Michael Wesley Titgemeyer, California-based adventure photojournalist, shares his perspectives on being a “modern-day explorer.”
View the slideshow for a selection of stunning images from the travels of this passionate photographer:
The definition of exploration: to search into or travel for the purpose of discovery.
Thanks to today’s technologically-advanced tools, learning about the world is becoming easier. With one click of the mouse, we can find out almost anything about any destination on the planet. But what we cannot get from the Internet – the feelings we discover from exploring our vast world. Every traveler knows that venturing out into the world can be dangerous, expensive, at times difficult. However, exploring new environments opens our eyes to different lifestyles, new ideas, and fresh ways of thinking.
While many people claim the world is getting smaller, I believe it is still too big for one lifetime of exploration. Whether it’s hiking ridges, searching for ancient artifacts, or sailing between exotic islands, I consider myself exploratory by nature. The minute I get to the airport, just outside the city on a road trip, or onto the open ocean, I feel alive. It’s an emotion that comes not only from the uncertainty of what the days ahead will bring, but also from the certainty that I am about to experience something amazing. Who will I meet? Where will I go? What will I see? What will I learn? The unexpected we can expect when venturing outside of our everyday realms.
Through photography, I have discovered a way to share that “alive” feeling with others. I am very passionate about exploring our vast world and producing images to inspire the viewer and leave them in awe of Earth’s natural beauty. I find that capturing the world’s exotic locations is the link between my adventurous nature, need to create, and passion for traveling. Whenever possible, I also try to promote awareness of the need for environmentally-friendly and sustainable solutions to work towards a healthier Earth.
Who better to share my work with than a community of sustainably-minded travelers? Through this slideshow, I hope “Amblers” find inspiration to keep exploring, to preserve Earth’s incredible natural beauty, and ultimately discover things they never knew they would.
All images © Michael Wesley Titgemeyer 2012.
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