TRAVEL AND PHOTOGRAPHY: OUR INTERVIEW TO ROSS MOWBRAY – part II
We already introduced you Ross Mowbray, in the first part of this interview, and with the help of this young London-based photographer we want to explore the relationship between travel and photography… read it over and let it inspire your next adventure.
- Is there a piece of work you are particularly attached to or proud of?
One of the photos I’m most attached to is probably the shot I took at the top of the Kjerag mountain in Norway. The feeling of being that high up, looking over the Lysefjord 1000m below, with the wind smashing into my face was incredible. I took the photo with my arms outstretched and my GoPro in my mouth using a self timed burst setting. Every time I look at the photo, I get the feeling of being back on the top of that mountain, in that moment, taking in the ridiculously good view all over again.
- Which impression or sensation would you like other people to feel by looking at your photography?
I would like anyone viewing my photos to feel inspired to go out and take their own photos. If even one person looking at my photos likes what they see, and that photo sticks in their mind, for whatever reason, and gives them an urge to go out and shoot their own photos, then I’d be happy with that. I get a number of comments and messages from people saying that my photos are a great reminder to them of when they were in London or used to live there, which is a great feeling too.
- What kit do you shoot with? Do you consider it important for travel photography?
I shoot the majority of my photos with an ageing Canon 550D. I use a variety of lenses, including a 24-105, 10-18 and a 50mm. The body of my camera setup is basic, but the lenses I use make the bigger difference to my photos.
I think it’s more important to know everything about the gear that you’re using and how to use it, rather than having a piece of kit that is top of the range, but not knowing how to use it properly, so I would say it matters more what you’re shooting, and how, rather than what you’re shooting it with. If the image and composition is good, then (within reason) it won’t matter what the photo is taken with. I also use my GoPro Hero 4 Silver and often my iPhone 6 for a lot of my photos if I’m out and about without my camera.
- Why is the relation between travel and photography so strong according to you?
I’m not sure I could pinpoint an exact reason, but being able to almost relive a travel experience or moment or make someone else feel the same just by looking at photos that you’ve taken is definitely a strong reason.
- What do you look for with your camera when you travel? Which are your favorite subjects to portray?
At the moment, I wouldn’t say I have a particular favourite, or a particular subject that I look for. Anything that stands out to me, I’ll take a photo of.
- Is travelling necessary in order to find images, stories and inspiration according to you?
No. I think that a lot of people think that to find images, stories and inspiration, they have to travel half way across the world, when in reality, those 3 things are probably a lot closer to home than they think.
- Finally, can you please tell us something about a travel experience that has been particularly touching or interesting for you?
In 2015, I made a fairly last minute decision to go to Norway. For years, I had seen photos of people standing on the ‘Kjeragbolten’ and always wanted to do it myself. With minimal planning, I booked a ticket. 24 hours later, I was back in England having completed what had been at the top of my bucket list for a number of years. The feeling of standing on top of that 5 cubic meter rock, wedged in between 2 cliffs, with an immediate drop either side of about 1000 meters was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
The lack of planning and small timescale that I had, baring in mind I had to fly out of England on a Saturday, rent a car in Norway, get a few hours sleep, drive to the start of the hike, then complete the 2 hour hike up the mountain, come back down, drive back to the airport and get home and still go to my day job on Monday, made the trip that bit more exciting and the sense of adventure, along with the feeling of accomplishment and adrenaline that little bit greater.