Why We Should View The World From a Photographer's Perspective

By: Valeria Ramos

A recent Instagram post by National Geographic photographer, Matthieu Paley, inspired me to share some insight on the importance of viewing the world from a photographer's perspective. 

Photographers make a living finding beauty and capturing it, and each photographer identities beauty differently. I believe this makes photographers optimists by nature because they see the best in every subject they shoot, be it a person or a place.

"Above the village of Pasu, a teenager checks his Facebook. Many residents here are Ismaili, followers of a moderate branch of Islam. A sign on the mountain slope commemorates the time in 1987, when the Ismaili imam, the Aga Khan, visited the remote region."
(All Photos by Matthieu Paley)
Travel photographers, for instance, have the power to give us views from around the world that we might not see in mainstream media. For example, Pakistan - a country labeled by the media as a place of war and poverty, is seen as "incredible" and "often misunderstood" by photographer Matthieu Paley.

"[Mainstream media] can open your mind, amaze you, or narrow it, giving you a false impression of the world, of a people, " Paley wrote "When I hear something bad about a place or a country, I always have one question, "Have you been there?" "If the answer is no, I take that opinion with a grain of salt."

"This is my 5 year old son Timote, calling out to a local friend in a remote valley in Pakistan - a country I know well from visiting since the last 18 years," Paley shared.

"I want my son to make up his own mind about the world, I will do everything to instill a sense of curiosity in him, of questioning."

Paley's outlook on world perceptions and the media is something we can all take into account and appreciate. In a society that revolves around media, it is important to question everything and, if you can, travel often. 

Left:"Girls play a game of cricket during school break. In the distance, a high-altitude trail leads into Afghanistan’s Pamir Mountains."
Right: "Robina, in scarf, tries her cousin’s motorcycle. She wants to learn how to ride, so she can be more independent."

"Shortly before reaching Passu village, a trekker walks along a hanging bridge across the Hunza River."

To learn more about this Pakistani village, read Paley's article here and follow him on Instagram @paleyphoto for more travel photography.