This is what you wish your travel photos looked like

We got Photographer Elia Locardi to take us through his portfolio and tell us the story behind his favourite pictures.

February 12, 2017

Travel photographer Elia Locardi is a nomad. Constantly on the move, the only constant in his life is his wife, and the camera in his hand. Since he began travelling full time in 2009, he has visited more than 50 countries and accumulated more than one million air miles. He leads two workshops at this year’s Gulf Photo Plus Week at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz: Desert Nightscapes and Post-processing and Urban Landscapes at Sunrise and Sunset. He spoke to EDGAR about his favourite photos. 

New Zealand

There are certain times as a photographer when events line up in perfect harmony. In this case, I was fortunate to be in the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve near Lake Tekapo in New Zealand with a crystal clear sky coinciding with a new moon. This gave me a wonderful opportunity to capture an enormous number of stars streaking across the sky. I love shooting star trails because it creates a very powerful. Obviously, having a strong foreground element is a big part of the puzzle when trying to create an immersive scene, and the Church of the Good Shepherd has become a popular location for this type of photography. It’s such an awesome looking old stone structure that it’s easy to see why so many stargazers and photographers love this spot.

Java, Indonesia

There are only a few places on our beautiful planet that I would call ‘otherworldly’. Fewer still that can impose such a profound sense of awe and wonder, where the simple act of seeing is enough to satisfy an avid explorer’s wild curiosity. Part of the Tengger Massif and situated in a large caldera, Mt. Bromo is the collapsed remain of a once larger giant. Still active today, it shares proximity with the active Mount Semeru, the largest mountain on the island of Java which stands at an impressive 3,676 metres.

Petra, Jordan

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to visit Petra and I can honestly say that seeing The Treasury lit up was an incredible experience. It’s an event that should be on every photographer’s bucket list. The combination of light and shadows that play on the surfaces of this ancient archaeological site are stunning. On this particular night, I was fortunate to have a mostly clear sky, which allowed me to capture some of the stars above.


Under a cold and moonless sky, showers of green and red light danced all around us. All sense of time and place seemed to disappear, as we watched the auroras in awe, all alone in the clear and silent stillness of the Icelandic countryside. Spending the day on The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, I had a feeling that the weather conditions might be perfect for The Northern Lights, and by 9.30pm, we could see a strong green glow around the horizon. After a quick drive, we were in the perfect place. The auroras danced in the distance and peaked around 11pm when we found ourselves in the centre of the activity. No longer were we watching them on the horizon. Now the lights were falling right over our heads—swirling, spinning, and cascading around us. For nearly three hours we watched in awe as I photographed this magnificent and life-changing event. When I was all finished it only felt like 15 minutes had passed. I will be forever humbled by the beauty of our amazing planet.