Almost everyone takes photographs when they are traveling, but there is a difference between taking photographs at each location that you visit and capturing the experience as a whole. If you take photographs as you walk around a city and capture the entire experience, it almost becomes its own visual diary. You can look back at those pictures and literally remember walking from one site to another. For example, when we were in Lima, Peru, we were so amazed by some of the architecture that we took photos as we walked the streets and as we look back now, we can almost relive that afternoon. You can almost feel the warmth of the sun, feel the nervousness as we passed by the police with riot gear, or hear the children laughing as they played in the plaza by the fountain. We also take videos occasionally to capture the sights and sounds, but we don’t always go back and look at them as we often do with our photographs. Do you create a photo diary that documents the moments of your entire trip or do you just take photos at each of the important places that you visit?
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Always fun to reminisce over travel albums of a particular destination. I too found Lima’s balconies intriguing and have a lot of photos of them.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Lima – your photos really help capture the feel of it. What was your favourite part of the city?
Thank you. That is hard to say. We literally had 24 hours in Lima during a layover. We saw as much as we could 🙂
Wow, looks like you managed to squeeze a lot into 24 hours – good effort! 😀
We were exhausted but we did fit a lot in 🙂
I so agree…these pictures we take are what keeps the journey alive… bringing back the simple moments, the unexpected turn, that special story recalled.
I’m like you, capture the experience. That’s what we take with us in our memories too, the people we meet, the things that happen, and the food we try.
:). We are “those” people who constantly take pictures of our food :). We use those to help us recreate some of things we have eaten while traveling.
I also find visual impressions incredibly powerful, and the photos bring them right back.
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I have a collection of photographic diaries — that desperately needs edited. But now and then I do go back to cull the herd — and find myself spending a lot of time reminiscing.
I have boxes of old travel photos I keep saying I’ll deal with… when I retire 🙁