Photography By Paul Purpura | The Journey

The Journey

May 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The JourneyThe Journey

I am calling today's photograph "The Journey". This particular photograph (notice I am calling it a "photograph" rather than a "work") was on the cover of Blue Ridge Life Magazine in November of 2008. And I still continue to shoot for this magazine today. 

I have always liked photographs where the viewer can imagine something about the photograph, in this case, where are these two hikers going. Actually we were hiking to a T28 crash site. The editor and publisher of the magazine was doing an article about this particular site. The plane crashed on Afton Mountain during the 1960's while on a training mission. The wreckage still remains to this day. There are numerous crash sites on Afton Mountain and they are popular hiking destinations. I remember this hike particularly well, I was wearing the wrong type of shoes and because of such I developed a serious case of toe-bang. I will spare you the gory details. After that I purchased a pair of hiking shoes and I wear them when ever I will be doing a lot of walking. Since this hike, I have walked many miles on numerous trails, as well as the streets of Paris,  without anything happening to my feet. Let's move on. 

Why do I call this a photograph rather than a work? Because I was photographing as a photo-journalist. When doing such, I have much stricter guidelines to follow than in other types of photography. I must render the scene as it actually was, without adding or removing any objects, or doing any photo editing that would affect what was in the image. That's why it is a photograph rather than a work.

Hope you enjoy.

Cheers, Paul


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