Dana Carmel Bell is a world traveler and cultural explorer who’s passionate about voluntourism and affordable luxury. She recently launched Time Card Express™, a discount travel membership card that makes travel and leisure more affordable for the everyday traveler.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I’d describe my photography style as evolving since I’m always looking for ways to improve. I’ve found that I really love snapping landscape shots and images that capture local life in motion.
Can you share the backstories behind these two photos?
The first shot was taken in the Dominican Republic on a back road in Puerto Plata somewhere near Tubagua. I was in the backseat of a car when I saw what appeared to be a family on a motorcycle driving alongside our car. I’ve traveled a lot in the Caribbean so I’m used to helmet-free motorcyclists, but I think this was the first time I saw a mother on the back of a motorcycle with a baby. It was an in-your-face reminder of being attuned to cultural differences when traveling. I also love the profiles of the mother and driver.
The second shot was taken while exploring the beautiful neighborhood of Le Panier in Marseille, France. It’s one of the most alluring neighborhoods I’ve come across in my travels so far. The narrow roads and old buildings with wooden shutters are so typical of French neighborhoods, but Le Panier has so many eye-catching splashes of color. As we walked down this street, I turned around and snapped this picture. I always try to remember not to only focus on the scene in front of me, but to occasionally turn around to take in what’s going on behind me as well.
What are your dreams as a photographer?
My dream as a photographer is to inspire people to travel, and through my pictures, to inspire people to dig deeper into the local culture of their destination.
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.