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Life & Philosophy Travel

‘Be a first-class noticer’

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We travel to escape the plague of the routine and unexciting. In return, we get a new perspective and acquire new ideas.

But the slightest contrast quenches the thirst for discovery. Our own backyard is full of interesting things.

Life contrarian Aaron Goldfarb writes in How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide:

Interesting people don’t need to fill the voids of their life by simply placing their body in another state, country, continent.

We are blind, even to ourselves.

Grab a camera to help train the eye to look for subtleties. Photography recasts everyday things into novelty. Commit to a way of seeing.

The often unseen and unheard beg for acknowledgment. In the words of Warren Bennis, “Be a first-class noticer.”

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Photography Travel

Horse power 

Photo by Wells Baum (Peru)
Trains and tractors made the world less dependent on horse power. As the 19th century came to a close, horses were abundant. Consider this fact:

“In 1900 there were 145,000 horses in the French army and 130,000 horses working in Manhattan, while at the same time in Australia there was one horse to every two humans.”

Horses went from animals that drove economies and conquest to sprinters at the pop of a pistol. This looks like a fascinating read: Farewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship

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Creativity Photography Travel

Blurry on purpose 

Photo by Wells Baum

It’s in the moments of deliberate unfocus, scattered attention, that make an imperfect photo more interesting than manual focus-peaking.

What’s the point of taking another high-resolution photo that can be Googled?

What’s unique always stands out, just like a purple cow.

India 2014

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Photography photoJournal Travel

Looking out to see in

Images by Wells Baum

Travel retrains the eye to see. It is only when we face sharp contrast, can we make vivid comparisons to the unfamiliar (and familiar) back home.

Travel induces perspective. It is the practice of curiosity.

Anything that removes the banality of everyday life and replaces it with a dose of novelty to shock the senses makes one appreciate both what is out there yet to explore and acknowledge what we’re used to seeing.

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Photography photoJournal Travel

Strange things in Urbamba, Peru

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All photos by Wells Baum

“If you haven’t found something strange during the day, it hasn’t been much of a day.” — John Wheeler

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Photography photoJournal Travel

Cars of Peru

Photos by Wells Baum

“I’ve always been asked, ‘What is my favorite car?’ and I’ve always said ‘The next one.’

Carroll Shelby