We Are All Explorers
Something I have learned in the past few years is that the qualifications for having an adventure are minimal. You don’t have to buy a plane ticket across the world to go for a hike or give up your full-time job to travel. Whether you’re gazing down an alley in a busy city, unearthing secrets in science, or trekking through the jungle in Borneo, there are always new things to discover. The hardest part is the first step out your front door.
As a photographer, if I feel a lack of inspiration, sometimes I take a walk through my neighborhood or garden to turn over rocks and sticks, just to see what exists beyond my computer screen. The exploration doesn’t have to stretch far but the key is to focus on finding something that fascinates me, like a bug I’ve never seen or one of my honeybees on a flower.
For this assignment, I want to focus on exploration. But I also want us to think outside the box on what this word means to each of us individually. Did you climb a new mountain? Have you been working on a cure to a disease? Did you find a new street that you’ve never seen before? Did you meet someone new? I want to see it all. I can’t wait to explore the world through your photos and stories!
National Geographic Explorer
Editor's Update 01
Going through your photos has been so enjoyable thus far and I’ve loved exploring the world through your images and lenses.
As I was developing this assignment, I thought a lot about my childhood. Growing up with geologist parents made for interesting trips and conversations. They encouraged me to pick up rocks, study animal tracks and climb up to the top of hills to get a better viewpoint. It soon happened that the curiosity about the world around me became a tool when I eventually became a photographer. This inquisitiveness and inspiration about the way life works is, to me, the heart of exploration photography.
The photos that have stood out from this assignment so far are the ones that ring true to the fun and curiosity of exploring as a kid. They open doors into worlds that you never imagined and leave you with a sense of awe. You all have submitted images with interesting angles and scenes that have allowed the viewer to feel like a witness to the scene.
Please continue to keep this fun in mind as you all submit images. Remember the rule of thirds and don’t be afraid to shoot into the sun. Lastly, the captions are just as much a part of the image as the content itself, so try to take time to write a detailed or thoughtful story or description.
Again, great work; I look forward to seeing your images — good luck!
Nat Geo Explorer