Creating Travel Maps

©Sharon Popek 2016

I am an avid traveler and an artist. While I love straight (not heavily retouched) photos, I do sometimes feel I’m taking the same photo over and over. When that happens, I like to challenge myself to try something different. Travel maps are a good way for me to combine my love of photography, travel, and maps at the same time creating something unique.

Travel Maps

In 2016, I traveled to Cuba. It changed my life in many ways. But we are talking about photography and creativity here, so let’s stay on track! As I was working the hundreds of images I had taken, I realized that many of them looked exactly like the images everyone else took. I wanted to change them up and do something different. I also love old maps. I always think of treasure and adventure when I see a map with age spots and faded lettering. Thus, my travel maps were born. Below find an early map and a more recent one. Each one gets better. But the first have a special place in my heart.

Destination Trinidad Travel Map
A travel map of Cuba, combining a map of the country and several photos that I took in Trinidad.


Budapest Fovaros Travel Map
This travel map features a photo of the Budapest Parliament building at sunset is combined with an antique map of city from 1884.

I find my maps to be a great way for me to combine my love of photography, travel, and maps. Each travel map is unique, creating a feeling of nostalgia using modern images and vintage maps.

I have created travel maps from Cuba, the British Isles, Central Europe, and the United States. To see all of my travel maps, visit 

5 Comments on “Creating Travel Maps

  1. Dear Sharon, this is a great idea to give your photos that special touch of nostalgia and vintage look. A real artistic approach away from the ordinary “holiday picture”.

  2. Dear Sharon, these pictures (collages) are beautifully artistic with a bit of nostalgia and vintage style. What a perfect idea to turn “normal” holiday photos into something special!

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