People photography; Honduran in full national dress at ITB Berlin on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-7a honduran_nationaldress

A Passion for People Photography

People Photography around the World

“It is not a time to highlight our differences, but a time to celebrate our similarities”
Anybody that regularly reads this site will know that street photography and candid portraiture are popular topics. Welcoming any opportunity to tell the fascinating stories of people I meet around the world as told through the lens. So a photo essay displaying this passion for people photography makes good sense.

People photography; Portrait fisherman repairing his nets on the beach in Seeb, in Muscat, Oman on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory -105 oman_fisherman

Omani fisherman in Seeb

Passion is also something I value greatly, it is a quality which seems essential for success, and it’s also a very attractive quality. Knowledge, and experience are important, but those most passionate about their field of expertise, will ultimately be the most successful. The trick is usually converting that passion into a format which others can also appreciate.

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Brightly costumed Hondurans

Fortunately, photography is a medium, which most of us are able to enjoy. people photography is an effective way of sharing that passion.
Capturing images from my travels, is an obvious passion, but some of my favourite topics are street photography, and the people who I get to interact with along the way. Sometimes, these maybe fleeting moments, drifting past each other in the labyrinth of a medina of a north African country, among the swaying bodies enjoying the rhythmic beat of a Cuban salsa bar, or the colourful market stalls of a European market.

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Adelaide local

People photography; Worker at a Cuban sugar plantation near Trinidad, Cuba on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-57 cuban_worker

Plantation worker in Cuba

At other times these interactions, may last a little longer, making conversation with a stallholder at a Omani souk, enjoying the music of a street performer in a city underground system, or park, perhaps chatting to a waiter over a coffee outside a small Parisian bar.

Meeting people: Faces of Indonesia; A Cultural Portrait

Experiences like these are just some of the reasons we travel, seeking cultural immersion, and interaction with the locals of the destinations we travel to. People are the culture of any place, they speak the language, produce the art, a variety of entertainment, and build the impressive, artistic architecture. People turn simple ingredients into amazing cuisine, they found dynasties which endure for centuries, they have the history which extends for millennia, and makes destinations fascinating.

People photography; Face in the crowd on the Saronic Island of Hydra, Greece on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain_Mallory_053444 greek_people

We are all individuals

Divided by Distance, United by Ingenuity

We often refer to different peoples, as cultures, and it is this mix of cultures that makes the world such an amazing place. The various civilisations of the past have developed numerous languages, made incredible inventions, advancements which would have seemed science fiction to their predecessors. They developed written language, which enabled them to record these advancements, allowing us to become the dominant life form on the planet.

People photography; Patient fisherman near Trinidad, Cuba on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-231 cuban_fisherman

Cuban fisherman

People photography; Cuban local enjoying his cigar in Trinidad on the Caribbean island of Cuba on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-62-1 cuban_smoker

Cuban cigar lover

We are a complex species, capable of love and hate, kindness and greed, understanding and ignorance, faith and scepticism, compassion and intolerance. It is these many facets, our numerous contradictions which make people such a great subject for photography. Portraying the various emotions which we are capable of expressing is a worthy challenge for any photographer.

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A shoemaker in Oman

Cretan street performer at Heraklion, Crete in Greece on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300 cretan_musician

Cretan street performer

An individual face will have lived so many different experiences, have so many stories to tell, each one etching it’s own particular timeline into their portrait. Every individual is unique, with their own story to tell. We brush with heroes every day, struggling to protect their families in extreme adversity, yet wearing a smile, and never too busy to help their community. Their stories may not always be evident, hidden behind their character filled faces, just recognising they have a story to tell maybe enough.

An adventure in culture: Waterworld – The Bajo, ‘Sea Gypsies’ of Pulau Hoga

The world is made up of many cultures, but it is individual people that are the building blocks of these cultures, and capturing a little of their story, trying to share them is my particular passion.

“Everybody has a story to tell, we only have to be prepared to listen”

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Fish market in The Gambia

Male audience at the Muscat festival in Oman on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-308 muscat_festival

An all male crowd

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Comments 6

  1. Joanne

    Fascinating pictures and stories, you do have talent ….you take followers with you when you share with us so much detail its like we traveled with you please keep up the great work look forward to more post and adventures ..:)

  2. Kathryn

    Your passion for photographing people certainly shows in your pictures. Such a lovely collection but the Hondurans national costume picture is my favourite. I love the colours but it’s their eyes that draw you in!

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