I’ve been to some of the more dangerous places on this Earth, and each time, my friends and family sent me off with a warning and a plea to be careful.
No one ever warned me about Tuscany. Yet it was there—and not the slums in Haiti or the backstreets of the Congo—that I fell off a wall and narrowly escaped death. I shattered my feet and cracked my pelvis. Three others fell from that wall in the months before I did—I was the only one who lived.
I feel very safe when I travel. The more time I spend in the remote corners of the planet, the more I find that people are people, the food isn’t as scary as it looks, and that life kind of just goes on the same way there as it does here—wherever here is. That it was Tuscany, Italy, that almost did me in and not one of the places everyone’s always scared about amuses me tremendously.
It points to the fact that our fears are mostly a smokescreen. They’re unhelpful and they can blind us—and that applies no matter where we travel or even if we travel at all.
Fear is the biggest obstacle in our creative lives, and it often causes us to react in ways that sabotage the best potential outcome.
I just posted a new video in the series I created for you. But What If I Bring The Wrong Gear? is a look at three of the more common worries of photographers, particularly those who travel and want to come home with More Than Snapshots and Postcards. If you didn’t see the second video or the first one, Have Camera Will Travel, you still can.
But take a moment and watch the latest video, because I think if we can re-calibrate our relationship to these three fears and react differently to them, we can prevent them from totally derailing our creative efforts.
Watch But What If I Bring The Wrong Gear? now
In another couple days, enrollment opens for my new MentorClass course, The Traveling Lens. I’ll send you a quick email to let you know it’s open and give you a few more details, but if you’re curious (or impatient), you can see it all now on TheTravelingLensCourse.com.
My most robust MentorClass yet, The Traveling Lens is dedicated to the passionate photography of place. Filmed in Varanasi, India, this course is everything I know about traveling with my cameras and making the strongest possible photographs while doing so. The Traveling Lens focuses not just on single images, but on making intentional and powerful bodies of work.
When The Traveling Lens opens on Tuesday, August 28, there are some excellent reasons to be among the first to sign up.
The first five people to enroll will get a one-on-one mentoring session with me on Skype. That’s a $500 value, and the course isn’t close to that much.
The second five each get one of only 500 copies of my latest limited edition book, Pilgrims and Nomads.
And if you sign up within the first 24 hours, you’ll get a PDF copy of The Print & The Process, a book about the way I created four different bodies of work in Kenya, Venice, Iceland, and Antarctica. It’s out of print now, so the only way to get your hands on it is with this digital edition.
But wait, there’s more! In celebration of the wonder of travel, everyone who enrolls will be entered into a draw and one lucky photographer gets to go anywhere in the world with a brand new Fuji X-T2 and 18-55mm lens. No fine print. We’ll send you a ticket for anywhere USD$1500 will take you (that’s just about anywhere!) and give you a new camera to take with you.
If you’re eager, you can see all the details now at TheTravelingLensCourse.com, but enrollment doesn’t open until 9 am EDT (New York time) on Tuesday, August 28.
If you want to be first in line, don’t wait for the email; just set your alarm. At 9 am EDT, the enrollment buttons will magically appear and they’ll be there for one week only, until the end of the day on September 04.