Adventure in the English Lakes, trekking and scrambling on Striding Edge on Helvellyn in Cumbria, Lakeland in the United Kingdom on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Lakes 2014-3

Postcards of Adventure

There are numerous motives for producing a personal travel blog, the main one being to inspire others through storytelling and photography. I hope to help people make informed and inspired choices regarding their options for adventure.

Other incentives include informing, entertaining, stimulating imaginations and enabling others to travel vicariously, these are the reasons many of travellers choose to share our experiences.

However, it’s not only about pretty pictures and descriptive narratives, it’s also important to strive to stimulate the thought processes of readers, to stir the great matter into action. Stimulating conversation, creating lively debate through informed (hopefully) opinion, which at times can be controversial.

It’s not necessary this is done through the comments section of the site, discussing among friends and family is more important. Frank, open, but polite discussion among our social circles, about trends, important and not so important matters in the travel world.

This morning, while attempting to choose a subject for posting, I asked *Alison if she could think of one image which portrayed adventure to her, she chose the one below. (Her other choice was the profile picture in the logo of this site).

Adventure in the English Lakes, trekking and scrambling on Striding Edge on Helvellyn in Cumbria, Lakeland in the United Kingdom on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Lakes 2014-3It’s easy to understand why she chose these, they are both photographs taken in exciting adventure destinations, and the Helvellyn one also portray yours truly doing something quite adventurous; scrambling on Striding Edge.

Explore the English Lakes: English Lakes; Trekking Adventures on Helvellyn

This is often how many of us perceive adventure, destinations and activities which seem to epitomise the very definition of adventure.

However, my choice tends to lean towards this next type of image, it’s subtler, the promise of adventure, a boat, the open ocean and infinite possibilities. It could just as easily be a motorcycle or camper van and an open road. The message is the same, a means of discovering adventure and a way to get there.

Adventure on the open sea, an empty boat in Wakatobi in Indonesia on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Indo-1-84

Adventure waiting to happen

“To the traveller, the destination is merely an excuse for taking the journey”

Read the boat themed photo essay: Fishing Boats – Vessels of Adventure and Romance

Neither of us is wrong of course, it is relative, how we see the world is shaped by personal experiences, values and choices. We are individuals, seeing the world in different ways, we all have an attitude for adventure, it merely requires different sparks to ignite the flame.

Find out more: Attitude for Adventure

It is also the beauty of photography, everybody has an individual view of every image they see, it is likely how they see the image will differ from even that of the photographer that took it. The photographer will have had a vision when they captured the picture, but that does not mean everybody must see it in the same way.

This is a theme of this site, attempting to promote the importance of having the right attitude. This seems of greater significance than the destination or activity, after all, we’re all about:

“Making every day an adventure”

So, which of those photos best portrays adventure to you? Maybe neither of them amply expresses the spirit of adventure in your eyes. Do you have a favourite image from Mallory On Travel which does?

Perhaps this final one does it for you?

Adventure is freedom, a gannet in flight in the Shetland Islands of Scotland on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory Scotland_9752

Free as a bird

Expressions of freedom: Freedom in Pictures – Evocative Images Series

*Alison’s choices obviously aren’t influenced by the fact she took both images 😉

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  1. Alison Bailey

    I’m right 😉

    It’s a difficult one, as a photographer, you know the surroundings, your thoughts, your feelings when you took a particular image, but your reader does not. It’s up to you as the photographer to try to convey your narrative so your reader (viewer) feels the same.

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