Local knowledge is fundamental when you want to raise the right questions and illustrate honesty within your photography. It is not a new concept, and the more local knowledge you can absorb before embarking, the more memorable the final result.
But no matter how long you spend behind the computer researching your destination (falling asleep in-front of YouTube, scanning Instagram and 500px or devouring travel blogs), you will never obtain the same knowledge base as local individuals with real life experiences and unparalleled insights preciously collected throughout their lives.
If you are a travel photography junky and you frequently indulge in the firm comfort of an airline seat, you will already be familiar with the exhilarating sensation rushing from head to toe when stepping foot somewhere distant. Now imagine the same feeling back home, every time you step out the front door, a potential exotic destination for foreigners, but over time you have grown numb to the potential. If you can re-ignite the flame, imagine what you could achieve with your archive of local knowledge. Think of the advantage you have over every single visiting photographer marching down the road with the lonely planet guide in hand.
Your communities potential is only limited by your internal flame and untapped local knowledge. Turn a new page for 2018 and see where your new insight takes you.