Photo Safari Defined
Some of you might be confused by the term Photo Safari. Dictionary dot com defines Safari as...
- a journey or expedition, for hunting, exploration, or investigation, especially in eastern Africa.
- the hunters, guides, vehicles, equipment, etc., forming such an expedition.
- any long or adventurous journey or expedition.
They also define Photo as short for Photograph... 😉 Since I have not yet found a dictionary that specifically defines a Photo Safari, perhaps I should offer mine?
A journey or expedition in search of one's own individual concepts in the creation of a Photograph.
Wow! Kinda deep huh? Yes it is. At least that's how I see it. Does that mean a Photo Safari is actually a Photo-walk? Well a Photo Safari could be confused with that term, but I personally consider it to be so much more. A Photo-walk as I see it is typically "less formal." Most of the Photo Walks that I have been on are designed to get a group of people together for a marketing purpose connected with the Photographic Industry. Now before you get your hackles up let me explain my comment.
Photo Safari vs. Photo-Walk
Photo-walks are fun. I've been on many of them. I've even organized one or two. They are a great way to get a large group of people together and motivated with a camera. A Photo Safari per my definition goes somewhat further. Typically on the Photo Safaris I organize, people who attend seem to be more serious in the art of taking a Photograph, not just a picture. However do not take this as gospel, because sometimes I just show people locations that I know of. However most of the time there is purpose in their quest.
Being part of one of my Photo Safari's I wish you to capture the magic of the experience. To look at the surroundings and light differently. To shoot the tree instead of the whole forest. To feel the Zen of the area and people with whom you are with. Instruction and ideas to practice are always given by myself, yet we also learn from each other.
You can place twenty people in the same location, at the same time, all shooting the same subject,and we will get twenty different interpretations of that subject. That is so cool! Because when we share that experience there is no one "better," only each individuals art, and the lessons we can learn from one another that we individually might have overlooked. Isn't that awesome? Because it makes us all grow as photographers and artists! As people too... because now we might be more inclined to look at each other and our distinctions in a different light. Peace and understanding instead of stress and conflict.
Also a Photo Safari can be one person, (quite often, I go alone) two people, or two hundred or more and any number in between. The most important ingredients are a camera of any type (yes, even a point and shoot, or your cell phone) and the attitude of the participants to forget everything else and be in the moment.
Where can a Photo Safari occur?
Absolutely anywhere! The universe surrounds us! We can Photograph the lights of the strip, the clowns downtown, in a shopping mall, or in the middle of nowhere. In a forest, in the desert, in the mountains, or even in a hotel room. There is always something or someone to capture in a different light. I would love to have you join me!
By the way... I am a Photographer, not a writer. If you find some typos sorry about that, let me know and I'll change them. I know that can just scream out to some people. However did you notice that I capitalize Photograph and not picture? That is not a typo, because a Photograph is more important in my world... One of these days I hope to compose some good ones.
Thanks for reading.