Today, on Day 16 of the 30 Days of Indie Travel Art Project, BootsnAll asked me:
What European Country Do You Want To Visit Most?
(but you’ve already been to Croatia, Dani)
DON’T CARE! CROATIA!
I have a specific reason for this though. You may have seen my amazing “My First Travel Photos” series (if not, go click that link to see a list of the photographic topics I covered).
Croatia was my first solo trip, my first international trip, and my first travel photography trip. At the time I thought I was the most amazing photographer in the world. Now I look at the photos, completely baffled as to what in hell made me think that those images were good. Like seriously, what made me think that having the mid-section of a tree covering half the photo, with a blurry, muddy-exposured waterfall in the background good?
Also, I went to Croatia with few clothes and 75 rolls of film, so I also wasted a TON of money developing these tidbits of embarrassing photographic history. Seriously. Every time I look at a photo from this trip, I facepalm myself.
So of course I decided to create a whole sarcastic series showcasing them, and basically teaching you how NOT to take travel photos.
Because I am coming up on the 10 year anniversary of my first trip to Croatia (and the Balkans) and I want to go back to retake the trip and retake the photos, to create a ‘then and now’ in the history of a photographer (and of Croatia).
I want to show that you DO get better and teach people how to improve their photography skills with visual before and after photographs. And like I said, it will also show how Croatia has changed (or not) in the last 10 years.
Plus there were so many places in Croatia I didn’t get to visit last time (like the Plitvice Lakes, Mljet, and north-eastern Croatia) that I really want to see.
Also, Croatia is very close to other countries I want to visit, like Albania, Montenegro, Slovenia, and I’d love to see more of Serbia (I only got one night there). Really, Croatia is like the most perfectly located country to travel the world from.
But yes, if you were to say “pick one country and I will send you there right now” it would be Croatia. Croatia is hands-down my favourite country.
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com. I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I've flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion. I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.
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