Adventure photographer Anthony Burden has photographed some of the greatest landscapes around the world. His camera, an extension of who he has become, acts as a bridge that welcomes dialogue and in rewarding situations, friendships with locals and other travelers.
In today's Venque Traveler we caught up with Anthony, who is currently exploring Alaska, to talk adventure photography, travel, and everything else in-between--here's what he had to say.
Could you give us a brief introduction about yourself and your inspiration for traveling?
I’m Anthony. I started hiking and sharing my adventures a few years ago, while living in Middle Tennessee. Honestly, I ran out of places to go locally, so I started going farther and farther. I had the opportunity to move to Cambridge a few years ago and I jumped on it. The opportunities for cheap travel in Europe are really what peaked my spirit of adventure, and I’ve been going ever since!
We noticed you are an avid photographer, what is it about photography that gets you going and what are the challenges of traveling as a photographer?
Honestly, my photography has made me much more daring and adventurous. It motivates me to push myself to get the shot. I’ll go a little higher on the mountain, closer to the edge of the cliff, deeper in the cave, etc...
As far as challenges, being based in rural Alaska now, most of my time is spent trekking across diverse terrain. Getting to a location with all of my gear in one piece and not killing my back is probably the biggest challenge I face as an adventure photographer. Oh, and bears... we have a lot of bears here!
What has been one of the most memorable aspects of your travels so far? Has photography elevated your travel experiences in a certain?
I love meeting new people and embracing cultural differences. I think traveling has changed my entire perspective, in so many ways.
Absolutely! Like I was saying my photography has given me that extra push. It has also connected me with other travelers and photographers. There’s this really awesome, sharing connection with travelers and adventure photographers. There are so many locations I never would have found on my own.
What's a valuable lesson you've learned along the way either about yourself or in general while traveling?
I think some of the most valuable lessons learned while traveling are, more accurately described, “unlearning” experiences. I love getting out of my comfort zone and expanding my mind. Breaking stereotypes or unlearning cultural norms is really what it’s all about. Being able to share that with others is one of the most rewarding aspects of travel photography.
Would you have any advice and or tips for travelers/photographers looking to explore for an extended period of time?
Good shoes and a good backpack are essential! If you take care of your feet and your back, you’ll be able to go for a lot longer! Whether it’s a multi-day hike in the wilderness or a backpacking trip across Europe, this is the most valuable advice I can give!
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