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ROME, ITALY

Rome is a terrific destination for photographers. Whatever your chosen subject matter - ruins, fashion, architecture, food, animals (cats!), landscapes - you're going to discover a visually captivating version of it here. What's more, nobody is going to treat you badly for raising your camera (unlike many other Mediterranean tourist destinations such as Morocco, Tunisia, etc) or for using alternative process methods involving tripods or cameras that aren't easily recognizable as such (try using a Box Brownie in the Middle East or even London nowadays and there's always somebody ready to start acting like you're about to plant a bomb). The police are smart in Italy and still act like they think for themselves and the general public are cool as well; if you like to practice the age old tradition of street photography and their kids happen to wander into the frame, they're going to give you the benefit of the doubt rather than see you as a predator. In short, you're free to enjoy your photography in Rome!

 

If you like to look at as well as make photography we did locate a couple of photogaphic galleries in Rome but the only one that seemed to be actually interested in photography (as opposed to selling it for ... Click Here To Read The Full Guide

ARRIATE, SPAIN

Think of Spain and you probably either imagine Benidorm, that infamous English suburb with it's cheap buffets and fake Irish bars or, hopefully, something a little more, well, Spanish. Flamenco, tapas, rolling hills studded with vineyards, whitewashed villages...

 

Actually, that's a vision of Andalucia rather than Spain as a whole but that's ok, it's a fine vision all the same and it's one that you can turn into reality by just moving inland a little, away from Benidorm, Malaga and the coast and into the mountains around Ronda. Arriate is a sleepy place - at siesta time it seems practically deserted - just 5km outside of Ronda and a perfect choice if you dream of staying in a whitewashed village but also want to be close to a range of restaurants and attractions, such as the excellent Lara Museum and the magnificent views over the El Tajo canyon. Before we arrived we thought we could just as well see the area without a hire car. The bus schedule that you can find easily online looked fine; we could... Click Here To Read The Full Guide

ATHENS, GREECE

For the creative tourist Athens is, in our opinion, the Number 1 city destination in the western world. Most importantly, for us, is that the people are genuinely kind and hospitable. They’re happy for you to do whatever you want, as long as you're being decent about it, and unlike the inhabitants of most other cities the people you come across in Athens give you the feeling that they’d be treating you well even if you weren’t eating at their restaurant, buying from their shop or staying at their hotel. Maybe it’s the effect of the warm weather (we had 21 degrees and sunny even at the end of November) on them, or perhaps it’s the great history of hospitality and humanity that runs through the Greek culture. Whatever it is, we’re happy it’s made the Athenian people into the outstanding human beings they are today. Also, Athens is a city with a large amount of layers of material for a creative person to work with. Obviously there’s the famous Acropolis ruins and those at Cape Sounion that so entranced Lord Byron. But lesser known is that Athens is the world centre of street art at the moment, that there’s a range of landscapes within fifteen minutes walk from the Plaka tourist district including rocky, forested hillsides and fine views of the sun setting over the ocean or mountains and that the city has a burgeoning food culture (it's port, Piraeus... Click Here To Read The Full Guide

CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO

Chefchaouen is our favourite town in Morocco; if you're touring the country and you're into photography, or are sick of the hassle of other tourist towns and want to be treated nicely, then you simply must spend a few days here.

 

The town has several big draws for photographers. Firstly, the majority of houses and alleyways in the old centre are painted a luminous blue that gives you the impression of being somewhere other-worldly (one traveller we met likened it to being on an iceberg in the middle of a sea of hot, green waves and yes, he had most likely been smoking a little of the local cash crop). There's nowhere else on earth that looks like this we think, and no way on earth that you aren't going to get interesting photos here. Secondly, the people are generally very relaxed and leave you alone to do as you please, which is a world away from the hassle-laden encounters you'll encounter in other Moroccan tourist towns such as Marrakech, Fez or Tangier. This doesn't mean that you're guaranteed to get outstanding people shots though as Chefchaouen is still a Muslim town and the people, especially the women, generally won't like it if they see you pointing your camera at... Click Here To Read The Full Guide

