People Philippines Photography

Drummers from Camiguin Island, The Philippines

Drummers from Camiguin Island in The Philippines
Drummers from Camiguin Island in The Philippines

Camiguin Island is just off the north coast of Mindanao in the south of The Philippines.

Every year around October there is the annual Lanzone’s festival which celebrates the harvesting of the small fruit this island is known for.

During the week long event there are many parades and festivities. The crowning of Ms. Camiguin island is the show’s main event. Amongst all this will be live music created by locals.

The above photograph are local drummers who’ve painted their faces to match their yellow & red costumes.

Philippines Photography Places

Colorful boat on a tropical blue sea

Colorful boat on a tropical beach
Colorful boat on a tropical beach in The Philippines

Travel Photography from The Philippines

Boats like this in The Philippines are known as “bankas”. They transport people short distances all over small islands, or along the coast.

They are also used for fishing, and transporting goods. Some are decorated with bright colors like this one, which make them really stand out.


Colorful Iranian Tiles

Colorful Iranian Tiles
Colorful Iranian Tiles

Colorful tiles in Iran

Iran is famous for it’s ceramics. This includes bright colorful Persian tiles that feature a unique design of spirals and flowers along with angular shapes.






Interviews photograpy-articles

Interview: Travel Photographer Dave from The Longest Way Home

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Travel Photography by a real global traveler

Welcome back to Vewe from Indonesia who manged to grab sometime with Dave from The Longest Way Home for a look at the world of travel photography.

Travel and photography has become two inseparable things these days.  Taking photos while traveling is easy, what’s difficult is taking the kind of photograph that can tell you a story, the ones that capture true emotion, those that mesmerize you.

[learn_more caption=”Click here to reveal more about Dave’s journey”]Dave is one of the few talents out there who constantly deliver these kinds of travel photographs. He is about to start his 7th year of travel without going back home. Why? Because Dave has been meticulously traveling the world searching for a place to live. All documented through his fascinating travel blog and accompanied by some great documentary style travel photography. Dave’s also been kind enough to share several articles here on FotoArk over the past few months. [/learn_more]

Hi Dave,

Thanks for agreeing to do an interview with FotoArk.

Vewe: How long have you been a photographer and what got you started?

About 9 years now. The accidental photographer? It happened first before this journey, but involved travel. 6 years ago I wanted it as a way to simply document my overland travels. Then as situations developed I began to capture them too. Examples being riots, people others don’t see, real life not just tourism.

Vewe: You specialize in travel and documentary. Why do you concentrate in these types
of photographs? Can you explain the key differences you as a photographer experience in
each one?

Again, it’s a capturing my journey philosophy more than capturing an image. My journey is quite unique, and has taken on many spectrum’s since the start. It allows me access to places others don’t go. Travel photography these days is quite bland. We’ve all seen the standard tourist shots. Over the past few years, new angles, giga photos and HDR have tried to liven it up a bit. But, we still see the same things.

I tell a story with many of my photographs. Others are part of story. We can all shoot the Taj Mahal. But how many shoot the workers restoring the Taj?

Vewe: What makes a good travel photograph? And, where is the best place for travel
photography according to you?

It’s got to make you feel emotion, and with travel; curiosity. Without this then it’s just another photo. Yes, it can look beautiful, but if it doesn’t make your heart jump then it’s lacking.

Best place? Anywhere you can. I’ll jump on a box here and mention the USA/UK censorship laws that treat photographers as terrorists these days. Compare that to walking down a street in India. There is no comparison. Photograph in a place you feel comfortable in is the real key.

Vewe: Can you share with us one of your most favorite piece of work and why you like

Sunset over Mindanao
Capturing a Sunset

Hard one that! I’d be biased and say it’s probably really boring as it would have personal emotional attachment to it. From my gallery I would have to pick ”

“The Real Ifugao Rice Terrace Worker, Sagada, The Philippines”. The guy just blew me away with his level of English. His proud look. And, his strength as he looks out over his diminishing yet historical rice terraces. The last of his kind.

After that, “My Afghan Refugee Girl”. Her look speaks volumes of what she’s been through.

Vewe: What’s the most challenging aspect of travel photography today and how have
you overcome it?

Backing them up. I am always on the road. I don’t have a base. So I rely on backing up online. It takes time and money to do this. After that I would say the challenge of securing model release forms when on a budget. Linguistically and legally it’s a challenge.

Vewe: Do you see yourself as travel photographer until you retire?

I’ve not thought about it that far. The answer is probably no. But, so long as there is a story to tell that few have heard about, then I will capture it.

