Dario Endara is an American photographer based in the Netherlands. Travel photography started as a hobby and eventually became his career. It has taken him to more than 30 countries and has helped him create a vast collection of images of people and places from around the world. Dario´s goal in life is to cover as much of the globe as possible and explore what it has to offer.
We have talked with him in order to know more about his experience taken pictures and immortalizing places around the world.
Question.- What does travel mean for you?
Answer.- Travel is a significant part of my life. It’s a way for me to get away and explore the world and understand what’s foreign to me. I love to meet new people and cultures and photograph the world the way I see it. Travel to me is an addicting hobby.
Q.- When did you started to feel that your future was linked to photography?
A.- As I continued to travel and photograph, I realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I would say that my interest in photography began after I graduated from college.
Q.- Beyond the technique ¿How do you tell a story with a camera?
A.- You can tell a story by capturing the subject in its surroundings in a profound way. You can achieve this through composition, lighting, and subject matter.
Q.- According to a photographic perspective, What kind of things do you analyze when you prepare a destination?
A.- Many factors go into preparing a visit to a new destination. I do a lot of research on the destination I plan on visiting in order to prepare myself for any obstacles that I may encounter. I try to learn as much of the destination as possible so I can incorporate it into my images.
Q.- What kind of attributes must have a professional that would like to work in the travel and photography environment?
A.- I always say that if you want to follow the profession of travel photographer, you need to possess these attributes: Patience, Open-mindedness, and Creativity. Patience will reward you with images you never thought you would be able to achieve. Open-mindedness will help you better understand the world which will help you in your travels. Lastly, creativity will allow you to express yourself through your style of images and will help you stand out amongst other travel photographers.
Q.- Which kind of obstacles do you think that has a travel photographer in his career?
A.- Travel photography is very challenging and competitive, as with any type of photography. But the main thing is to go out and shoot and enjoy it. Always remember to know where you are traveling to. Do some research of the locations you plan on visiting and that will help you better understand what to look for and to appreciate what the location has to offer. This also helps you understand the people and history and will prepare you for any inconveniences that may arise. Traveling to foreign lands introduces many obstacles, but when you are aware of these, you are better prepared. One of the main obstacles is language, but a smile is a universal greeting that will help you communicate with those who speak a different language. Always be respectful to the people, land, and cultures. Have an open mind and remember to always ask to take a picture of someone. Don’t always assume that it is ok to photograph someone without asking first. Some cultures find it disrespectful, but this again falls under doing your research. If you are able to return back home with a better understanding of the country and are able to show it through your images, then you have done your job.
Q.- Do you have any anecdote that would like to share with us?
A.- The most memorable photograph that I have taken so far is of an old Cuban woman smoking her cigar. It has become my signature photograph and I even use it on my business cards. Aside from being one of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken, it also has great memories attached to it. I met this old woman on the streets of Havana and we sat down and had a great conversation about her life in Cuba. We spent a good while chatting and laughing before I asked to take her portrait. She was more than happy to pose. The end result was better than I had expected.