For a photographer it’s all about telling a story through imagery so finding the right subject matter is half the battle. Locating something which hasn’t already been shown half to death can be tricky, you don’t want to re-hash something which has been done before unless you’re taking a new angle on it. Fortunately there are still many locations left in the world which remain exotic with an array of untold tales or new angles which are begging to be covered.
Entirely underestimated as one of the most beautiful locations in the world, Norway contains a vast untainted beauty which takes one into a fantasy landscape only seen in movies. Although it’s not an inexpensive stay there are still many secret locations for backpacking photographer’s looking to leave their mark. From the picturesque fjords to the breathtakingly pure, heavily forested mountains complete with cascading waterfalls – this ancient land of the Vikings is one in a million and covered in secrets. Investigate the Scandinavian architecture and old statues of trolls and other Norse mythology.
Although a bustling tourist centre, there remains a lot to be uncovered by a travelling photographer with an alert eye. With ancient Inca ruins littered across the Sacred Valley there’s rich historical imagery surrounding the country which seems to separate it from the rest of South America. Machu Picchu has an almost ethereal beauty and more attention and secrets await within the architecture established by old colonial forces which traversed the depths of the Amazon.
Much of Europe is geared towards receiving tourists wanting to visit the Old World. The people and tourism establishments are good at putting up Ye Olde show, but the prices are clearly tourist ready and the same stale tales are everywhere. Off the beaten track in the outskirts of the Czech Republic, however, you’ll still find the real thing. With low prices in local taverns and unknown but beautiful hotels you’ll come in for most goods, services and all important tours at around half the price as in the cities, and you may well find inspiration for a whole new story to tell through your pictures.
It’s starting to draw a little too much attention to retain the label of an exotic location for much longer but at this stage it’s still reasonably priced and there are still angles to be discovered and covered. From the ancient Buddhist Temples and culture to the magnificent islands littering the horizon, your lens is bound to get a new scoop.
Article by Angelique Wentworth
Angelique Wentworth is an experienced content producer who writes about various different topics including exotic travel destinations and about her favourite wedding photographer Cape Town.