Creative Acts of Transformation Traveling Home with Elia Locardi

Home isn’t just where the heart is. During our Creative Acts of Transformation Project, it’s also where the art is.

We asked photographer Elia Locardi to capture the beauty and emotion of “Traveling Home” by using the Cintiq Companion to edit his work. In true artistic form, Elia shared a unique perspective on what “home” means to him, inspiring us to plan journeys near and far in the New Year.

See Elia’s “Traveling Home” interpretation:

Then read on to learn how he sees this journey of the heart, and his contribution to our Creative Acts of Transformation Project.

Q: What did you think when you first heard about this project?
A: It’s an interesting concept for someone like me who doesn’t really have a home. For my wife and I, home is more of a state of mind. We have to make ourselves at home, wherever in the world we may be.

Q: What does “traveling home” mean to you?
A: Interestingly enough, many times we feel as though we’re “traveling home” when we’re visiting the places that are closest to our hearts, the locations that we enjoy frequenting most often. In a way, countries like Italy and Japan have begun to feel like home since we’re so comfortable when we’re there.

Q: Do you have a typical routine for how you work?

A: While on location, I generally shoot around the best lighting times of the day, like sunrise, sunset, blue hour, and golden hour. I also look for interesting clouds and weather patterns that could potentially add interest and drama to the scene.

I primarily use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop image editing. During the post-processing phase, I could be working in any number of locations: a hotel or apartment anywhere in the world, or on the move in an airport lounge, on an airplane, or while traveling by train. Since having the new Cintiq Companion, I work pretty much anywhere. One thing, however, has remained the same: the excessive amounts of espresso I consume while working.

Q: What advice would you pass on to budding photographers?

A: I would like to say that photography is not a race. Take your time and build your portfolio slowly. Be concerned with the quality of the images and the quality of the experiences in the places you go. Don’t just try to tick photography destinations off the list because, really, having 10 very powerful images is way more valuable than 50 mediocre ones.

Take risks, be positive, and make sure to always follow your passion. Some of the greatest things that you can accomplish in life require you to take the plunge into the unknown. Take the risk, bet on yourself, and be willing to work hard and follow through. The rest will come with time.

Wise words, indeed. Thanks, Elia, for making us feel at home in your world.