Born and raised in Peru, Jano Silva moved to the Washington DC area when he was 12 and has lived there ever since. Jano got his first taste of “real” travel in high school when he went to Spain with his mother and sister. If the traveling bug was planted in high school, then it fully took roots in college while he was studying abroad in England and Italy. After that, traveling became one of the main goals and joys of his life. When he’s not planning or obsessing about where he’ll go next, he’s usually day dreaming of the day when he can quit his 9-to-5 to become a full time wedding or travel photographer.
In his journal, Jano covers a lot of ground during a short trip to San Francisco, exploring the city and beyond into Oakland and the North Bay. From street art to meat cones, he takes in all the vibrant sights and flavors that Fog City’s neighborhoods have to offer.
Have growing up in Peru, and studying in England and Italy influenced your photography?
Living in a different country allows you the opportunity to experience life and culture in a way that is just not possible while simply traveling through a place; it’s just a totally different experience. I try to look for that authenticity as much as possible when I travel, however hard it might be to achieve. I’d like to think that my photography reflects that quest.
What’s the next destination that you are obsessing about, and why?
I have always been fascinated by Asian cultures, and Japanese culture in general. I’ve dreamed of traveling through Japan since I was in high school but for one reason or another I never got to make it all the way out there. I’m really hoping to change that soon and make it my main trip of 2016!
Which camera(s) do you shoot with?
I probably have too many cameras for my own good, but my main one is a Canon 5D Mark III. Despite my desire to pack light when traveling I still haven’t talked myself into leaving it behind on major trips. I’ve compromised by only using a Tamron 28-300mm as my travel lens though. It’s certainly not the best lens around but what it lacks in performance it makes up for in convenience. I usually also bring a Fuji X10 which my girlfriend will use unless I get tired of lugging around the 5D and commandeer it for myself. And if I feel the urge to bring a film camera I pack the super tiny and awesome Rollei 35. Of course I also always have my iPhone 6 with me -- all the photos for my Bonjounals are shot on my iPhone.
Do you have a favorite place that you’ve visited, and why?
Yikes.... I don’t think I could definitively answer this question, but I’ll say that right now my most memorable trip would have to be Morocco. Me and my whole family got to go there last year to celebrate my 30th birthday and it was an amazing trip. Obviously we had vacationed as a family many times before, but this was the first time everyone; my mom, dad, brother, sister, girlfriend, and I all went to a far off and exiting destination together. We traveled through Casa Blanca, Fes, Meknes, Marrakesh, the Sahara, and Essaouira. It was a truly wonderful experience and the beautiful memories it produced will remain with me forever.
What’s your favorite travel tip?
Don’t be afraid to get lost and explore areas off the beaten tourist path. Doing this will often provide you with the best experiences! Also, don’t be afraid to eat where the locals eat! They eat there for a reason!