Social media makes it too easy to share photos of our travels. That means that often, we millennials take and share photos without necessarily reflecting on how these photos can portray a country negatively, or have other damaging effects.
When visiting “developing countries,” this reflection becomes even more important. As a visitor to a country with less economic power, it’s crucial that our photos do not negatively contribute to already existing power dynamics. We want our photos to empower these countries, not degrade or disrespect them.
Organizations like Global Service Learning and Child Rights International Network have written guidelines to help travelers understand the ethics of taking photos abroad. To make sure your photos follow the most ethical standards, ask yourself these questions first: