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How to travel like an artist

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Lots of people ask me for my advice on how to take better photos when they travel. Even before I ran workshops I would have people ask me advice when they found out I was a photographer – I’ve spend many hours at parties discussing people’s photos and cameras with them. I am always happy to help with tips and ideas, the ‘tricks’ I’ve developed over the years and the plentiful supply of techniques I’ve learnt over my education and career.

But for me the most essential, the most stupendously important part of photography is the approach you take, your personal philosophy almost, how you see the world around you and how that translates to your photographs. It’s connecting with what photography means in your life, how you feel about the world around you and the act of creating that creates so much influence in what and how you choose to shoot.

So today I have created a very short, but hopefully impactful 3 min film that encapsulates how I approach travel as a photographer. This is all about how I experience travel and how that translates into my photos.

I would love to know what you think of this video. Is this how you travel and take photos? 

Please comment below.

And I would love it if you could share this with anyone who love photography – sharing is so crazy helpful for me to spread the word of my work πŸ™‚ Thank you.

Have an amazing rest of the day and thanks for being part of this awesome community of great photo-lovers.

Happy photographing!



Website admin -Owner of Anthony Epes photography and Cities at dawn website


  1. des
    08/11/2017 @ 10:20 PM

    and the music was? I really like this Anthony, very thoughtful and I recognise that this is exactly what you do. Particularly your turn on going to see what those who have gone before have seen rather than just going to see. Love it. All best mate. Des

    • Epes
      09/11/2017 @ 2:21 PM

      The music is by 2Cellos, a track called Benedictus. Still gives me the chills whenever I hear it. Thanks for your kind words and understanding Des πŸ™‚

  2. Paul
    09/03/2017 @ 7:31 AM

    “I go to see things. I don’t expect to see things”
    What I learn from this Anthony is that I should look at life and not only objects. In Paris you know you will see the huge cast iron icon – but what about the people looking at it, or the poor guy who has to paint it, or the small streets in the vicinity. I will also have to learn to get up early.

  3. Simon Roth
    08/03/2017 @ 11:49 PM

    Dear Anthony
    Loved your travel photography video. I think losing your expectations of a ‘good’ shot and seeing things for the first time is harder than it sounds. I’ve just returned from St. Clara (Cuba) and was taking loads of mediocre shots when I came across a local photography exhibition of the same city. Looking at those pictures really shocked me into realising how narrowly I was shooting, and went out and found a completely new style!

  4. Ben
    08/03/2017 @ 3:53 PM

    Excellent video, Anthony – good ideas within and had me reaching for my ruck-sack and camera and heading for the door – that’s a lot to get into a 3 min video so kudos. I’d never really appreciated the pre-sunrise light concept either, so I’ll use that – thank you!

  5. dick
    08/03/2017 @ 9:28 AM

    Dear Anthony

    I have very much enjoyed your newsletters, especially on Haas. The video was moving. Great stuff, thanks for your hard work
    best wishes

  6. Sylvia
    08/03/2017 @ 3:48 AM

    Beautiful images-love your thought process.

  7. Camellia
    07/03/2017 @ 11:37 PM

    Loved your video made me wish I was traveling with you so that together we could go see. This summer I am traveling to Italy with the hopes to “see” things with my eye and my lens. Very nicely done video, thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