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"Responsible travel" has become more and more top of mind among travellers. People are increasingly making an effort to respect the environment, local cultures and laws, and all that this entails.
Depending on the country in question, one sensitivity could be around taking photographs. Anyone who knows me, is well aware of my love of photography. In fact, I buy nothing in the way of souvenirs when I travel as my photos are the greatest take away I could ever have. I would even go so far as to say that I look forward to making photos in the places I visit just as much as I look forward to the trip itself. The two go hand-in-hand.
Over the years, I've encountered many situations and people with varying acceptance of being photographed. Whenever possible, I ask for permission. Sometimes I am even openly invited to take photos before I can even ask - Cambodia is a great example of this. This is really the best scenario and makes for wonderful, images best reflective of real life.

My recent trip to Egypt, however, was a challenge in this regard. I was forewarned that taking photos of people might not be appreciated and to err on the side of caution. Respecting this of course, meant that there were many wonderful moments I would have loved to capture but will have to rely solely on my memory to recall.
Sadly my photos reflect only a fraction of all that I experienced and witnessed. I did my best, but accept that the imperative to respect local customs and traditions trumps all. With that, you can take a look at what I managed to capture here.


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