Trying to develop a particular approach in your travel photography and videos can make for a rewarding challenge while on the road.

When I started traveling more regularly, I just randomly took pictures and videos and posted them online. It was fun and my family got to see my vacation pictures.

Then one day, after I joined Vine, I realized I was following a whole bunch of people who were doing the same kind of stuff. And it wasn’t long before I realized I could probably do the same thing, or riff on that style in an interesting way.

Fast forward to today, when I’ve actually developed a style on my preferred social network (Vine). I’m no Vine star, but a few people seem to enjoy my work and the Vine team occasionally features it on the front page.

Perhaps more importantly, working within a style has added a rewarding challenge to my travels. I’m no longer just randomly snapping pics at every turn; instead, I’m looking for moments of calm and beauty — a practice that is actually very rewarding on the road. It’s sort of like always being on a scavenger hunt.

In other words, travel is better when it involves some sort of purpose. Sometimes that’s a big purpose — work, humanitarian missions, etc. — but it can also be something as minor as trying to look at the world through a lens (both literally and figuratively) that changes the way we think about it.

In my case, this practice has given me a chance to reflect on how there are awesome things everywhere in the world. And while I’m not suggesting everyone or anyone need mimic my particular approach to travel photography/videography, I do think that figuring out some style, whatever it may be, will lead to more enriching experiences.

In that spirit, here are a few more of the Vines I’ve shot over the last year or so since I began trying to approach images, and social media, with a particular purpose and style in mind.

Related reading:

Five people every traveler should follow on Vine

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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