This weeks featured photographer is Andrea Jenke. We fell in love with her underwater photography. It takes such skill and dedication to shoot underwater. Andrea’s images have symmetry and color that we just love. You can find Andrea on Instagram at – @jenksontheroad
extraordinary pictures. Modern technology has come so far since I started traveling.
I love my underwater dome lens but its relatively new and I haven’t had too many opportunities to use it yet. What I have shot so far allows one to be quite creative.
I really took to it after doing it as a subject at school. My part-time school job was in a retail photo lab in the mid-’90s and I got so much inspiration from the photos I developed and knew that all I ever wanted to do was explore the world and take pictures.
I have too many favorites! To narrow it down to just one is so hard. I have a photo from the Pyramids in Giza which has a special place in my heart as I wanted to visit there from such a young age however the photos were taken 20 years ago so the quality isn’t so good in this digital era. More recently, I am so grateful to have a shot of the Seventy Islands in Palau which was taken out of a light aircraft. This image is iconic Palau and not accessible by boat as it’s a conservation zone, so the best vantage point is from the air – simply stunning.
A good landscape gets me every time!I love the anticipation of the sun setting over the ocean or mountains and usually end up with hundreds of shots.I can’t forget about my underwater friends and I never get tired of taking shots of “Nemo” (clownfish) underwater.
I did a 4-month overland trip through the Middle East in 2000, including a few weeks in Syria. I feel very privileged to have visited a country as magical as Syria and it breaks my heart to see the conflict there now. As a tall blonde, I attracted a lot of unwanted attention in some parts of the Middle East, however, Syria was a country I had a total respite from the hassle. Such generous and authentic people.
This is a tough question are so many countries are photogenic in their own way. For landscapes, I think Nepal would take the crown, but for an abundance of equally photogenic opportunities – definitely Myanmar. I love looking at my photos time and time again from that trip, it was like being in a time warp, and I had a constant jaw ache from all the smiles with locals.
An open-ended around the world ticket, with the first stop in Central Asia, in particular, the ‘Stans. I would love to travel along the silk route, learn all about the history and take in the spectacular scenery. If I can’t be greedy and have to narrow it down to 1 country – probably Bhutan. A place that has a gross domestic happiness index has to be worth visiting.
I’m shortly off to Fiji to scuba dive the soft coral capital of the world, and I hope to check out Kazakhstan for a few weeks later this year. I have no doubt that I’ll visit Indonesia as I go there nearly every year being so close to Australia.
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Usually thinking about travel.
At the moment I’m trying to refine my pottery wheel throwing skills – which as a left-hander takes a great deal of patience. I have made many of what can only be described as dip and olive bowls….
I broke my collarbone in Bolivia cycling La Carretera de los Yungas aka the Death Road. Unfortunately, my break needed a pin inserted so I was operated on at 4000 meters above sea level in La Paz. After laying low for a few days, I was able to hit the road again, although carrying a large backpack was challenging at times after that.
I would really love to take my underwater photography to the next level. It is an incredibly expensive hobby (both scuba diving and scuba photography), so I’m slowly acquiring strobes, high lumen lights, etc to make it a reality. Plus, it takes practice, practice, practice.
I have recently moved home and have been enlarging some of my photos and framing them on the wall to surround myself in happy memories.
Teleportation.While being on a plane can be exciting when it takes you somewhere on a new adventure, I have also spent countless hours waiting around airports for flights or delayed and would have found a better use for that time.
Favorite Travel Accessory?
My passport! And my prescription lens sunnies!
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
ANDREA JENKE – @jenksontheroad
I’m a fun loving Aussie who is happiest at 15 meters below scuba diving the coral reefs; although a good sunrise over the mountains also brings as much joy. Adult life has taken me away from doing extended adventures through various regions around the world but it’s still not a holiday to me unless I’m getting a new stamp in my passport, so I use my annual leave wisely. Whether it be diving the turquoise waters of the coral triangle in South East Asia, drinking in the wineries of Europe, exploring the museums of London or eating street food in Central America, you can guarantee I’ll be chatting with locals, trying my hardest to learn some of the local language (usually the naughty words!) and taking in the moment with a smile on my face. Oh, and always armed with my camera to try to capture as much of it as possible.