TTIM 191 – Ibarionex Perello and Diversity in Photography

Ibarionex Perello

A few weeks ago I had a conversation on this podcast with Valérie Jardin. Most of the discussion we had was centered around an article published on the New York Daily News and titled When your photograph harms me: New York should look to curb unconsensual photography of women.

It would have been easy to discount the article as yet another rant about street photography and its purported invasion of privacy, but the fact that it was written by an Asian woman got me thinking.

It made me think that photography is mostly a white guys’ club. Women are a minority and people of color, especially black, are an even smaller minority. Black women photographers? I don’t know any, personally.

We white guys often tend to overlook this fact and can become race-blind and gender-blind. When I look at the issue of photographing strangers in the street, it’s easy for me to think that I should apply a sort of golden rule: I am not going to treat others in ways that I wouldn’t want to be treated, but is that enough?

The problem with that attitude is that I try to imagine how I would feel if I were in front of the camera, but I’m a white guy, not a woman of color, for example. Maybe I should try to imagine what it feels like to be in front of the camera as a woman of color. It might not be exactly the same. 

In order to get a different perspective on this issue, I invited Ibarionex Perello to the show. Ibarionex is not only a great street photographer, and educator, and a podcast host (his show, The Candid Frame, has published 560 episodes as of today) but he’s also a black person. I thought it would be interesting to hear how it feels to be both in front and behind a camera as a person of color, in today’s world and especially in the USA.


TTIM 190 – Mattias Sjölund and the Magic of Scandinavia

Mattias Sjölund

Our guest this week is Swedish landscape photographer Mattias Sjölund. Mattias has an inherent passion for photographing and hiking in nature. He is the founder of Foto Magica, one of the leading organizers of photo tours and workshops in Scandinavia.

We asked Mattias about his favorite wilderness locations in and around Sweden and discovered a number of places that are not excessively popular yet, but are definitely deserving of a visit, including Abisko, Knuthöjdsmossen, Gotland Rauks, and Jämtland.


TTIM 189 – Matt Bishop, an Australian in Rome

Matt Bishop

Matt Bishop, our guest for this week’s episode of the podcast, is an Australian who visited Italy many years ago, fell in love with the place and one of its people and never looked back.

Matt was raised up in the small seaside town of Sorrento, Australia. During his childhood years there was certainly a strong artistic background that influenced his photography later in life. Matt was drawn toward landscape photography after spending months climbing the mountains in Switzerland, and after soon arriving in London in 2002, he purchased his first 35mm Camera. Over the years his progression into capturing landscapes was a slow experimental one, until recently where his workflow in digital photography became far more refined. Today Matt resides in Rome, Italy, surrounded by ancient forests, medieval castles, rolling pastures and alpine jagged mountains.

In recent years his main photographic projects involve collaborating with Pentax Europe, the Landscape Photography Workshops in Patagonia, private post production instructions in Rome, and recently discovering new locations in the surrounding “Medieval Italy”.

Together with Matt, we explored his favorite locations for landscape photography in Italy, including Tuscany, the Dolomites, and the less well known, but equally stunning, region of Abruzzo. We also talked about his experiences in Patagonia.


TTIM 188 – Jordana Wright in Belize

We’re super happy to have again as a guest on our podcast Jordana Wright, who we already interviewed in episode TTIM 104 – Jordana Wright and The Enthusiast’s Guide to Travel Photography.

Jordana Wright

Jordana says of herself: “I’ve had a camera in my hand for over 75% of my life. Originally it was a plastic point-and-shoot and a fresh roll of Kodak but these days, well, things in the photography world have changed exponentially. While my gear budget has grown a bit, my love for framing the world in a little box remains the same. My camera has taken me to some amazing places and introduced me to some of my favorite creatures. I’ve been lucky enough to make a living at photography for the past 14 years. When I’m not actively looking through the viewfinder, I write about photography and creativity (my first book “The Enthusiast’s Guide to Travel Photography” was published in 2018) and teach photography through workshops, classes, and private tutoring. I currently live in San Ignacio, Belize.”

Last time we spoke, more than three years ago, Jordana was still living in cold an windy Chicago, but recently she moved to Belize, a country about which we really wanted to learn more, so what better opportunity than to ask a recent resident and an extraordinary travel photographer about its beauties and about the practicalities of living there?


TTIM 187 – Else Kramer, the Photosopher

Else Kramer

This week’s guest of the show is Else Kramer, who likes to define herself as a Renaissance woman, a photosopher, making the visible invisible, a coach to gifted women and a wearer of polka-dot dresses.

