We travel not for trafficking alone;
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
For lust of knowing what should not be known,
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.

James Elroy Flecker

Welcome to my site. The lines above just about sum up my attitude towards travel. Mystery, adventure and exoticism all have their part to play but the Golden Road to Samarkand is as much a state of mind as anything else.

Many of my images come from countries and regions usually considered a little ‘off the beaten track’, or from lesser-known areas of well-documented destinations.

In both my photography and writing I try to capture something of the spirit of a place rather than simply focus on its most obvious sights and monuments. You can decide whether I am successful or not by looking at some of the galleries that follow.

All images ©Laurence Mitchell