Snapping sweet photographs and videos is one of my favorite things about traveling. They’re also the best souvenirs because they’re free! To be able to capture and preserve a moment in time and then return to your phenomenal trip through the photographs and the videos you take, to me is magic. Suddenly your mind recalls what it was like to be there in the picture that you’re looking at and you’re able to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin at that Mexico beach; you’re able to remember how foreign and out of place you felt when you look at pictures you took on the Shanghai metro; you can recall how crappy it felt to be soaking wet by the rain for 3 days straight in Yangshuo, but still being happy because that was the coolest place you had ever been; you can remember those butterflies you felt in your tummy when you stepped foot in Hong Kong Disneyland when you revisit the photo of you and your Mickey waffle; you can also recall how it felt when you thought you were dying from food poisoning when you look at your pictures from the Philippines. My GoPro and Canon camera have become my best friends while I am abroad and for good reason. Traveling is hard for many reasons, but making memories of a lifetime only to leave the place you created them in is heartbreaking– however, revisiting old photos and videos from the trip make the pain and longing more bearable.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt
Below are some videos I created from my time living in China, my trip to Hong Kong, Philippines, and back to China the following summer, and from my semester living in Mexico.
Yangshuo, China: October 2015
Beijing, The Great Wall of China, my students, and Changzhou, China: Fall 2015
Shanghai, China | Hong Kong | Manila and Cebu, Philippines | Disneyland Shanghai | Disneyland Hong Kong: Summer 2016
Las Grutas De Tolantongo, Hidalgo, Mexico: January 2017
Querétaro, Mexico City, Xochimilco, San Miguel de Allende, Teotihuacan, Guanajuato, Mexico: Spring 2016