Listen to those that know and then find out for yourself. When you travel make sure you take the time to meet a local. The internet is full of resources to tell us about fantastic places to photograph, but a local knows all the places off the beaten path. Instagram itself has a gillion hashtags that take us to prime destinations quite easily, but a local knows where there are less popular barns, old trucks, or pretty scenes. There are apps that tell us where the sun and stars will be, but a local knows the name of the home owner with the fabulous view. In short, we electronically have access to information that has greatly changed how we travel, but there is still no greater resource than a local. Be genuine in your purpose and conversation, but meet someone who calls that place home and heed them. They know. I have been to Wilton NH several times now to photograph the main draw which is waterfalls and an old mill, but the town itself is a great destination to explore and go “within”. Main Street is only about a hundred yards long and features a handful of businesses, but Wilton is warm and friendly in a big way. In the local clothing store I met Mr Richard Putnam who was kind, open hearted, and sincerely glad I was in Wilton to lead a one day workshop. He was curious and excited that a group of us would be exploring the town where his family went back several generations and he too grew up. He told me several times to make sure I visited the local library at the end of Main Street. He was right.
Photograph What You Feel .
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