In the social media age, it can feel like our Instagram feeds are constantly bombarded with photos of people on their holidays. When we’re stuck at home and the weather isn’t great, it can be detrimental to our mental health seeing, what seems like, everyone else away whilst we’re not. So why do people take photos of their holidays? Is it just to make everyone else jealous?
I don’t think this is always the case. Social media can be a good thing if used correctly and taken for what it is. People only put the best versions of themselves online so we should take holiday photos as what they are; people enjoying life and be happy for them. I enjoy posting photos of my travels on social media and I like people knowing that I have been to places, just as much as I enjoy seeing where other people have been, and this can help start conversations. Seeing travel images on social media can help provide inspiration for future holidays.
It’s also great to take photos of our travels to show family and friends the adventures we have had when we get home. After travelling around Italy last summer, I couldn’t wait to show my friends and family the incredible photos I had taken.
Travel photography is one of my favourite things to look at so I would encourage people to take photos of the beautiful places that they visit
Photography is something that I am not naturally skilled at, but I enjoy taking photos and like practicing this skill whilst on holiday. Travel photography is one of my favourite things to look at so I would encourage people to take photos of the beautiful places that they visit.
The biggest reason to take photos whilst on holiday, for me, is for the memories. This summer I have been using a disposable camera and I cannot wait to get the photos printed because I’ll look back on them in years to come with fond memories of the holiday. As a visual person, photos hold the key to emotions for me and I can remember how happy I was in a particular moment.
The first thing I do when I move into a new room is to cover the walls in my photos, as I love to be reminded of memories – and holiday photos are a big part of this. When I move into my new flat in September, I plan to put up photos of this summer to remind me of what a great time I have had.
As much as it is important to live in the moment and experience things, there is nothing wrong with capturing things on camera
I enjoy taking landscape photos of the scenery on holiday, but also love the occasional Instagram boomerang and have some great ones of the islands of Monterosso al Mare and Isola Bella from when I went to Italy, in which you can see the glistening waves and blue sky. When on holiday with friends, I love selfies and group photos to capture the memories and fun experiences. I have a selfie of my friends and I on the Plaza de Espana from my recent trip to Seville, which is a particular favourite.
Something I find particularly interesting and love reading about is articles and photo exhibitions that use photos of people from particular cultures to explore their history and culture of a particular area.
Whatever the reason for taking photos on holiday, I think it is necessary and a great way of remembering all the fun you have had. As much as it is important to live in the moment and experience things, there is nothing wrong with capturing things on camera.