Thoughts on Street photography and Traveling

 Location: El Nido, Palawan. Philippines

 One of the boat crew waits as we close in to a rock wall.

One of the boat crew waits as we close in to a rock wall.

Me and my wife love to travel and I take that opportunity for myself to go and do some street photography. But honestly, I actually find it difficult to do street photography and enjoy traveling both at the same time. Why? As much as I love street photography, I prefer enjoying the adventures with my wife and end up taking photos only when I get the chance.

I proved my point when we were in Palawan. The place was so beautiful, I can’t keep my eyes off the scene. Raising the camera seems like a big task. 

 One boat crew takes his lunch while the other looks out in the open water.

One boat crew takes his lunch while the other looks out in the open water.

I don’t turn my “street-mode” switch on when traveling. I just photograph things as it happens. And if nothing happens, I don’t mind at all. I don’t hunt, I just go with the flow. As long as I’m enjoying our trip, I’m all good. 

Palawan was such a scenic place. Blue and gree everywhere. And when something beautiful happens in front of me, that is when I snap a shot. A few shots and I’m back admiring the scene. 

 A tourist enjoying the water with his snorkeling mask.

A tourist enjoying the water with his snorkeling mask.

 I can feel his joy from where I’m standing.

I can feel his joy from where I’m standing.

Finally, I don’t want to feel like I'm working when I’m traveling. Street photography will always be part of the itinerary but never a task to fulfill. Main goal is the experience, next is to record it through photographs.