“I've been extremely lucky to be able to travel for work. I'm mainly a portrait photographer, but will occasionally film or photograph various humanitarian efforts here and there. A camera can be a ticket to infinity—cultural flair, affliction, wonders behind walls, rabbit holes, insecurities, understanding, catalysts for conversations that wake up tangible connection and remind us that friendship is sometimes just simply one perspective away.
Some people stay in the same country their entire lives. Some people spend 6 years in Taiwan as missionaries, and in the process adopt a baby girl with a cleft lip to raise in the mountains of Virginia. In that particular case, travel eternally changed me before I ever went anywhere. But whether you’re hopping a log in the woods behind your house or jetting to a curious new land, I've come to the conclusion that we're all just simple people going from point A to point B. After all, curious new lands are somebody's backyard and someone else's normal.
If travel is another avenue to provide perspective, and perspective empathy, and empathy love in action, then by all means travel. But there is golden value in remembering that we impact the lives around us whether we travel or not. Compassion doesn't need to journey overseas, though sometimes it does, but a smile costs nothing and needs no translation.”
📸: Bradley Bennison