LEVISON WOOD

THE EX­PLORER, WRITER AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHER HAS WIT­NESSED A TRANS­FOR­MA­TION IN GLOBE-HOP­PING AND PIC­TURE-TAK­ING

Food and Travel (UK) - - 200 th Issue -

To­day, we want more ex­pe­ri­ences and like push­ing bound­aries. Peo­ple are as likely to go to the Galá­pa­gos is­lands as the Greek is­lands. Partly, this is down to so­cial me­dia cre­at­ing com­pe­ti­tion. It’s all about who has the bet­ter sto­ries.

Long-haul, I think In­dia has changed the most over the last 20 years. In the 1990s, it was still in­cred­i­bly poor. Since then, the mid­dle classes have boomed and there’s a lot more do­mes­tic tourism.

When I went to Dharam­sala in 2001, it was a lit­tle vil­lage full of hip­pies; when I re­vis­ited two years ago, it was pri­mar­ily wealthy In­dian tourists. Short-haul, there are lots of in­ter­est­ing places that are still in the shadows, like Moldova.

With cam­era phones, it’s eas­ier to take de­cent travel images. It’s a lot more com­pet­i­tive but then again, it’s a lot more demo­cratic. I used to al­ways use film, but now I love my iPhone cam­era. It means you can take more pho­tos be­cause you’re car­ry­ing around less kit.

In terms of style, I think peo­ple want more au­then­tic­ity than they did 20 years ago, when shiny, blingy pho­tos were all the rage. My best images have been re­portage and have re­ally cap­tured the sig­nif­i­cance of an event or scene, even if the com­po­si­tion wasn’t per­fect.

Wood is an award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher and is this year judg­ing San Miguel Rich List 2017. san­miguel.co.uk/rich­list

Cha­tri Baurg Mau­soleum, In­dore

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