Forms of identification: Peter Seaward
Travel photographer Peter Seaward shooting a campaign in South Africa.
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Peter Seaward
Title/bio: Freelance travel photographer. Winner of the 2011 British Travel Press Awards, Travel Photographer of the Year.
Twitter/website: @Petersphotos | Peteseaward.com
Born in: United Kingdom
Currently living in: Oxfordshire, England
1. Where would you rather be right now?
Taking pictures anywhere that I'm still waiting to shoot
2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
Dylan Thomas. He described things so well in his poetry, which inspires my photography.
3. Tourist must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
I haven't come across one yet that qualified. Most "must see" places actually have something. It's just about seeing them at the right time, and it's usually my challenge to shoot them in a different and interesting way.
4. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
Hulong Bay in Vietnam
5. Strangest meal abroad:
Bat curry in the Seychelles
6. If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
The beauty of an English woodland in May
7. Travel-related invention you wish existed:
A device that told tourists how to take decent pictures, without me having to tell them to stop shooting everything they see and learn to be selective and patient
8. Your most embarrassing travel faux pas:
If anyone’s going to fall over in front of a crowd… it's me
9. Material thing you miss the most when away from home:
My Land Rover
10. Most unique souvenir:
Beautiful Indian padlocks with secret keyholes
11. Best celebrity encounter while travelling:
I was on the same flight as [Mikhail] Gorbachev once, flying from London to Venice
12. Most unusual item you have travelled with:
I try not to. I have enough trouble getting through airport securities and customs as it is with all my photography equipment.
13. Coolest mode of transport you’ve taken:
I love travelling by camel and elephant in their natural environment.
14. Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
Into the Wild (but only up to the sad ending)
15. The travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
Burying Frank Wild’s ashes on [the island of] South Georgia next to his boss Ernest Shackleton. I was photographing the epic environment that the original explorers had to survive in, and it was inspiring to imagine the gruesome hardships that the explorers had to endure after their ship was crushed by the ice. Eating seal blubber, penguins and the remains of their diminishing ship's supplies for months on end, with maybe a “snotter”, the big wobbly nose of an elephant seal, as a special treat now and again...
16. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
If you are trying to take good picture, stay away from the crowd and don't shoot everything you see. Watch, wait, be patient and don’t copy.