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Behind the Lens With 24 Best Travel Photographer Michaela Trimble

by Michaela Trimble

Photographer, Michaela Trimble. Photo by Marianna Jamadi.

Stunning scenes from nature and civilization, Michaela Trimble, one of Fathom's 24 Best Travel Photographers 2016, captures the world with a discerning eye for beauty. She talks about her photography style and shares a few favorite images.

Tell us a little about yourself

I'm a Brooklyn-based travel writer. At the end of April, I wrapped up a South America adventure with photographer Marianna Jamadi. We documented our experience in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru for several publications and on social media using our hashtag, #babesinsouthamerica. After our adventure, I went to Kosovo, Macedonia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

My friends tease me because when I'm traveling I always say, "I could live here for a while." But I really feel that way about so many places. I love the world we live in and find infinite beauty in different cultures and ways of life. I think I get this from my childhood. My mother's job required us to move often, and by the time I left for college, I had no problem with comings and goings, the hellos and goodbyes. It felt natural to continue this into adulthood. I crave the initial feeling of stepping into a place I've never been.

How would you describe your photography style?

I mostly report on adventure travel and cuisine as a portal into the culture of a destination. My photography mimics this, as I gravitate toward dreamy aerial shots at markets and the vast images of barren deserts or lush rainforests.

What do you love most about photographing on the road?

I love the idea of movement. Staying on the road fascinates me and my favorite sidekick is my camera. I'm constantly inspired and uninhibited by a traditional day-to-day schedule, which makes my writing and photography more fluid and insightful. When I'm on the go, I'm meeting countless new people, having new awakenings and experiences in unfamiliar places. I want to hold those memories forever. My camera and stories allow me to do that. It's my way of never saying goodbye to the people and places I love most in this world.

Where are you headed next?

My next travels include an orca kayaking expedition in British Columbia, a road trip from Seattle to Lake Tahoe, a hike from Italy's Lake Como to the Swiss Alps, and a journey through Alaska to eventually arrive at the Adventure Travel World Summit in Anchorage.


San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Mercado San Juan, Colombia


Uros Islands, Peru

Llama in Huacahuasi Valley, Peru

Women in Huacahuasi Valley, Peru

Amazon River, Peru


Halong Bay, Vietnam




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