Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer?! The chance of being a successful travel photographer is akin to winning the lottery, but against all odds, Ben Roberts is living the dream.
When Roberts isn’t photographing stories near his home in Madrid, he’s jetting around Africa, Europe, and the Americas. His clients range from the Monocle, Financial Times, The Guardian and British Airways ‘High Life’ Magazine and they have no problem keeping him busy.
Roberts explains what his dreamy job is like after landing in an unknown land, “The first 24 hours in a new country is always special – I try to soak in as much as possible and use all my senses as I find my feet. How a place smells, tastes and sounds definitely influences how I depict a destination, so I like to walk through the neighbourhood on arrival to get my bearings. Something as simple as visiting a small bar or cafe can really help when trying to quickly gain an insight into local life.”
Of course one must be highly skilled to be able to capture a nice story about place where they’re a stranger. It takes excellent people skills and one must be resourceful, especially in knowing how to pack a camera bag efficiently.
“As a travel photographer I have to be a bit of a jack of all trades. A week-long shoot could include street photography, posed portraits, interiors, landscapes and still life photographs, all to be shot with the kit from one backpack,” Roberts told the British Journal of Photography.
For those who won’t reach the level of success that Roberts has achieved, keep enjoying your travels and take photos for pleasure! Who knows when The Guardian might call!
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