Wanderlust through the eye of a camera

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Local photographer Steven Spencer is soon to embark on a year-long world tour. During the trip, he’ll primarily photograph ballet dancers.

 Steven Spencer is an Ozarks boy, but one with a global soul. “No matter where you live, you have to go somewhere else in order to bring something back,” he says. “You have to travel just to see where you belong.”

That perspective is soon to grow by leaps and bounds: This week, Spencer — that’s what he goes by — begins a year-long world tour that starts in Springfield and will take him through four continents. He’ll be accompanied by a friend, as well as his camera; the latter will be used to share his world with the rest of it.

But those photos aren’t ultimately what the trip is about for him. “It’s about meeting people,” he stresses. “It’s about the experience.” (more…)