Dr Prem Jagyasi Photography
Essential components of photography tourism
The most important component of photographic tourism revolves around the human element that functions behind the camera. The photographer himself is a key component. You need to have the right kind of ‘eye’ or in other words a perceptive vision that enables you to view your subject and whatever stands beyond. The image is a just an outline of the object as focused through the length abiding by the laws of physics. This is the mathematical aspect of photography. It is factual and straight. Beyond this there lies the aesthetic aspect of photography where the tourist photographer needs his subtle artistic sense to feel the pulse of his subject. This is where life is infused in the snapshots making the photos vibrant and meaningful. For example, a beautiful lake is the subject. It is factual and has certain dimensions. However, capturing this amazing feature of nature in the backdrop of sunset or sunrise is purely the photographer’s discretion which makes the shot so different from the rest, and this is one essential and a very basic component of photographic tourism that puts life in your creation.
The second most important component of photographic tourism is the subject who stands as the cynosure of discussion inviting a flow opinions when exposed to the public be it through internet social networking, gallery exhibition or photographic albums. The sequence of organizing the snap shots is equally important as they exhibit briefly your entire tour itinerary. It makes your photography meaningful placed against the backdrop of your visits to different places. The weather and climatic factors are not to be overlooked as they are very crucial components, which can enhance the quality of the picture or can spoil it. Mt. Kanchenjunga is no less than a glimpse of heaven under a sunny blue sheet overhead that spans from November to mid May. This divine glory on earth is pathetically lost behind heavy drenching gray sheets of downpour if visited in a wrong time. All you get is a hazy blur through your lens. The season that you choose for a photography tour is a deciding factor and is indeed a vital component of photographic tourism.
Your passion for photography is a quality in you that finds expression whenever you set out with your camera as an important part of your luggage. However, the emphasis may shift from subject to subject. You may be a specialist on sea waves or you may have a strong penchant for distant snow capped peaks for that matter. You may pace up and down for kilometers across the ruins of an ancient civilization like Nineveh in Northern Iraq or among the dust and rubbles of Mohenjo-Daro in Pakistan with your roving eyes hunting for a subject, an artifact or a figurine worth capturing in your lens. These individual subjects and their images become essential components of photography tourism .The creative value of these specific shots are often appraised by connoisseurs showing an intense weakness for the specific subject.
The camera, film quality and the standard of film processing and development are certainly the foundation blocks of photographic tourism. Needless to say, they constitute the chief components of photographic tourism. If you go for a digicam, you need not worry about the film development. The digitized photo finishing tool is inbuilt in the cam. Off course, the camera is only the mechanical component of the entire cycle. The real elegance and finesse of the art that imparts life to the photo rest on the fingers that click the button and the eyes that view the subject through the lens.