As intrepid travelers, we don’t only search for an adventure or a change of scenery — we also seek to capture fascinating moments in photographs and tell the compelling stories behind them. In this wanderlust-driven series for the Locations section, we showcase some of the most fascinating travel photos by our fellow lomographers, along with their tales from the trip.
I’ve been scouring around our fellow community members’ travel photos and asking about the interesting stories behind them, but I haven’t even shared some of my own. So, for this installment, let me show and tell about two of my favorite travel snaps in film, which are also special to me because they’re among the first photos I took with my FED 3.
I took the photo above way back in January 2010 during my first visit to the historic Vigan City in the province of Ilocos Sur. Not many know that Vigan has a beach — although a black-sanded one — and I think it’s partly because travelers are more familiar with (and hold preference for) the white sand beaches of Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, or the surf spots of La Union. However, one of my travel companions during this trip was a local of the city so she took me to Mindoro Beach, named after the fishing village thriving along its shores.
On the morning before we left Vigan, we saw some fishermen hauling their fishing nets, heavy with their catch, towards the shore. My friend then told me that people were free to help pull the nets, and some would even give you some fish for free to thank you for your help! I’ve visited a number of fishing villages since then but haven’t tried helping with the nets yet!