The winner of the 2014 SATW Travel and Photography Award, Gary Arndt sold his house in 2007 and started traveling around the world since then searching for new ways of express all the talent he owns behind of a camera. He thought he’d be traveling for a year or maybe two. So far it has been over 6 years with no end in sight!
Global Frame´s editors team were impressed when founded out Gary Arndt´s portfolio and discovered all the pictures that were published on it. Specially, we admire the treatment that this travel photographer give to the composition, a big scenarios that describes the magnificent of the place that Gary Arndt wants to portray.
We would like to know better his philosophy of work and what does he think about express throughout a camera. So, we hope you enjoy reading this interview as well as we did making it.
Question.- Gary, first of all, let us congratulate for your deserved Travel Photographer of the Year award. Obviously this kind of recognition motivate yourself within a quite hard profession like yours, isn´t it?
Answer.- It is very nice to be recognized, especially for someone coming from such a different background as myself. I’m self trained and have only been published online.
Q.- What does travel mean for you?
A.- It means freedom and the opportunity to learn in the world’s biggest school.
Q.- How did you started your photographer career? What lead you to the travel and photography field?
A.- I knew nothing about photography prior to starting my trip around the world in 2007. What brought me to photography is a desire to share what I was seeing with the readers of my website.
Q.- What kind of things do you analyze when you’re preparing a destination?
A.- It depends. When I traveled to Antarctica I had a very set list of shots I wanted to get. I got most of them. In other places I just grab my camera and photograph whatever I come across. In either case I’m looking for images that capture the essence of a place.
Q.- What’s first? The traveler? Or maybe the photographer?
A.- Definitely the traveler. If I had to choose between being the world’s greatest wedding photographer and never traveling again, or traveling without my camera, my camera would be in the trash in a matter of seconds 🙂
Q.- Gary, your pictures look so beautiful, What’s the most important project that have you done within travel and photography discipline?
A.- Probably documenting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I’ve photographed 262 different sites around the world so far and I plan on visiting many more.
Q.- Your pictures so often are like scenes, with all the elements arranged in a magnificent way in order to transmit all the strength that your photos use to have. So, in general, what are the main messages that you expect to transmit throughout your pictures? What does usually your photos talk about?
A.- I’m not looking to send a message per se. I just want to share a moment or a slice of the world that people may not have known about. If I can brighten someone’s day for a moment or inspire someone to travel somewhere, I’ve done my job.
Global Frame: Gary Arndt, thank you very much for your attention and for share with us your knowledge and experiences.