The word vemödalen brings to light an issue that Longitude 80 takes very seriously. It means the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist - the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same closeup of an eye - which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.
We want to change this.
Our founder Denis thinks with his eyes. He always has - looking at patterns, faces, colours, movement. His previous life was spent photographing underwater and when he discovered Asia, this need to freeze moments translated into a love of travel and discovery across this vast continent. It is a rare event to find him without one or two cameras straps over his left shoulder. So Longitude 80's travel experiences are heavily based on the visual. From sunrise to sunsets and even at night, our guides and our trips are programmed for you to bring back home a hard drive full of memories. It is not uncommon for couples that choose to travel with us to want different things out of their trip. And now we cater to that. For the traveller that likes to slow down and see the world through a camera lens we allow you to take your time, whilst at the same time providing fast-paced hands on experiences for your active counterpart... All we need is two local guides to keep a couple happy.
Every country is photogenic but we focus on what our travellers love to "shoot". If you want wildlife , Borneo and Sri Lanka are waiting. If you want people, Myanmar and China cannot be beaten. If you want landscape, New Zealand or Laos will seriously challenge you. Capturing hill tribes of northern Vietnam, Bhutan's monasteries or the temples of Cambodia in a unique way will make you appreciate the final results back home. And if you are new at it or just simply want to improve your skills - no problem... We take the time to explain and analyse at the end of each day. What worked and what did not work, and why? Because what is foremost is to teach how to look around you - how to look at the light and use your environment. There is nothing more exciting for us than to lead a photography tour in one of our favourite countries.