One of the best things about travel is the connections we make with others. When we take time to be in a new place with the locals, it lets us understand the culture and land a little more. At times we may not have language in common. Still, you find a way to communicate and share some commonalities, and as a photographer, translating those moments into visuals so your audience can share in that connection is one way to break down barriers. This week we look at a handful of travel photographers that connect us with new spaces and the people in them. If you want the chance for your account to be featured on AlphaUniverse.com, make sure you tag your Sony photography posts with #BeAlpha. And don’t forget to follow @sonyalpha for your daily dose of Sony photo inspiration.
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Ira Block – @irablockphoto
Ira Block is an internationally notable photographer, lecturer and Sony Artisan Of Imagery. As a documentary photographer, throughout his career he has created many stories for National Geographic. He's spent much time documenting life in Mongolia, Bhutan, Cuba and Tibet, as well as teaching others to do the same. Block has an Instagram feed that is full of life and heart from all over the world...and well worth a follow.
Pierre T. Lambert – @pierretlambert
As a travel photographer and vlogger, Pierre T. Lambert has traveled the world photographing and filming all walks of life – from the streets of Tokyo, Japan (like the image featured below), to the beaches of French Polynesia and the red high desert landscape of Utah. Both his photos and videos are engaging and inspire you to pick up your camera and forge your own path in the world of travel content creation. For tips, inspiration and endless enthusiasm, follow Lambert.
Taylor Rees – @taylorfreesolo
Taylor Rees is a Sony Artisan Of Imagery, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker that focuses on landscapes, natural resource issues and the human connection. Rees aims to bring fresh perspectives and a deeper understanding of climate change, conservation, human rights, environmental justice and extractive industries. People are the heart of her work, and her dedicated passion for working with them to tell their stories is present in every image. It's easy to find yourself lost in her feed for some time, intrigued with what the next photo has to say.
Eliana Vélez – @elianavelez__
Eliana Vélez is a visual artist spending her time between New York, Cuba and Colombia. Her Instagram is full of deep and soulful tones that quietly and beautifully showcase her explorations on the street of Havana, New York or in the middle of the sand dunes in Colorado. This diversity of landscape flows seamlessly throughout her feed, giving you a sense of each place and the people there. Not only will she inspire your creativity, but her account will also provide a daily dose of beauty. This image was made with the Sony Alpha 7R III.
Little Schooner Studios – @littleschoonerstudios
Little Schooner Studios is made up of Denis Dowling (@capndarling) and Allie Medeiros (@_alli_sun_). The couple travels the world on their boat, documenting life on and off the sea. They embrace the wonder of this style of life while creating beautiful images that show they don't mind going off the beaten path. They often connect with the people they encounter and portray them as they are. For beautiful adventures on land and sea, @littleschoonerstudios will not disappoint. They created the image below with the Sony Alpha 7 II and the Sony 24-70mm f/4.
Erika Hobart – @erikaexplores
Erika Hobart is a photographer and writer based in Marrakech, Morocco.
With a background in journalism, each image has a strong narrative that puts you right in the moment. This is extended by Hobart's warm and classic style that seems to be from a time gone by, creating a sense of sentimentality that adds to the beauty of her work. You will find yourself browsing her feed lost in her travels for some time. The photo was made with the Sony Alpha 7R III and the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.
Briain Coleman – @briaincoleman_
Currently based in Bali, travel photographer Briain Coleman shares his time there with a clean, minimalist approach that focuses on places and people. He creates a beautiful idealistic view of his travels, with crisp blue-green tones that are constant throughout his work. His style is present in the image featured below, as it adds a sense of connectivity within his explorations.