Last year I made the effort to go out and take photos each and every day. I figured that 1) I would find photography opportunities I would have otherwise missed and 2) that all the shooting would improve my photography. Well, I was absolutely right on both regards. Looking back at my favourite travel photos from 2012 makes me realize how many of those shots I wouldn’t have taken had I not pushed myself in that goal.
Thus, it might seem a little bit strange that as a part of my 2013 New Year’s resolutions I made shooting less a priority. The truth is that I felt like I was really focusing far too much on life through the sights of my lens and not really taking it all in as a person. I have no regrets about last year, but this year I really want to slow things down and not feel the need to get everything on film. Yes, I know it sounds weird to hear of a travel photographer that wants to take less photos, but I feel this is really important.
Not only do I feel like I need to do this for my personal fulfillment but as a way of improving my trade as well. I want to take photos with more thought put into them. I want to plan and compose more than I have before, I want to take my time waiting for the perfect shot more often rather than rushing to get as many images as possible. Anyways, this past week in Burkina Faso, I only took 100 photos, of which I’ve only kept 25. Now, I realize that still seems like a lot of photos to most people. However, last year I would have easily taken 500-1000 so it’s a massive improvement. The following are my favourite seven pictures of Burkina Faso from the past week.