The great passion I feel for travel photography did grow long before I took a camera in my hands; and that is the reason why I have an extensive collection of illustrated travel books these days. Over time, all those images of remote places full of mystery and exoticism I watched amazed again and again forged strongly in me the love I feel for my profession today. And now I realize that this contemplative work, which for years I have been doing with great pleasure, is the fundamental basis of the direction that my work has taken.
I think it is clear and evident that a major part of what is reflected in the images of a photographer is the way he feels, perceives and interprets the world around him. But my own experience confirms to me how positive and enriching it can be to have the capacity of study and analyse, with a wide open heart, the work of other artists.
So my advice for you is to carefully observe the more photographers' work the better. Seek for ideas and concepts that you can apply to your own. Get inspired by those who have a vision of the world similar to yours; and learn as much as you can from those who you perhaps don't like so much...these are the ones that will often give you new perspectives that will help you evolve in surprising ways.
In my case, there are several photographers who in one way or another have clearly influenced my work. Steve McCurry, for example, is one of the ones that have helped me to evolve the most, just by the fact of seeing and interpreting his environment in a different way from mine. And what about Henri Cartier Bresson and René Bruni .... these two great masters of the cameras of the early twentieth century, have contributed to my work countless nuances in terms of composition with its striking black and white photographs. But without a doubt, my great reference in the world of travel photography is OLIVIER FÖLLMI.
The way this fabulous Franco-Swiss photographer sees and interprets the world around him is very similar to mine .... always looking for all that beauty that dwells in the human soul. And his images full of tenderness and poetry have served me during all these years as an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Moreover, beyond the great photographer, there is the person with a heart of gold devoted to humanitarian causes....he has founded the charity HOPE (Himalayan Organisation for People and Education), which devotes all its efforts to promote and improve the education system at the Himalayas. Wise and brave decision, the one of taking advantage of the great fortune that is to travel around the world in order to help improve the lives of the people who crosses his path....nothing else to be said.
Here are some of his images that I like the most.
And this is the link to his website .... I recommend you to take a look at the faboluos work of this master of the cameras.
And one more advice to finish: in your travels, don't be just a simple spectator....YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE A LOT TO A WOUNDED WORLD THAT NEEDS IT SO BAD.