What Does It Take To Be An Original?

What does it take to be an original? The dictionary defines “original” as “not a copy or imitation.”

This is the aim of my photography – To create original, unique images that not only show a pretty place, but that evoke an emotion and put anyone who views the photo “in the scene.” I want to portray places in a way that people have not seen – (Examples: A winter wonderland at Monument Valley, grizzly bears embraced by the fall colors of Grand Teton National Park, rustic beauty in Capitol Reef National Park, or an incredible towering rock formation at Devil’s Tower National Monument that would leave anyone speechless).

I attain this by spending countless hours exploring back roads in the desert in my cavalry blue Toyota TRD Pro Tacoma, traveling extensively, and envisioning how other photographers would portray a particular landscape and then doing the complete opposite.

My Goal

On social media, I pair my destination-based photographs with travel tips that I have learned the hard way through my own journeys. These travel tips originate from my own experiences in seeking out unique scenes in my travel photography and from knowledge that I have gained through planning outdoor adventures of my own.

My social media accounts are centered around friendship, making people happy, and bringing the beauty of the world to people in situations where they are limited in their ability to explore on their own (whether those limitations are financial, physical, or otherwise).

It is also my goal to provide travel advice to others who have embraced the adventure and explorer lifestyle so that they can maximize their own travel experiences and focus on spending less time planning and more time building memories with their loved ones and documenting their own experiences.

2 Comments

  • Tori gordon

    Hoppycaligirl here from IG. I also have a second IG account that I don’t post as much Explorewithtor. Love your work you’re an amazing photographer.

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