Hi all! These last few entries have been pretty long and there’s things coming out over on our CTK Media page so I’m going to keep this weeks entry a little shorter. The question is “Why do I take my camera when I travel?”. It’s a question I ask myself quite often and there’s so many reasons why.

Be in the moment (Camera free)


A lot of my life (and this holds true in travel especially), I try to be in the moment. There’s so much to experience, that if I’m thinking about next week or last month, I’m just not going to be taking it in as I should. The camera is a HUGE problem in this respects. I see it at gigs, weddings, parties, out in nature. When it’s a special moment, people watch it through the lens of a camera and these are moments that we may never get to experience again. I know you’re probably thinking “But Kallum, you’ve filmed weddings, gigs and plenty of travel videos, aren’t you being a hypocrite?”…I guess the answer is ‘kind of’ and I’ll get to that.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Experiencing things this way is, in a way, a disservice to myself. Instead of looking at the beach in front of me I’m thinking, “what direction is the light coming from?” “What would act as a good foreground?” “What moments are happening around me that I can capture”. Most videographers or photographers I’ve spoke to have grappled with this as well. You find yourself getting swallowed up by the ‘creative’ self. It’s a little different when it’s a paid gig, you’re there to provide a service not to experience the ambience. That’s why I say ‘kind of’ but it often spills over into my leisure as well.

Why it’s worth it


As much as I hate taking my camera to the beach or to a family gathering. I continue to do it. Why?
Today I was looking back through travel pictures and I saw the three pictures included in this blog (taken on my trip to Biarritz). A lot of that trip I didn’t take a camera with me, and yet there were still moments that had slipped my memory. When I look at these pictures I’m immediately transported back. I can remember how the breeze felt as we rode down the street in the VW bus, poking my head out the sunroof. I get butterflies as I remember the awe I felt watching the sunset (I have an indescribable love for sunsets – but you’ve probably realised). I can hear the chatter and laughter of people out in the streets, wearing nothing but t-shirts well into the evening.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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I started watching the Punisher season 2 this week (it seems off topic but stay with me). Problem was, I couldn’t for the life of me remember some of the characters from season 1 no matter how hard I tried. I looked at their faces – nothing. But the moment one of the characters said their name, something in the tone instantly jogged my memory. One memory triggered another, and another. There will be a time when I can’t easily recall any of my adventures. But the lessons I’ve learned from them will be ingrained deep within. These pictures will act as triggers. I can’t go back and re-live my life in the same way I can re-watch Punisher Season 1. So I’m always glad I have a few pictures when I want to remember some of the best times of my life.

What’s the solution? How do I disconnect?


For me the key is moderation. It’s taken a while to know what that is. In Sweden last October I maybe didn’t capture enough to fully create a video as I would have liked. In hindsight I know I could have done so in a way that didn’t encroach on my experience. So the following month when I visited Morocco, to avoid making the same mistake, I planned. I knew what I wanted to capture. If I knew I was going to the pier twice that trip, I’d pick one time, give myself a 20 minute window and say “get your shots”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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It sounds simple but it really free’d me up. There were times where I thought that the sunset was so beautiful I should go and get my camera. But I stopped myself. Maybe this will be the most beautiful sunset of the trip and the other shots won’t look quite as great. But I enjoyed that sunset. I took it in. I listened to my friends laughing. I could have easily tried to capture every single sunset and as a result missed out on fully appreciating any of them.

I hope you all had a great valentines day (whatever that means to you).

Stay loving, stay adventurous and see you next week.

Love, Kallum <3