Here is how Else talks about herself on her website:

“I spend most of my day looking at the world in wonder, marvelling at all the amazing miracles to be seen.

And I’m very lucky that the past 10 years of my life have been centred around helping others do the same, through online projects, keynotes and live workshops.

I love using new technology to empower people to be more creative and better appreciate both their world and art.

I embraced smartphone photography when I got my first iPhone – the 3S. I believed (as I still do) that this was the start of a Visual Revolution, where everyone would be able to tell their own stories through images. I was the first person to give smartphone photography workshops in the Netherlands, and have run many online projects helping people see with fresh eyes using their smartphones since.”

With Else, we explored the intersection of photography and visual arts, especially painting, and looked at several examples of artists that we believe should be of inspiration to all photographers.


TTIM 186 – Darlene Hildebrandt on Artificial Intelligence

Darlene Hildebrandt

Darlene Hildebrandt is the creator of Digital Photo Mentor. She has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, and as such, she has photographed everything from soup to hay—literally—including doing food photography; weddings; family portraits; corporate events and products.

After a forced change of direction (a.k.a. divorce), she left her photography studio behind and moved on to other aspects of photography—including sales, fine art, and travel. She finally landed on teaching and couldn’t be happier. She’s written for and has been published on websites and in newspapers around the world, and was also the Managing Editor of Digital Photography School for 5 years, one of the most popular photography sites on the internet.

We talked about Venice and its recent 1600th birthday, Canada’s wine country, Nova Scotia, and Toronto. We also discussed the growing importance of Artificial Intelligence in the field of photography, what people can use it today for, and where we are headed.


TTIM 185 – Valérie Jardin on Consensual Street Photography

TTIM 185 - Valérie Jardin

Our guest on this week’s episode of the podcast is Valérie Jardin.

Valérie is a visual storyteller recognized internationally for her street photography. She leads workshops worldwide, writes books, produces a weekly podcast, and is an official X Photographer for Fujifilm USA.

We asked Valérie for her thoughts on an article by Levi Sim, provocatively titled Taking street photography should be illegal. In the article, Levi reflects on his approach to street photography, after having read another article, written by Jean Son for the New York Daily News and titled When your photograph harms me: New York should look to curb unconsensual photography of women.

When we practice street photography and take pictures of strangers–sometimes without our subject’s awareness–a small minority of photographers behave like everything is allowed. Other are more considerate and will follow a basic rule: don’t put others in a situation we wouldn’t want to be in ourselves.

But is that really enough? When we think like this, don’t we run the risk of ignoring differences of gender, age or ethnicity? If a man photographs a woman, is it enough for him to ask “Would I like to be photographed, as a man?” Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to ask instead “Would I like to be photographed, if I were a woman?”

These were the questions that those articles raised and that we wanted to discuss with our guest. We hope you will appreciate the answers.


TTIM 184 – A Conversation With Charlotte Brett

Charlotte Brett

The guest for this week’s episode of the podcast is Charlotte Brett, a landscape and travel photographer based just outside London. With a passion to see and photograph diverse places around the world, in recent years she has travelled to China, Morocco, Cuba, Ecuador and The Seychelles. As well as capturing big landscapes and cityscapes, Charlotte loves to photograph the details, colours and people of the places she visits to give a sense of a country’s culture and history. She was recently approached by high-end travel library, 4Corners Images, who will be representing her work commercially going forward.

Music for this episode: “Zanzibar” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


TTIM 183 – Storytelling

Does every picture tell a story? What does it actually take to create storytelling photographs? This week, Ugo, Ralph and special guest Kav Dadfar discuss the ins and outs of storytelling in travel photography.

This episode is also available in video by clicking here.

Music for this episode: “Zanzibar” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


TTIM 182 – An Interview with Colby Brown

Colby Brown

In episode 182 Ugo interviews Colby Brown. We have wanted to interview Colby for a long time and, thanks also to the pandemic, we finally managed to find him stuck at home long enough us to be able to arrange this.

Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Throughout his work, one can see that he combines his love of the natural world with his fascination of the world’s diverse cultures.

Ugo and Colby discuss branching out into other streams of activity for photographers, good and bad online education, social media, traveling in a post-pandemic world, and humanitarian initiatives.

This episode of the podcast is also available in video. You can watch that by clicking here.

Music for this episode: “Zanzibar” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0