Everyone has a to-do list for life. Climbing a mountain was never on my to-do list, at least not until my long time friend and occasional assistant Steve told me it was. And so, the Pitons came into view. To-do list amendment (apparently) For over a decade now I have been lucky enough to travel to some very exciting locations to photograph hotels and, when I’m really lucky, the overall destination too. But all too often I fly in, focused on the job at hand and fly out immediately after without the chance to explore a whole lot. That is perhaps how it should be. However, while on a photo shoot in Barbados in late 2013 with Steve, he got chatting to one of the cleaners at our hotel about where she was from. (He likes to ask questions and is a generally curious man, so he usually finds out […]
Desire – n. a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment Dream – n. an aspiration; a wild fancy “Sitting by the pool without a care in the world was a dream come true” While walking past the window of a travel agency, it’s not the words that catch your eye. When scrolling aimlessly through the world of newsfeeds and updates, it’s not the status about how terrible drivers are or how someone tripped in front of Starbucks today that interests most people. If you’re a traveler like me, it’s the beautiful photos of faraway places that make you pause, click even! And dream a little. I have a very vivid memory, of an afternoon in London about 30 years ago. With about ten minutes before departure, I was sitting on a commuter train in an old, dingy Victorian Charing Cross station. As I looked out […]
Photographing the “Soul” of a hotel.