It started out innocently enough. You were a landscape photographer, a solitary scenery hunter, a planet-loving, tree-hugging, mountain-climbing, river-crossing, track-scrambling wanderer in the wilds. You loved documenting our planet and all of its hidden little nooks and crannies. You lived for sturdy tripods, graduated ND filters and focus stacking. You used to pore over Google Earth searching for new photographic adventures, new vistas, new outlooks, new amazing views to capture in your own unique way.
But then things started to change. One day you brought along a lady friend with you and you decided to photograph her in silhouette in front of the setting sun. Sure it’s something a bit different from your traditional landscape photographs, but that’s cool because it’s good to experiment. You upload it to social media and your audience go nuts over it. “Those tones,” they cry. “#travelstoke,” they chat. Maybe there’s something in this, you ponder.
Over the next few months, your style starts changing. Where once your photography was all about the location – now it’s all about the mood. You are displaying all the signs of a transition. You’re transphotographic. You’re becoming a lifestyle photographer.
And you know what? That’s totally cool. You do you.
Official advisory: if you or a photographer you know is making big changes in their life, try and support them. To assist you, we have compiled a list of nine signs of transphotographic behaviour that are early manifestations of photographic reassignment from landscape to lifestyle photography.