Preconception meets reality: a pro travel photographer's adventures in Guatemala

(Image credit: Bella Falk)

It's very easy to make assumptions about people and places before we actually experience them and this can, at times, get in the way of our creative choices. As photographers, especially travel photographers, we often need to take chances and push ourselves out of our comfort zones in order to capture the best images, at the right times.

Travel photography has many unique challenges, both practical and technical, but we also have to consider personal safety. Not all locations are policed to the same degree and we can be forgiven for selecting our next destination based on crime figures found on Google or horror stories we read on forums. There is always a danger of creating a false preconception however and the truth about a place is often very different from how we imagined it might be. 

Bella Falk

Bella Falk is a travel photographer, documentary director and writer from London. She writes for the multi-award-winning travel blog Passport & Pixels and won the Best Photography award at the Travel Media Awards 2020. Her images and articles have been published by National Geographic Traveller, BBC Travel and Lonely Planet among others.


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