To climb trees that are more than 40 meters high, Bayaka honey gatherers from the Central African Republic chop footholds while supported by a rope made of lianas. He will then have to face swarms of angry bees before he can remove the honey from their hive.
Central African Republic – Photo Tip

Travel photography in the age of the image overload

Photo by Timothy Allen

Central African Republic – Photo Tip Travel photography in the age of the image overload

Travel photography has moved on. We're not only shooting pretty beaches and exotic-looking people in market places anymore.

Timothy Allen
Timothy Allen Travel Photographer

Photography has changed radically since the day everyone started carrying their camera phones in their pocket. Every day, we see hundreds of new pictures on social media streams, filling our heads with countless idyllic travel photos. As a travel photographer, we need to think out of the box to grab our audience's attention. Your subject needs to be unusual, captured in a way people haven't seen before. This means it is a good idea to diversify your skill-set as a photographer.

In the last few years, I have done deep sea diving and tree climbing courses, ridden in microlights, put my camera on cranes, and attached it to a remote control hexacopter, all to try and get a new and unusual shot. My tree climbing skills certainly came in handy when I was photographing these Bakaya honey gatherers in the Central African Republic.

There are fewer and fewer stories left in the world that have not already been told before, so if you want to shoot where another photographer has been before, you have to come up with a new or better way of doing it.

The good news is that it is not a question of who shot it first, but who shot it best, so do not be afraid to get creative with your photography and re-invent an old story with a new idea.

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Twisting a rope from lianas makes for a precarious-looking but secure rope to help Mongongé climb a tree in search of honey. Honey is important in the cleansing rituals of the Bayaka, being used during traditional dances performed at funerals, or to chase away evil spirits. Photo by Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Aperture
ƒ/3.2
Exposure
1/500
ISO
640
Focal
16 mm

Twisting a rope from lianas makes for a precarious-looking but secure rope to help Mongongé climb a tree in search of honey. Honey is important in the cleansing rituals of the Bayaka, being used during traditional dances performed at funerals, or to chase away evil spirits.

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