Ewen Bell is a travel photography specialist who shoots editorial and commissions. Travel is all about people, but sometimes it's all about food. "The difference between a good trip and a great trip is the cuisine." Ewen loves animals too, especially slow moving ones that don't runaway from the camera. They are the best. He doesn't particularly like climbing up hills and prefers cool climates, which is a shame because all the best food is usually found in tropical places like Thailand.
Ewen is the former "Editor at Large" for Digital Photography magazine in Australia, and publisher of the Photography for Travellers website. He produces features that share both technical and conceptual ideas to develop your photographic skills. Most of Ewen's work appears in the travel industry though, with about 10,000 images currently in image libraries of tourist boards in Australia and beyond. Ewen also writes travel editorial, shoots brochures for tour companies and generally avoids being home to wash the dishes.
Ewen has won a few awards, some of them for photography too. His Elephant Camp exhibiton in the 2011 Ballarat International Foto Biennale won the Fringe Prize, in 2009 he had two images win prizes in the M.I.L.K. “Friendship, Family, Love & Laughter” competition. In 2008 he was awarded Best Australian Image by the ASTW, and the year before was named Travel Photographer of the Year by the ASTW.
Ewen discovered the hard way that regular tours are rubbish when you want to take photos. After years of shooting brochures for low-budget tour operators Ewen had a pretty good idea what doesn't work for photographers, and began designing his own tours that really do work for photographers. His photographic journeys combine hands-on tuition with unique opportuntities, relying on his knowledge of local guides and experience to create sensational adventures.
It doesn't really matter what you shoot with. Sort of. Ewen started photography with a Minolta X300 and got familiar with the charms of film. Since then the world of digital imaging has changed the business of photography, but not so much the principles. A great lens is still the key ingredient, along with the largest sensor you can lay your hands on. Size matters. My camera of choice these days is the Canon 1D, with Canon lenses and Phase One processing software.
Advice & Inspiration
Ewen publishes a useful online resource for photographers that aims to share as many of his ideas and destinations as possible. Photography for Travellers is a unique collection of features, philosophies and photos offered to inspire and educate. And it's all free of course, as the web intended. Ewen's Manifesto for the Travelling Photographer sums it all up in one graphic.
Photography for Travellers
Borneo Gone Wild - an exhibition for conservation of forests
"Untouched Sri Lanka" tsunami exhibition raised over $10,000
How I learned to write
Swedish People are Cool
God Vs Gorilla
The old style blog. Kinda boring really.
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."