Why We Should View the World From a Photographer’s Perspective
By: Valeria Ramos
A few years ago, an Instagram post by National Geographic photographer, Matthieu Paley inspired me to view the world from a photographer’s perspective.
Men and women who make a living behind the camera find beauty in everything that they see, capturing moments and preserving them for future generations. I believe this makes photographers optimists by nature—they see the best in every subject they shoot, be it a person, place, or even an object.
Travel photographers, for instance, have the power to give people a look at life around the world, often from locations not represented in mainstream media. Take Pakistan—a country labeled by the West as a place of war and poverty. From the perspective of photographer Matthieu Paley, however, Pakistan is “incredible” and “often misunderstood.”
“[Mainstream media] can open your mind, amaze you, or narrow it, giving you a false impression of the world, of a people, ” Paley said. “When I hear something bad about a place or a country, I always have one question, ‘Have you been there?’ If the answer is no, I take that opinion with a grain of salt.”
By challenging yourself to view the world as a photographer would, you might be amazed at the beauty you’ll find in even the most ordinary surroundings. More importantly, you could discover a newfound sense of curiosity for your environment and that which lies beyond.
“I want my son to make up his own mind about the world, I will do everything to instill a sense of curiosity in him, of questioning,” Paley said.
In a world dictated by the media, it is important to question everything and, if you can, travel often.
Follow Matthieu Paley on Instagram @paleyphoto for more travel photography and inspiration.
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