LONDON, ENGLAND

Without a doubt the best place to view quality photography exhibitions in the world at the moment - we saw six first class shows in just one week - London can also seem a hard place to capture if you're looking for something apart from the stereotyped images of Beefeaters and Buck Palace. It's not that many of the better known attractions aren't worth doing - the views from The Shard and The London Eye are sublime, for instance, and we'd recommend visitors check out both - but trying to take a photo that'll capture something of what you're feeling about a particular place gets much trickier if that place is rammed full of tourists and seemingly all about the money (unless you're the sort who's simply ticking off experiences on their bucket list, in which case you'll get what you need for Instagram and Snapchat, no matter the circumstance). For this reason London is a place that, perhaps even more than Athens, Rome or Florence, repays the photographer working with alternative processes. The long time exposures of the pinhole will soon take care of the crowds, and the less than pin sharp results may well echo the primal excitement and wonder you felt the moment you first learnt of London, and decided.... Click Here To Read The Full Guide

FLORENCE, ITALY

For the creative person, Florence - the cradle of what we call the Renaissance - is brim full of inspiration. Every day, everywhere you look, be it an art gallery such as the Uffizi or Accademia, a painting by Botticelli or da Vinci or a simple, modern restaurant such as La Cucina del Garga or Il Santo Graal, you'll find something that urges you to think "Wow, that's amazing, I could definitely use that to improve my photography."

 

You have to bear in mind though that everybody else knows this as well, to the extent that in summer the city is incredibly crowded. Think of the Shin Ju Ku intersection in downtown Tokyo that's always featuring in articles of the world's busiest places, or even central Kowloon or Times Square at rush hour, and then imagine that occuring all day and you have an idea of Florence in summer. The off season is less busy though so our advice is if you want to enjoy the sites without somebody poking a selfie stick in your eye, perhaps plan on a visit from late autumn through to early... Click Here To Read The Full Guide

Most travellers we met in Morocco had mixed feelings about Fez. Sure, it's a fascinating place, a piece of living history where most of what you see hasn't changed much for hundreds of years. But on the other hand the hassle you get from locals in the old part of town is such that it's near impossible to have a relaxed, happy time there, especially if you're interested in using your camera. As a savvy British guy who loves Morocco and lives there told us,

"Would I allow my mother to walk the alleysways in Fez? Absolutely not, the hassle is too great. It could be an amazing city destination but the truth is, there are far friendlier places to go in Morocco..."

 

We produced a little guide page for visitors to Marrakech, much of it will be relevant for those visiting Fez. Click Here to Read More. As in Marrakech, you only have to be in the city for more than a couple of hours before you’ll start to notice how every morning you’re meeting somebody who considers it their job to suck the joy out of your day. It's a problem that goes away if you throw money at it by hiring an official guide but if you're just a normal traveller... Click Here To Read The Full Guide

Budapest is a great value destination in which to eat and drink well, stay in great comfort, pamper yourself in a spa and perhaps visit a museum or two (or even run the city marathon, which we did; it's flat, scenic and well recommend). As for photography though, well, there's a significant challenge in the form of a very odd law...

 

The city might well be the home of such great action/street photographers as Kertesz, Capa and Brassai but current legislation more or less bans street photography – the rule is that you can only take photos in public in Hungary as long as not a single persons' face is recognizable. We found ourselves waiting for sun so we could chase shadows – shadows have no faces – and looking into or at the bright lights wherever they may be. 'Contra Jour' might just be your most used technique here, that or just ignore the law entirely. Which we did on occasion but really, do you want to be spending your holiday looking over your shoulder and worrying about potentially being arrested or fined...? Click Here To Read The Full Guide

Voted the most livable city in the world for the 6th time in a row in 2015, Vienna also has plenty to offer the short term resident. Most noticably, for us, were the art exhibitions and collections, featuring the paintings of Klimt, Monet and Schiele among others, which were of the highest quality and full of inspiration for all image makers. We also caught a great exhibition of the work of influential photographers Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel at the Kunsthaus and noticed a genuine, street level love of photography within the inner city that isn't immediately apparent yet which we urge you to aquaint yourself with if you're in town for more than a day.

 

For instance, there's the analogue shop Supersense, the Westlicht and Ostlicht galleries which are both devoted to photography (there are also two or three photographic shops surrounding the Westlicht making the area a sort of mecca for photographers) and the MUSA pop up gallery. And there's also the excellent Polawalk tour company, which offers the opportunity to ignite your street and instant photography passion and enjoy a city tour at Click Here To Read The Full Guide

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