I love to travel. I’ve rarely left the United States but I’ve made it a point to travel across as many states as possible. I have a lot of respect (and twinge of jealously) for people who have the ability to jetset across the globe with nothing but clothes and a camera. To that end, I was pleasantly surprised when Stephen Ninaber reached out to us to share his work. Stephen is a travel photographer who has documented his travels to places such as Brussels, Belgium, to Dakar, and Senegal. I was lucky enough to get in touch with him for a brief interview explaining the ins and outs of travel photography and what motivates him to do it:
It’s clear that you travel a lot, do you have a place that is ‘home’ to you?
I have two homes that I spend a lot of time between, one is in a small town called Wingham, Ontario (Canada). My other home is in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the love of my life resides.
Did you go to school to study photography?
I’ve had no formal training when it comes to photography, everything I know I have taught myself, learnt from others. or researched it. I am on a continue journey of growing and learning as I see the world.
Do you have any goals related to your pursuit of photography? Are you aiming for gallery showings? Newspaper submissions?
I have a number of goals, and some have already been achieved to some aspect. I have already done a few gallery showings, and have been featured on some blogs/magazines. However my real goal is to inspire people, and to continue to present the world in a way no one else has seen it before. If people happen to see my work, love it, and wanna share it along the way, then thats great!
How would you describe your photographic style?
I try to have a very real/honest style when it comes to photography. I like the traditional film look, and I also like going for a cinematic look as well. I want people to feel like they are there with me when they see my photos.
What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
I have these little camera lenses that I can attach to my iPhone through a magnetic strip. These often come in very handy, as I don’t always have time to pull out my camera.
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
I do very minimal editing, and sometimes none at all. So photoshop does not have a very important roll at all in my images.
Do you consider travel photography an art form? I know there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not travel photography is “real” photography.
I most definitely consider it an art form, I dont see how anyone could say otherwise. I do all forms of photography when im not traveling, from weddings, to fashion shoots, to real estate photos. It takes just as much skill, and concentration to frame the shot, pick your subject/target and present it in a way that inspires people.
Do you have any advice for aspiring nomadic photographers?
My advice to anyone, is to find your own voice in whatever you do, create a style that is unique to you. Always aim to inspire yourself as much as others, and never give up on what you love. The road can be very hard at times, and also unforgiving. However, if we continue to push through, even when it seems like we dont know much, in the end you will find you, and the results will be very pleasing.
Interest in his work? Check out his full portfolio.