Luke MacBride’s Photography as a Visual Diary of his many Travels

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

– Anthony Bourdain

 

While most people stick to one location that they call home, Luke MacBride, a Canadian-born photographer from Toronto, Ontario, has called “home” many different places around the world. Having lived in Manhattan, Valencia (Spain) and Shanghai (China), Luke’s latest destination of choice to call “home” has become Accra (Ghana). It might seem that someone like Luke may not have the roots that hold his home country dear in his heart, but this is not so. Luke is drawn back to Canada, and spends part of every summer in his cottage in Haliburton, Ontario.

This nomadic lifestyle has earned Luke a wide perspective on life and culture and has afforded him ability to call any place he can sit and think “his studio”. Such diversity of photographic material that Luke meets on a daily basis throughout his travels has resulted in a vast collection of photographs that Luke has created over the years. Serving him as reminders of those fleeting moments he has spent in various places with various people, they also  are a marvellous representation of his inner world expressed in photo paper as he sees it through his camera lens.

“I’ve always loved beautiful scenery or candid moments that can bring back the feeling of that night, that trip, or that smell. It’s a very personal thing for me and it’s taken me years to be able get up the courage to show my work to others. Every photograph feels like a new day and like something I’ve left behind.”

Finding his inspiration in his travels and the people he meets, Luke is always on the lookout for the things that speak to him and his inner soul.

“Most of the time when I see something intriguing or something that makes me happy, I assume others will feel the same. I don’t think that inspiration only comes from one place or mood. It comes from other people as well. I also think that traveling to over 60 countries has had an enormous impact on me as a person. Coming to the realization that we all have common needs, desires and fears has changed the way I look at photography over the years. Pictures definitely transcend borders much like music does.”

Not following any style in his photography, Luke’s works are diverse and versatile; they range between urban, landscape and people photography, as well as any combination thereof.

“I don’t know if I have a particular style so to speak. I like what I like and if it makes me happy, it becomes part of my style. An old friend and better photographer than me once told me ‘I like to look up at my photos.’ I still have no idea what he meant by that.”

Luke started showing his photography to the world fairly recently, and he has already had an exhibition in the “Steam Whistle Gallery” of the City of Toronto where his works were showcased to the wider public.

“I wasn’t even able to attend as I was living in Valencia, Spain at the time with basically no money.”

During the last several month Luke has been living in Toronto where he had to return due to Covid 19, and the current travel restrictions prevent him from living the lifestyle that he so loves. Like most of us, he is troubled by the “feeling of not knowing what’s coming around the bend”, but keeps hopeful that things will get back to normal soon.

From time to time, Luke accepts commissions. Follow his Instagram page to help him grow his photography practice!

—TSG

 

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