Chanel Brown is a photographer and a New York City based travel blogger who is passionate about sharing the foods, people, and cultures of a destination with the world. Chanel has traveled to over 30 countries and has carried her camera with her every step of the way.
How would you describe your style of photography?
In my photography, I aim to capture one (or more) of following four things: life, color, design, and light. In regards to life, I might capture animals, small insects, or people in their natural environment. If something catches my eye or there is a moment that I want to remember and cherish, I tend to photograph it.
I love colors and if I see something vibrant or striking, I immediately want to hold on to the memory of how those colors made me feel. I often capture street and modern art that speaks to me through its colors and messages.
Recently I have become really interested in the way something is designed and either the fluid movements of the design or the straight lines that compose a particular subject. I have started to have a deep appreciation for architecture and how I can bring that architecture to life through my camera.
Finally, I love playing around with light, and I especially love reflections. Water has been one of my favorite subjects over the past year because I like the way that light can reflect off of water to create interesting photographs.
Can you share the backstories behind these two photos?
The first photograph is of a seagull that I captured sitting on a rock staring out at the water. I shot this photograph in small village called Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre region of northern Italy. The bird was sitting there so peacefully so I had to quietly move beside him to capture this picture without scaring him away. I was able to get in quite a few shots without disturbing him, and this by far was one of my favorites.
The second photograph is of a butterfly that I caught moving from flower to flower in the Bronx Zoo. I find that butterflies can sometimes be tricky to shoot as they tend to fly away quickly if you get too close. Luckily this beauty sat still for me for a little while as I captured it probing for nectar.
What are your dreams as a photographer?
I am constantly aiming to improve on my photographic skills to capture photographs that will serve two purposes: to create lasting memories and to make a person who is looking at my photograph feel as if they were there in the moment with me.
The “Snapshot” series are mini interviews with fellow black travel photographers to inspire others and myself. As I’ve navigated the world of travel photography over the last few years, I’ve found very few fellow photographers of color who are also doing this professionally with a heavy focus on travel documentary. So this inspirational resource of professional travel photographers of color is a way for people to always find us. Please get in touch if you’d like to be featured or know of others to feature.