The thing about travel photos is that they don’t tell the whole story. The true story gets muddled even further when those photos are prepped for Instagram. This isn’t a slam on Instagram, far from it. I think that global photos bring us a brighter more accurate picture of what the world has to offer. And it’s absolutely your choice to pick what you share with the world, and in what form
My point is this, are you tainting your own memories when you enhance or only share the perfect photos? I want to make my case by showing you a series of photos that I took at La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California.
I’m in love with this first photo. I think it’s spectacular. My money shot. But it doesn’t accurately reflect my experience.
Taking a step back, you see the whole pod of seals as they lay on the beach.
Let’s take one step further back. But still make sure the shot is tight and deliberately angled.
Same pod of seals, same beach, less than two minutes later than the above photos. Completely different picture of the experience, isn’t it?
This last photo is shown from the viewing platform at street level, about 5 minutes after the first photo (of the baby) was taken.
My memory of this moment during the vacation, is of the big picture, the crowds and the whole perspective. However, I do still get lost in the moment of the baby seal and his soft eye when I look at it. An entirely different feeling about that day. And while I have already shared a couple of the seal photos on my Instagram feed, I have withheld the photos of the baby feeling that it was intimate and a real treasure, personal to my experience and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to share it with the world.
So, which picture is the “right” one to share? What view of the scene do you relate to? Which of these pictures is the true reflection?