Esteemed image makers name their favorite locations.
(c) Pete Turner
Pete Turner -- “These people work in color, which is what I work in,” says Turner of prominent architects in Baja, Mexico. “In a lot of the hotels, people just go crazy with colors, so you can sometimes shoot right where you stay.”
(c) Jen Judge
Jen Judge -- “The contrast between the barren desolate landscape and the ornate ancient architecture seems like the ultimate balance between man and nature.”
Insider Tip: Next time, Judge wants to shoot the livestock market at Nizwa.
(c) Peter Aaron/ESTO
Peter Aaron -- “The biggest, best Crusader castles are there as well as the Dead Cities [some 700 abandoned settlements]. The ruins of Palmyra dating from the 1st century rise in the desert, and Damascus and Aleppo [whose citadel is pictured] are beautiful ancient cities.”
Insider Tip: Aaron recommends verdant April and May for picture taking.
(c) Andrea Fazzari
Andrea Fazzari -- “Here in Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, I appreciate the aesthetic of Rajputana and Mughal architecture. The floating, intricate palaces are also especially striking.”
For structural beauty, it seems, the older and more unusual a place is, the better. “The trick is to distill what you are seeing,” Pete Turner points out. “You have to edit out what doesn’t turn you on and photograph what does.”
Insider Tip: While Fazzari names Jaipur as her favorite location in India, she also recommends Udaipur and Jodhpur, both of which are also in the state of Rajasthan.