Things never have to be the way they are. There’s always room for innovation and change. A fresh breeze through a stuffy room. Older changes eventually become accepted norms and so it goes.
Take travel photography for instance. When you think of travel photography, a few images probably come to mind. Lush, bright colors; crisp, clean lines. Waterfalls and colonial architecture. Dentist office stuff. The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with the expectations of the genre — but after a while, it feels played out. Boring, even.
Which is why a couple like Victoria Yore and TJ Drysdale feel so wholly unique. They flaunt convention and create images with a mythic quality. The travel photography they set out to create is nothing like the travel photography we’ve come to know. This week on #TheMadOnes, we sat down with Yore and Drysdale of @followmeaway to talk about what inspires them, how they do it, and why they ended up deciding to rattle the travel photography cage.
Where are you guys from originally? How did you get started doing what you’re doing?
Victoria: We currently live in the Tampa Bay area. I was born and raised in Tampa, and TJ was born in NYC and moved to Florida at 15. He went to school for filmmaking with the original goal to become a cinematographer, but discovered his true love was photography. He started taking photos of landscapes, and it eventually morphed into portraiture.
I have a BA in Business Management, and that has led to a career in social media management, freelance writing, and blogging. As far as modeling goes, I’ve always done it for fun and for the love of dressing up and taking photos.