Looking With Purpose

Landscape photography and travel are often married together. We can’t help but dream while running towards the setting sun in exotic places — looking for that magical moment that will become our pride and joy printed on paper. At best, this is an effort of hope and wishes based on visualization and expectations. Expectations that are often built based on the work of others.

Before I became interested in photography, I took my home of Prince Edward Island very much for granted. With nothing more than farm fields and beaches, it felt small, boring and uninteresting. I failed to understand why tourism was so popular.

Prince Edward Island's North Shore Coastline

Prince Edward Island’s North Shore Coastline ©Stephen DesRoches

This problematic way of thinking was so strong that I was in my late 20’s before making my first visit to the eastern side of the island. For perspective, that is only 60 minutes away.

Looking with purpose is a different way of seeing and my discovery of photography as an art has changed how and what I see. My desire to travel and experience other locations continues to be greater than ever but photographically speaking, I’m growing more and more content close to home.

I choose to believe that I am not simply trying to make myself feel better for not living in the mountains but close to home truly isn’t bad either when you give it the attention it deserves. Take the time to stop waiting for the next travel adventure when there is so much to explore just outside the front door.

The grass is not necessarily always greener on the other side of the fence. Embrace and find the beauty in what you currently already have.

About the Author

I am a designer, artist and photographer living in PEI and the co-creator of the Photographer's Guide to Prince Edward Island. I have helped design this website and the many oopoomoo ebooks. Stop by and say hi on Facebook.

4 Comments

  1. David Lilly
    August 8, 2014

    Hi Stephen,

    My question is, why do photographers think they are going to get better photographs in a far away place. From my experience that s not true. The reasoning is you don’t know the place and you are there for a short time. My best bird photography is done within half an hour of my house.

    David

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    • Stephen DesRoches
      August 8, 2014

      A hard question with no single answer. Seeing new locations for the first time is exciting in a way locals don’t experience. That excitement can influence our judgement.

  2. Sue
    August 9, 2014

    Great article. I was amused with you not seeing the beauty. A few years ago, the high light of my life was going to PEI for a week and having the opportunity to take pictures of your beautiful home. Came home with 1200 pictures. So much beauty in a small place.

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