Vewe: Tell us what’s been the most rewarding thing to happen to you through your

The pride some people take of having their photograph taken. In Pakistan and Iran “the arts” are highly appreciated. Being a writer or photographer in either country garners people’s respect. There are not so many places like that left.

Photographing an old man on the street. Showing him his photograph and seeing his face change … he’d not seen his own face in years. Let alone a photograph.  He touched the photograph, then his face. “Old”, he said with a thoughtful sad smile.

To me, it was heartbreaking moment.

Vewe: What are the two most important pieces of camera equipment you use and why?

A very soft clean lens cloth. A flexible shoulder strap, nothing worse than a bulky one that keeps getting in the way. A boring answer I think! But, lenses etc, are really dependent on the photographers needs. For me, getting in close is more important than “what lens”.

Vewe: How do you gain new clients in this competitive business? Do proactively
advertise, or do you literally knock on doors?

Door knocking in person. Examples of work done, and the ability to prove it. You can have a gallery with 10001 shots in it. But, no one is going to look through all that looking for examples.

Vewe: What advice would you give to someone just starting out who has a passion for
photography? Equipment, how to go about it etc.

Real Ifugao Rice Terrace Worker, Sagada, The Philippines
One of Dave's favorite photographs, a genuine Ifuagao rice terrace worker

Think practical about your equipment. I’d love to have a 10mm prime, a 600mm prime etc. but with my travel and lifestyle it’s not possible to carry “everything”. Go to a store, and try the lens, or camera you want. If you both fit, great. If not, try again.

Think of being in a world whereby everyone has a better camera than you. Now go out there and take a better photograph than them.

Vewe: A pro camera is better than an entry-level camera in the hands of an
intermediate, would you agree or not?

Yes, but at the end of the day if they don’t have heart and soul it won’t matter.

Vewe: What would you answer if a client asked you this: “What makes you different
from any other photographer?”

I work harder than anyone else to make people stop and think. I can go to places few people can, and capture things even fewer have. A free agent with no ties. That’s a rarity these days.

Interested in hiring Dave? Here’s some more information:

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  • Do you currently sell your photographs: Yes, drop me an email via my site
  • Do you currently offer stock photography: Yes, from Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, The Philippines, West Africa, North Africa. Food items, products and custom stock also available.
  • Would you be willing to sell your photographs to an agency? Yes
  • Would you accept a contract for photo shoot: Yes
  • Where are you available to photograph? I am available worldwide depending on the project
  • Contact Details: You can contact me via my website or via twitter: @TLWH

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Iran Photography Places

Image of the World Square at night, Iran

Imam Square Esfahan Iran at Night
Imam Square Esfahan Iran at Night

Travel Photography from Iran:

Imam square or Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan (Esfahan) ran. Noted for it’s extreme beauty this is a great place to come at night to see local Iranians taking quite walks in the square.

A peaceful and tranquil place that’s also surrounded by some great places to eat!

Featured Article photograpy-articles

2012 Photography Review

From new cameras to citizen journalism – 2012 in Photography

New Cameras that hit the spot in 2012

Both of the main players unleashed some major new updates to their arsenals Canon_5D_Mark_III

Nikon pushed out the Nikon D800/ENikon D600 while Canon launched EOS 650D / Rebel T4 and the long awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Olympus focus on PEN cameras and Sony continued to try for hitting gold with their A series.

The winner? Well, it’s hard not to give it to Canon with the superior 5D M3

Social Media and Photography in 2012

2012 was dominated with two key players in photography. Pinterest and Instagram. Both of whom blazed a trail throughout the year only to stumble in popular opinion when it came to

Pinterest won with retail, but lost with photographers. Instagram charged ahead the whole year only to be snapped up by Facebook and stumble terribly with a controversial privacy policy update that’s been reversed.

The winner? Google+. There’s no taking away the fact that many photographers moved to Google+ in 2012. With wide screen options and galleries not to mention Hangouts Google+ became the IT social network for photographers in 2012.

Photograph of the year 2012

It making a choice for photograph of the year we went for a mix of social, journalism and cold hard reality.

Massoud Hossaini from Afghanistan captured a Shiite woman standing among the dead and injured, after a bomb blast at the crowded Abu Fazal shrine in Kabul, on 6 December 2011.

For us this continues to hold as a photo of the year throughout 2012 and leading into 2013.

 © Massoud Hossaini
© Massoud Hossaini

India Photography Places

Golden sunrise on the Ganges, India

Sunset on the Ganges, India
Sunrise on the Ganges, India

Travel Photography from India

Nowhere in the world is there a sunrise like that on the Ganges. Golden colors sweeps along its sandy shores and sparkle like nowhere else. A 5am wake up call is needed, but for a once in a lifetime experience it’s worth it.