We talk to the winner of the Social Photographer of the Year award about how to take the perfect shot for social media success.
How did you get into travel photography?
I’ve had a passion for photography ever since I was young, but could never settle on a specific genre to pursue. As I grew more independent, I started booking my own trips with photography as a primary focus. After some extensive travelling and dedication to the craft, it’s now become the main aspect of my career, forming a fantastic crossover between my two biggest passions.
What makes a good social photograph?
Photography, as with all art, is all about communicating a message or a story. For photography to do well across social media it needs to be visually enticing and impactful, yet at the same time relatable. What I enjoy most about sharing images is the impact it has — it can inspire others to get creative and travel. If an image can do all of those things, then I’d definitely classify it as a great social photograph!
What’s your favourite destination in the whole world and why?
Japan is hands-down my favourite destination. Ever since my first trip about four years ago, I’ve struggled to find anywhere as intensely inspiring and energetic. The wild difference in the culture, compared to the UK, mixed with the visual aesthetic and attention to detail in everything the Japanese do, makes it a destination I seriously crave every few months.
If you could travel back in time to anywhere, when and where would you choose to go?
I’m a huge tech geek, so I’m fascinated by the development of ideas and big thinking. I’d love to go back in time to witness the industrial revolution and see the foundations of the modern world being created. That was certainly a time of big ideas and big personalities!
What’s on your travel wish list for 2019?
I’m hoping to do more long-term travel throughout 2019, experiencing destinations in greater detail. I’m eager to finally explore more of Canada and have already planned to be based in Japan for a significant chunk of the year. The aim for the time being is to keep moving, keep exploring and keep shooting photos.
What has been your most ‘liked’ photograph?
My most ‘liked’ image is a view of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a beautifully soft evening sun glowing behind. The view itself is fairly standard, but I think the story behind my excitement and desire to finally see these buildings after the last 20 years or so really resonated with my audience. It was an incredible evening capturing that shot; one that I’ll definitely cherish for the rest of my life.