Canada has a problem with tourists taking selfies.
But it also has a golden rule for photography: the world is a camera’s playground.
“There is a lot of creativity and the world can be a very creative place,” said Canadian photographer Mike Frolik.
“We have a lot to learn from each other, and we have to keep it that way.”
It’s not always easy to navigate a busy world, as Frolick knows well.
But when it comes to sharing photos of the world, he’s not one to shy away.
“When it comes down to the physical aspect of photography, it’s not a very physical place,” he said.
“It’s a very visual place, and that’s what’s really exciting about photography, to get to see things that you don’t normally see.”
It wasn’t always like this, he said, and it’s now that Canada’s tourists are being forced to rethink the limits of what they can capture.
“I think what’s happening is that they’re really being forced into thinking that there’s this great space out there that they can really capture it in,” Frolisk said.
It’s hard to tell if this is the start of a trend or just a small step forward, as Canada continues to grow and develop its image as a photographer’s paradise.
But the trend of tourists snapping photos of themselves in public and sharing them on social media is sparking some debate.
Some people think selfies are too easy, and are turning to social media for their own photos.
But Frolieris hopes that the trend can be an opportunity for Canada to catch up.
“You can’t take a selfie for every photo, and I think it’s important to be aware of that and understand that it’s actually a way to capture yourself,” he explained.
“I think it is very important that people understand the context that you’re taking photos in.”
With files from The Canadian Press