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.
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.