Our most recent discovery of inspiring travel photographers is Romeika Cortez, whose delicate eye for the beauty of things has contributed to the production of a collection of impressive photographs. Her photography manages to evoque sensations of peace an quiet in a city as bustling as Paris. Romeika is a 27 year-old journalist, born and raised in Brazil but now living in Denmark. We asked her a few questions about her photography.

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How is traveling part of your life?
Not as much as I’d like it to be. I’d love to be able to travel more often. It’s not in the cards for me right now, but hopefully soon things will change in that department.

Which cameras do you use?
Canon EOS D60, Canon EOS 500N (both with 3 different lens – EF 17-40mm f/4 USM, EF zoom lens 80-200mm 4.5-5.6 II, EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II), Canon a710IS, Fujifilm disposable cameras.

What got you into photography?
It all happened very randomly. In the beggining it was mostly about taking introspective self portraits in my bedroom, but I gradually developed an interest for things, faces and places outside my little world. I started posting some of these pictures on my blog and Flickr, and the positive feedback as well as being able to meet other people on the internet with the same interest prompted me to go deeper into it.

What is your favourite place in the world to take photos at?
Paris! I’ve only been there once, and as much cliché as it may sound, Paris is the most beautiful, enchanting, charming, wonderful city on the planet, whether it’s sunny or rainy. Besides, the city has so many different aspects to be explored, it goes far beyond that pre-sold image people have of it.

What is your favourite (travel)picture and what is so special about it?
The picture of mine in front of the Fontana Di Trevi, in Rome. It was taken very early in the morning, which explains the lack of people around it. Just being able to contemplate the quietness in this particular place was truly unique and meant a lot to me.

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What is important to you when it comes to travel photography?
It really ought to be personal. I try to document my very own impressions of the place I’m in. I usually like to focus on details rather than the whole.

What photography-realted advice would you give other girls who travel?
Don’t stick to preconceived ideas and take a different direction, turn to a less explored street, for instance, and allow yourself to be surprised. Go to places where the natives are, and observe their daily life. This sometimes helps to register more intimate, spontaneous moments.

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For more of her pictures check out her flickr or blog and join the travelettes flickr group if you have beautiful travelshots to share.


This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at smaracuja.de.