During my long trip to China I carried a handy Point and Shoot camera. In one of the colorful touristic festivals I encountered numerous photographers carrying Apollo-spaceship-sized cameras. Although I managed to produce some decent photos with my small camera obscura, I expressed my frustration to one of my trip-mates, who replied: "They are not photographers, they are people with cameras!”
Well – if I have to choose between being "A traveling photographer” and "A traveler who photograph” I definitely choose the latter. Traveling, exploring, being a geographer, maintaining a sense of curiosity – are my keys to successful photos. The digital age and the Internet are important means, but still – only means to achieve the goal of showing people the environment.
I see myself as an "Environmental Photographer”. Getting inspiration from nature, outdoors, and activities of any living creature, delivering them to others via images, and raising environmental awareness through photography.
To put it in numbers, I believe that 75% is the photographer, location and seizing the opportunity, and 25% for the equipment.
So – if you want to start taking pictures, get out first and explore the world…