Max Foster, Travel and Landscape Photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
My interest in photography began long before I ever picked up a camera. As a kid, I remember reading National Geographic magazines and dreaming of seeing the places featured. The photographs transported me to these locations and brought the stories to life. Later in life, I had my first opportunity to travel abroad. I took photos of everything, and in my mind each one was going to be amazing! Upon arriving home, I discovered that the photos were blurry, noisy, lacking detail and otherwise uninteresting. This was the catalyst to my photographic journey. I never again wanted to come home from my travels to be let down by lackluster photos. With that in mind, I dedicated countless hours to researching and learning photography.
Today, I often travel with the sole purpose of exploring and putting my own photographic touch on these places. I enjoy traveling to both popular destinations, and those off the beaten path. I shoot primarily landscapes, cityscapes and the details in between.
Traveling with a camera has allowed me to slow down and appreciate my surroundings. Whether I am searching for a hidden waterfall or simply walking through a city park, I often stop to take it all in. Rather than using photography as a means to an end, I see it as a way to fully experience a place. With that mindset, I think it is possible to create compelling imagery that others can connect with. If my photos can remind someone of a fond memory or inspire them to visit a new place, my work has been successful.
I am also the co-founder of Our World In Focus. We specialize in free and premium photo contests for all skill levels and genres. More information can be found on our website.