Visual Escapism for a New Reality Pt. 1: Virtual Vacations

In need of some visual stimulation? Virtually escape the confines of your home with a look back at some of our favorite international stories satiating our appetite for wanderlust.

At a time when we’re stuck inside staring at the same four walls everyday, many of us are feeling like we need a change of scenery. Pre-lockdown, we didn’t give a second thought to spending an afternoon in a gallery, visiting friends, or traveling by train or plane to explore new destinations, but, during the coronavirus crisis, we’ve had to come up with new ways to fuel our appetite for visual stimulation.

Here at Friends of Friends, we have a vast archive of stories featuring inspiring photography by a range of international creatives. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites, which will hopefully offer you some visual inspiration, whether digitally exploring new corners of the globe through documentary images, or by seeing reality through a variety of photographer’s own unique lenses.

While we may currently be forced to stay at home and curb our wanderlust, that doesn’t mean our minds can’t drift off to different, exotic places around the world. From a photo essay reminiscing about Mallorcan summertime to a feature exploring the diversity of Réunion Island, why not take a look at Friends of Friends’ travel content and start planning the first trip you’d like to take post-lockdown?

Italian-born, Berlin-based photographer Daniel Farò shares his images of a pre-coronavirus summer spent traversing a Spanish island, and talks to us about recording memories, artistic liberation, and finding the beauty in everyday moments.

Fancy a virtual vacation in Marrakech? Explore the Moroccan capital with Jess Sara-Wright’s images of glowing orange sunsets and intricate mosaic tiles.

Breathtaking beaches, spectacular natural scenery, rocky volcanic landscapes, Creole delicacies, and a veritable mix of cultures: at around 2,500-square-kilometers, Île de la Réunion, the French island in the Indian Ocean situated southwest of Mauritius is remote corner of the Eurozone. Thanks to technology, you can travel with just the click of your mouse.

Considering a trip to Central America post-lockdown? Get some inspiration for cultural sights to discover in Mexico from this article about the Oaxaca foundation that aims to promote collaboration and social commitment through art.

Text: FvF Team