On Travel & Photography / by Shayanne Gal

The world is so vastly large and complex. It’s filled with nature, beauty, color, and love. Staying put in one place is always hard, knowing that there is just so much out there to discover and to experience; to learn from and to build upon.

For me, that moment, when you’re on the plane or the bus or the boat or the back of a truck about to take off onto the next adventure, that is what makes my heart skip a beat with excitement - Excitement and anxiety, that recipe of bittersweet emotions. Knowing you are embarking on a new journey, accompanied by the uncertainty of what the future may hold. One thing I can always cling close to is that with everywhere I’ve ever gone and everywhere I’ll ever go, there are always a myriad of common, encouraging factors: countless incredible people to meet, breathtaking places to see, revelations to take hold of, ideas to manifest. And for me, specifically, photographs and words to capture my experiences and hold on to them through the momentous click of a shutter.

The truth of the matter is that all the while crazy and unpredictable, at times filled with joy and at times discouraging, endlessly complex and intrinsically beautiful – life is not meant to be lived in one place. I’ve crafted this site to share my images and my split-second moments of awe. These photos are a testament to life and to connection. No matter where you are in the world, no matter your ideologies and your beliefs, your triumphs or defeats, we can all relate on this very idea: that the globe is our communal home, it is where all life begins and all life ends. To us, It is everything there ever is and ever was. Through circulating photographs and words, we can all connect on a level plane - and make the world a smaller, more engaged space through our collective visual and written experiences.