July 22, 2013


RIDE AROUND TOWN. These probably aren't my best pictures from the trip, but I still think they're just as important.
Fairly recently I realized that so many people when they're visiting a new place tend to only see the things they want to see. On my trip to Ocracoke, I noticed that I was much more inclined to tote my camera with me when I knew we would be doing or seeing something. For example, I knew I was going to take pictures of the lighthouse (post to come) so I knew I needed my camera. I knew to bring my camera when the boys went surfing (another post to come). And obviously we all like to take pictures of pretty views. But what about the things that we normally wouldn't think twice about? After asking myself that, I knew I wanted to start focusing on capturing the "real" side of the places I visit - not just Ocracoke, but also the places I visit in the future.

So I tried to make the effort to take pictures of the town - the buildings and shops and views that normally I would just pass by without a second thought. Again, I know these aren't the best pictures, but I wasn't totally sure what it was I was trying to capture. (We were also driving a golf cart, so I had to snap quick. But that's neither here nor there.) I just knew I wanted to remember Ocracoke, the true small town with no red lights on a tiny barrier island that it is, even when the tourists are long gone. I'm hoping that on future trips I'm able to do this more successfully. But this was a start - at seeing the world through the eyes of a traveler rather than a tourist.

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- G.K. Chesterton


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