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Travelling for a year as a photographer

On the 7th January 2019 I set off from London and landed 19 hours later in Bogota, Colombia, beginning a year of travelling which would take me to fifteen countries on two continents. I learned a lot about what is and what isn’t needed and I’m going to discuss this here. Succumbing to what is known as Gear Acquisition Syndrome, I’d traded in my beloved Xpro 2 and lenses for a Medium format Fujifilm GFX50s. I was about to have the trip of a lifetime and I intended to capture this in the best quality possible. I’d already given the newly acquired GFX a run out in Patagonia on a short break, and even carrying one lens I knew this was going to take some getting used to. I’d picked up a 110mm in addition to the 32-64, all in all I was landing in South America with some weighty kit.

Throughout four months of travel in South America I used the camera every day, as I found myself in locations that were magnificent, the weight not so much of a concern as I wasn’t doing as much spur of the moment photography, and more measured landscapes, mountains and wilderness. I did notice that I was drawn to the longer 110mm lens, preferring to tightly frame rather than shoot wide with lots of negative space.

After South America I then hit Southeast Asia was and this is where I would have preferred a smaller camera, and in fact picked up a Fuji XE3 and couple of small primes. The landscapes are interesting on this continent but nowhere near the as exciting for me as the Andes. I spent more time in cities during the Asian part of my year out, and the small alleyways teaming with life were the hotspots where I really wanted a small, quick camera, so the XE3 with 23mm and 35mm was used lots more than the medium format behemoth.

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Laurence Taylor is a photographer based in Sydenham, and close to Forest Hill & Crystal Palace


Laurence Taylor Photography covers all of London including Herne Hill, Brockley, East Dulwich, West Dulwich, Bexley, Honor Oak, Greenwich, Clapham, Blackheath, Lewisham, West Norwood, Streatham, Peckham, Nunhead, Anerley, Gipsy Hill, Beckenham & Bromley.


Laurence Taylor Photography is available for corporate photography sessions in the City Of London.

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