I frequently hear the term “travel photography” discussed as if it deserves to be a category on it’s own, such as “landscape photography” or “street photography” etc. But what is travel photography? If it’s simply photography while travelling, then that could mean anything. One person’s home could be another person’s travel destination. One person’s exotic location could be mundane everyday life for a local inhabitant.
For example, I could go to Paris with my camera and call this “travel photography”, whereas someone who lives in Paris could take an identical set of photographs and they would only be able to call it “photography”. How far do you have to travel for it to be called “travel photography”? If I travel 2 miles to my local shops and take pictures, is that “travel photography”? If I go to the beach in Spain and take macro shots of my nose hair, is that “travel photography”?.
In my view, the term “travel photography” only has meaning to the person who took the photographs and should not be considered as a type of photography. I’m interested to hear other peoples opinions on this, especially Eric’s.