Pico Iyer, the British essayist and novelist, most perfectly sums up that "the sovereign freedom of traveling comes from the fact that it whirls you around and turns you upside down, and stands everything you took for granted on its head." Why do we travel if not, in fact, to embrace new cultures, places, experiences, and to see everything in a different light? We have all likely heard the Proust adage in some form or another about how the discovery of our travels lies not within the new sights, but with the new eyes we see them through. This is never more apparent than in the photos that we take when we are traveling. Some of our best photos are travel photos, no matter whether they are taken on long global excursions or short trips; it is that they make us deviate from our normal route. Traveling opens our eyes and heightens our awareness to minute details of places, people, or experiences that we may have otherwise never have noticed.
And while it is often textures and colors like these that first catch our eyes, it's the people that leave the lasting impressions.
Wherever we go, we have a camera to capture these moments untarnished by familiarity. (But yes, we are Polaroid, so that's probably expected.)
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