More videos today, but instead of showing other photographers, I thought we might look at the impact of tourism. It is something that really concerns me.
The Impact of Tourism
There is something about people and wanting to travel. I’m not big on travelling, but I do see places and think about how I would like to see them one day. Though having said, I’ve also resolved myself to the view that I will never many of them, if any. Why, because I don’t want to be part of the problem.
Tourism is a massive problem. The impacts of it are far reaching and they are often things we don’t think about when we are doing it.
I have travelled and earlier this year I went to New Zealand. To me the effects of tourism were so apparent in Wanaka.
So many people go there to photograph this tree in the water. We do have to wonder how long it will be there. While I was there I saw some Instagram account asking people who wanted to go with him to climb the tree. Seriously, I kid you not. How did this person not realise what a disaster that would be? It was enough that over 200 people were there the morning we went to take photos. I don’t know that we had a massive effect, but there would have been something.
Often the effects are silent and not something we see, but what we leave behind. I think for me it was photographing that tree that made me feel guilty and I’ve been asking myself since then, do I really want to be part of all that.
It really does beg the question of how you can want to go to a place where the local population think you are venom?
So today we are looking at some videos on the impact of tourism.
How mass tourism is destroying cities
Is tourism harming Venice?
This is a much longer video and is all about Venice. It looks at the effect of tourism there, but also at how the people who live there are struggling to survive. It is sort of sad to see so many people going there and making it impossible for those that call it home.
The ‘Instagram Effect’ Is Driving Too Many Tourists To Some Destinations
A short video on what is being called the ‘Instagram Effect’. It is something I’ve heard about before and something I try to be aware of. When I go to places to take photos I’ve been trying to keep the location of where the images were taken to myself. While other people might find them, I don’t want to be part of the problem by helping people find them.
This video looks at the effect of Instagram on many of the popular tourist places.
I’m not saying you can’t travel, but maybe you need to work out how to do it without the amount of impact we are seeing. Be a thoughtful tourist.