Post-Exotic Travel Syndrome
The pompous expression is mine but I have heard many photographers talking and writing about this phenomenon: When one returns from a long stay in a place with a totally different cultural environment (for the westerner point of view, that is) it becomes very difficult to find sufficient interest in our local people, places and objects to justify the will to photograph them. That’s just what happened to me. After tree weeks of intense traveling in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra states, in India, I felt no visual interest whatsoever in my native environment. I know it’s temporary and I understand it’s difficult to compete with the exotic and photogenic India by comparison…
So I went for a couple of days to the far south of Portugal to find some rest and try to recover the will to shot less exotic motifs.
The Indian shots will be posted as soon as I finish developing (they were shot in RAW format) and organizing them.
School is up and I’ve started my preparations for the beginning of the school year. Time will be scarce for photography in the following weeks…
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