The world is big, and many of us haven't had the opportunity to see too much of it in person. I was attracted to Emily Green's documentation of her travels via her colorful photography, and lifestyle approach to her images.
I did a little Q&A with her about her experiences abroad and how she was able to document them with such an authentic eye:
Tell everybody a little bit about yourself!
Hi! My name is Emily Green, and I am 22 years old. I graduated in May from LSU in Studio Art with a focus in photography and a business minor. I recently moved to New Orleans to get my MBA from Loyola.
You seem to have been blessed enough to travel to quite a few places abroad. Tell me a short list of all the places you've had the honor of being able to visit!
I have been very lucky to be able to travel so much! My family has always been going places since we (four of us kids) were born. I think we would rather spend our money on traveling and the experiences than on possessions. A few of the places I have been include (in order) Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Italy, Greece, Spain, & Portugal. Also, a lot of places across the US, a few of my favorites being my trip to Utah and New Mexico last year, Cape Cod, Nashville, and I always love the beach in Florida of course.
Do you have a favorite country that you have visited? How did going there influence your photography?
I think Italy or Greece would be my favorite but they are all so different that it is hard to pick one! I went to Italy before my senior year of high school, so I was really getting into photography. So going to a country with every street looking like a work of art, it really just gave me newfound inspiration to take a lot of pictures. I also then started to steer away from what the crowds were taking pictures of and try to capture little moments that had a more personal feeling. The pictures looking back are not that great, but they were a step in the right direction for sure.
What were the most memorable things that you got to see in Italy?
Well since my trip to Italy was almost five years ago, a lot of the memories I have are from those pictures I took. I remember one time in Venice there was a little girl chasing a flock of pigeons I took a photo of and loved the expression and life in the photo. After this, I started to take more pictures of people in the places I travel because it can show the personality of the country in a new way.
Then there have been some places, such as Havasu Falls or Santorini, where you can’t really capture the majesty in a photograph, so I just snap a few then just try to enjoy it without my camera.
Your travel photos have a very crisp and airy feel to them. Your use of color is really fresh. What type of scenes catch your eye when you're visiting a place for the first time?
I am definitely drawn to color wherever I go, and I am constantly keeping my eye out for an interesting composition. I also don’t focus too much on the famous landmarks that have millions of photos taken of them every week because I want my work to be representative of a place by the essence and style, rather than being clearly recognizable.
What type of gear would you recommend to people wanting to do travel photography?
I usually try to bring only two lenses and my camera body when I travel to save space and not have to lug around heavy gear. Also, going through airports and hotels, I don’t want to risk damaging or losing gear. My go-to travel lens is my Canon 50 mm f/1.2, but a 30 mm is also great for travel to capture a wider shot.
How would you recommend finding a balance between seeing the world through a camera lens and also creating in-person experiences without a camera while on a trip?
That’s a great question because I sometimes have my camera in front of my face and forget to enjoy the scenery. The best advice I would give would be to give yourself plenty of time in places you know you want good pictures so you don’t have to rush. Just take it all in first, and after you see everything, then you can discover more interesting photos. I don’t take a million pictures, I try to take less pictures but make them memorable. I think this comes a little bit from taking several film photography classes where you only had a limited amount of film, and you basically had to pay for each shot.
Tell me a little bit about your book you published.
I recently published a book of photos from my trip to Spain. It is a photography book documenting the scenes of Spain and Portugal. It is not filled with of touristy shots of iconic landmarks, but more of an artistic view of the details, architecture, and culture. I also made a book similar from my trip to Greece. I have always had an interest in making books; pairing images together and sequencing a large batch of photos. Last year I took a photobook class which also gave me further appreciation for the art of the photobook!
Where is the next place on your list to travel and photograph?
Hmmm.. I am really wanting to go to more national parks, with the top ones being Yosemite and the Red Woods. I have seen a lot of people going to Iceland which seems like a photographer’s dream, but I am not a big fan of cold weather so I’m not so sure about that one. I really just want to go everywhere, but a few countries on my travel bucket list include: Ireland, Morocco, Thailand, France, Canada, and South Africa.
Where can people view more, purchase, or keep up with your work?
My website is www.emilygreenphoto.com and you can check out more travel photos by going to portfolio tab then clicking on the “travel” box. You can also find me on Instagram at @emilygreenphoto. I sell my books through blurb, if you want to see what I have available you can go here: http://www.blurb.com/user/emily217