's because I always love to write when I travel. For me it is the best time to find inspiration or think about things in a new way. Or maybe I'm digging the site because it has reviews about graphic novels that document travels to Burma, Naples, and North Korea (And I am loving graphic novels these days!). Whatever it is, I'm hooked.
Take for example, the story written by Doug Mack called "The Best Travel Photo I Never Took."
In it Mack describes his hesitancy to take a photo of an unknowing subject while on a visit to Chicago. It would have been the perfect photo! But, Mack is faced with an ethical quandary involving photography and travel. As Mack writes, "There are the obvious places when it’s not appropriate, of course. I respect the “no photos” signs posted in many museums and places of worship. I don’t take close-up pictures of people without asking their permission.
I’ve also become cautious about photographing even willing strangers. If I pull out my camera halfway through a conversation, or even before it begins, it automatically changes the dynamic of the interaction, reflexively fueling in my potential subject a litany of anxieties: Does my hair look okay? How about my outfit? Are these photos going to show up on the internet somewhere? Should I just pose now and get the shot out of the way? Should I be looking candid? Is there something stuck in my teeth?
Most of all, I’ve realized that there are moments too ineffably beautiful to even attempt to capture on film: the Grand Canyon, for example, or the spectacle at the Sunset Celebration in Key West ... or drummers on street corners, posed before an immaculate backdrop of skyscrapers. Of course, it’s these mesmerizing sights that we most want to shoot from every conceivable angle, multiple times—you know, just to be safe—in a vain attempt to perfectly replicate the moment later. The temptation grows with each new advance in digital photography, as it becomes ever easier to take as many shots as we like for virtually no cost."
Have you ever taken a trip that caused you to stop and reflect? Perhaps see things with a new perspective? We want to hear about these experiences.