Today we are chatting with Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere having recently won the 2014 SATW Photographer of the Year. Gary has been travelling the world since selling his house in 2007. He has visited over 150 countries on all 7 continents including 250 UNESCO sites. He has become one of the world’s leading travel photographers and we are lucky enough to have pinned him down for an interview despite Gary being on a boat somewhere off of West Africa at the moment.
Who or what gave you the travel photography bug?
It is something I developed over time while traveling. I realized the power of photography in sharing my travels and it eventually became something that I was known for. I’m sort of an accidental travel photographer.
What made you move from hobbyist to professional?
I’m not a professional in the same sense that other photographers are. I do not work on assignment (or at least I haven’t yet) and I don’t have paying customers. I only shoot for my own website and make a living from sponsors like GAdventures.com. Even though I strive for a level of quality that you can find in National Geographic, from the business side of things I’m just like a normal blogger.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I don’t have a single favorite place in the world. It is hard to compare mountains to deserts to forests to cities. Also, my experinece in a place is very much dependent on factors such as the weather and who I happen to meet. I haven’t been to a place where I wouldn’t return.
What three things can you not travel without?
My iPhone, my laptop and my camera.
Describe your dream trip if money was no object?
I’ve been to a lot of places at this point. If money was no object I’d probably visit the South Pole.
Who would be your ideal travel photography companion?
I don’t really care if they take photos. I’d like to travel with someone who was easy going, open minded and well traveled.
What is your top travel tip for our readers?
The ability to adapt is more important than the ability to plan. Whatever you plan will eventually change. Don’t be too detailed in your plans and be prepared to improvise.
Thanks for talking Gary and I hope we haven’t used all the boats data allowance.
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