In going through all my photos to prepare my travel posts, I’m struck by the sense of what a great and adventurous journey life is. So, in a break from routine, I’m skipping my usual travel snapshot for today and looking at the overall idea of a journey. From a photographic perspective. But to start, let’s ask ourselves, what is a journey? The word journey is defined as follows:
nounnoun: journey; plural noun: journeys
- an act of travelling from one place to another.
- a long and often difficult process of personal change and development.verbverb: journey; 3rd person present: journeys; past tense: journeyed; past participle:journeyed; gerund or present participle: journeying
- travel somewhere.
Looking at that definition, what springs to mind for me is that a journey, regardless of which meaning you look at, is about movement. Or more specifically forward movement. From the travel perspective, I see a journey as the act of heading somewhere. Moving someplace to explore, relax, learn and experience new things. From a personal growth perspective, I see that same concept of heading somewhere – to a new you – and given that I see personal change and development as the pursuit of improving ourselves, I’ll label it as forward movement. The internal journey isn’t something that lends itself to photography – it’s a deep, personal change that is felt rather than seen. Unless of course that journey is the physical transformation to a healthier, fitter you 🙂 But the travel side of a journey is visible – whether by foot, boat, road, air or any other weird and wonderful means of transportation – we can photograph our journey through the world. So, I want to share with you today my favourite photos of some of my journeys. But tell me – Do you have a favourite means of exploring? Was there a particular journey you took that you loved above all others?
Dirt track … Klaserie private game reserve
This post makes up part of my contribution to the A-Z Challenge for April 2016
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