Having a camera and friendly demeanor.

I’m a fairly avid reader of Strobist (David Hobby’s lighting blog) and I found this article on the blog a while back (you really should read it).

It’s really amazing what having a camera and a friendly disposition can do for us. It gets even better when we can share those experiences with others (having the photos sure helps with that). I was wondering if anyone else has a story about an experience that happened because they had a camera? I’ve had a few myself and they’re some of my most treasured memories.

In 2008 I travelled to Ireland and stumbled into a group of people in a pub celebrating the anniversary of something called Couchsurfing (check it out, I’ve meet a lot of interesting people through it). It was very serendipitous but very welcome as I had nowhere to stay in Dublin for the next few days.

Four of us started chatting at the party about cameras and photography and we looked at a few photos of mine on the back of my old 6MP Canon Rebel. One thing led to another and I was introduced to the Couchsurfing “Ambassador” for Ireland who put me in contact with friends of his (locals) around the south of Ireland. He then lent me his car for five days saying that traveling by car was the only way I was going to see the places he thought I needed photograph and experience.

He was right!

It was an amazing five days traveling around the southern half of Ireland. All the people he connected me with took me out and showed me the secret places just so I could make some photographs. They were so proud of their country and the people who live there that they felt the need to share it with me. The whole experience was incredible and largely due to my camera and willingness to head out on an adventure. I still keep in touch with some of the people I meet on that leg of my trip I’m looking forward to going back and exploring more of the local love for the country.

Please feel free to share your stories in the comments section below and if I get enough I’ll put them in their own post (Hopefully with some photographs to go along with the stories).

Here are some photos from that trip that I dug out of the archives.


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