“Inspiration is the root of all masterpieces, and it comes in different forms. Channel those to create stunning images”
Edwin (edwin martinezphoto.
com) explains how he manages to stay competitive with his travel projects HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A FULL-TIME TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER AND HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My relationship with photography started during my film days in intermediate school. I rekindled my relationship with photography in digital back in 2006. I have been a travel photographer since 2011 and became full-time, doing tours, workshops and editorials, in 2013.
WHAT DO YOU FIND ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES OF TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY AS A FULL-TIME JOB?
Weather and climate is always the biggest hurdle in travel photography. This is one of those factors you cannot predict and cannot work with in planning. With today’s climate becoming even more unpredictable, some logistics are harder to manage.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE INCOME TO ENSURE THE TRIPS YOU TAKE ARE PROFITABLE?
I run photography tours specifically catered to the Philippine and Asian market, bringing them to iconic locations such as Iceland, Norway and Canada. I also contribute to galleries in Canada and use the funds of the sales for personal trips. When I am back home in the Philippines, I also do commercial outdoor photography for the top real estate developers of the country.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW PHOTOGRAPHERS HOPING TO MAKE TRAVEL A CAREER?
Find inspiration – it may be in another one’s work or through music, love or family. Inspiration is the root of all masterpieces, and it comes in different forms. Channel those in order to create stunning images.