It’s not easy to find some free time with renowned photographer Steve Davey. In between photographic assignments, writing his new book, Footprint Travel Photography, and launching a new range of photographic tours in conjunction with Intrepid UK, we found a rare moment to catch up with the man behind the lens…
You’ve travelled throughout the world with your camera – where’s your favourite place to photograph?
Undoubtedly it has to be India. I love the pace and the chaos and the love of life. I love the colours and the faces and the exuberance of the religion. I love the people, the history and of course, the food!
What’s your key tip for improving your travel photographs?
The simplest thing is just to stop and think before taking the picture. Don’t get so blown away by the subject that you forget to be creative. It also helps if you can be totally familiar with your equipment and with all of the technical aspects so that your camera is on your side and not obstructing your creativity.
What’s the best experience you’ve had while getting a photo?
There are so many: climbing dunes in Namibia to photograph the sunrise, walking through the souqs of Morocco and bathing with Hindu pilgrims at various festivals in India. Flying around five countries in Southern Africa in a beaten up old Cessna was pretty cool too!
Where’s next on your travel list and why?
Next job looks like being up in the Arctic for a new travel website. I have been up there in the summer on an expedition ship looking for polar bears, but this will be on the ground at the end of winter which will be much more challenging!
What are you most looking forward to about leading the photography trips?
I really enjoying teaching people about photography, inspiring them to take pictures and use that as a motivation to get out there and see the world. In India I am looking forward to taking people to the Sonepur Mela. It is a fantastic festival – probably my favourite in India. Very few tourists get there but there are hundreds of thousands of people – and quite a few elephants. In Morocco, one of the highlights is the Sahara. On my last trip I gave a lesson on photographing by moonlight. Everyone was spread out over the dunes taking pictures of star trails!
What made you put pen to paper and write a travel photography book?
I realised that there is a big gulf between the pictures people want to take, and those that they end up with, and I didn’t think that there was a book that went into enough detail that was still approachable and easy to read. I wanted to write that book.
For more info on Impressions of Morocco and India with Steve Davey – please visit www.bettertravelphotography.com/phototours