This is a personal post that may or may not resonate with photographers and travellers.
During our time in Suva, Fiji we were unfortunately riddled with terrible weather. We were also crammed into a bus – so on top of finally finding a window – upon opening it – I realised that the water was spraying into the occupant behind me – window shut.
I was unable to photograph the city on our scenic drive and this instantly put me into a bad mood. Being a photographer a lot of satisfaction on my holidays includes capturing the locals, buildings and activities we do.
We finally arrived at the stop of our tour which included a local village. I was informed that my camera would have to be put away, which is perfectly fine as I respect the local traditions and not everyone wants a camera put in their face.
This is the lone photograph I took.
Wether it was the gloomy day and the lack of photographs – I left Suva upset and not happy and it was for such a petty reason. That night I started to re-evaluate the reasons on why I like to travel, this was probably the only time I would visit Fiji (for the next decade at least) and I failed to enjoy my day just because I couldn’t capture a single worthy shot.
Was it the lacking of being able to share it with friends? Was it there pressure to capture shots for Flying the Nest?
I realised my mistake and during our next stop in Lautoka Fiji I decided to put down the camera and take less photographs. I of course had to take some (otherwise we wouldn’t have a photo diary of Fiji) or photos for the blog.
I realised that I still enjoyed my day away from being behind the lens.
Do you ever have photographers remorse?
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