Photographing the Imagination – or is it… Imagining the Photograph?

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Four Seasons, Bora Bora

Four Seasons, Bora Bora, All Photos via The Cool Hunter

Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Coming from a guy who had some serious knowledge that is a powerful statement.

One of the things that stimulates imagination is, of course, travel. The unknown lands that lie in wait. People, landscapes, colors, architecture, the ever-present but never-the-same-sunset (so popular among the blossoming photographers…), the promise of change and the joy of coming back home. As someone who travels for a living (Im running around today preparing for a trip off the coast of Brazil with my friend Mike Horn tomorrow – standby for more on that), I can say that my love for the journey and curiosity of what is around the next bend remain undiminished. And while the travel photograph can be a cliche, it is undeniable that a great image of an undiscovered destination can transport you to a new experience – and light up your imagination. Click through the images above, but be warned, you might empty out your savings account and be on Trippy.com booking your next jaunt after viewing some of these. Some of these places are totally foreign to me, some Ive been lucky enough to visit at some point, but all of them have been captured in an exquisite way that inspire my imagination.

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If you like these, there are lots more as part of the series, Amazing Places to Experience Around the Globe featured on The Cool Hunter.
The Cool Hunter reports that there will be a book coming out in late 2012. Might make a good Holiday gift for your loved ones who are long (or short!) on imagination.

Kurtis says:

many thanks for sharing source files. thanks

Palmer says:

I would move to Hawaii after which travel the entire world.

Thanks for sharing these. #1, #11, & #12 are EPIC!! Look forward to hearing more about your coming adventure

For me it’s the first. It’s always up to you on how you imagine your photograph to be. Nice and cool photos! Makes me appreciate more the wonders of nature.

DanielKphoto says:

The word gorgeous has just been redefined by some of these shots! I swear I’m gonna try and see as many epic places as possible :)

Mike says:

I wish you a nice time in Brazil, enjoy the beaches and more that this beatiful country can offer!

RvF says:

Great images of beautiful places, … better pack my bag then:-)

faisal says:

Its both ways, depending on what situation you are in.

Fabiano says:

Chase, I notice the boat is in Sao Paulo, Hope you are heading north (To Rio), you should check Ilha Grande, nice sea and dense forest. unique.

Fabiano says:

Chase, I notice the boat is in Sao Paulo, Hope you are heading north (To Rio), You must check

Dan says:

Brilliant Shots! Awesome images!

Amanda J says:

the resort looked familiar from keeping up with the kardashians. oh wow, did i just say that??

So, what was first? The Emotion or the picture?

Thanks for sharing these. #1, #11, & #12 are EPIC!! Look forward to hearing more about your coming adventure…

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