Avoiding Travel Photography Clichés

I find it hard sometimes to take travel photos that look different. 

When you're on Instagram these days and you look at a travel hashtag there's a definite theme... and I'm not just talking about the fact that they're all of travelling duh!

Everyone takes the same photos... girl looking out wistfully from an infinity pool/guy stands on top of mountain/dude dangles feet off skyscraper/ass/six pack/insert cool car into cool location... you've seen them.... I've taken them... we're all guilty.

This stuff gets clicks and likes and brands you as a travel photographer... especially if you're mountains are high-key edits and your sea shots have super saturated colours.

And hell- if you've got a drone, my lord, you are amazing!!  

I get it. I want to have those relatable pics that people love and put me comfortably in my niche.

But: 

1... I don't really shoot like that. I have no ass/sixpack/cool car/drone. 

2. I don't have a photographer friend to take cool shots of me doing cool stuff... I end up taking pictures of other people.... making them look cool! (There was a time in Japan, where I had literally taken about 10 people's facebook profile pictures and I had some awkward blurry mess from way back...unfair!) 

3. I really don't want to take photos that look like other peoples. And I try to type that with as little wanky artist vibes as possible.... but I really do want to try and be different. 

Now, we all know that's pretty hard these days... originality is practically impossible and the further you go down that route the harder it is to get work for what you do (sometimes!). 

So I decided to start small... be original for me. Try and take the photos I wouldn't normally take. I was in Italy too... which is crazy photogenic... and I was supposed to be filming. So let's call this a casual effort!

But nevertheless, I tried to shoot different from how I normally do. I don't think there's anything groundbreaking here... but I just thought I'd share my quest to start trying!

Jx