So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new a different sun.
Today is Remembrance Sunday, a time to reflect on those who have given their lives for the freedom of others. This year marks the 100th year since the start of World War I so please find time in our busy lives to take and a moment and think about those who have risked their lives in order to protect us.
An art exhibit in the form of a sea of poppies has been installed in the Tower of London to mark this important year and has been a huge success. If you would like to see more from the Tower of London Poppies installation please follow the link.
In the Lake District it is possible to be completely alone in the middle of the mountains, the closest people miles away. I first went to the Lake District in 2002 and have been back almost every year since. This area is unique in many ways and each time I visit I am blown away by its magnificence.
See more of my photographs from the Lake District HERE.
With more of us traveling it has become harder to find places off the ‘beaten path’ and escape the throng of tourists. The internet tells us of the top places to visit before we die or a list of unusual beaches to visit, we can’t be surprised when we get there that it is covered in people doing exactly the same thing.
While we travel we look for these places where we can forget where we are, where we can enjoy the moment and the surrounding scenery without the disturbance of others. They are becoming harder to find but when you finally find one the feeling can’t be put into words.
While traveling into Kakadu National Park in northern Australia we were instructed by the visitors centre to pull over after a few kilometres up the road and walk down a small path for 15 minutes where we would find a small waterfall. When I walked through the trees and the area opened into one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. My own sanctuary.
It is impossible to capture the feelings I had at that moment as I sat and stared at the waterfall in a photograph but every time I look at it I feel as if I am right back there in that moment and the feelings I had all come rushing back.
One World Trade Center opened for business this week, becoming both a landmark in the development of this area and also by becoming a huge landmark. The building is now the tallest building in the States and forth in the world. It stands at 1,776ft, a memorable number in American history. When this Photograph was taken the upper stories were still under construction but have been shrouded in low clouds.
I have always loved photography. I studied the subject at college but it was a very bad time. During our classes we learnt mostly darkroom techniques and film processing. During my second and final year the college invested in a hand full of digital camera’s and MacBook’s. These weren’t digital SLRs, this was way before those hit the scene. We had a few classes where we learnt how to use Photoshop and the cameras but no one was really interested. Just after I left college Agfa went out of business and things started to change, mostly all of what I had learnt over the last two years was now obsolete.
Wherever I go I take a camera with me and still take photographs, even though as the years pass I feel as if I am becoming less and less creative. I have embraced this digital culture and have my own digital SLR (even though it is a relic), the main reason for that is developing film is just so expensive. I am a purist in my beliefs and feel like the picture I take on my camera is the final version, I won’t even change it to black and white using the computer. Everything has to be done with the camera. I prefer it that way but there is one drawback, you can’t always capture exactly how things were. To some people Photoshop has taken over their lives and believe that how we see the world is how it is depicted in these magazines, its not.
There is more to photography than creating these flawless images digitally, composition, timing and knowing your camera settings. I hope that you can enjoy my photographs as much as I do taking them. I enjoy feedback and comments so please don’t hesitate to share any advice you may have about my photographs.
“If you are about to read this, don’t bother!” – Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
I read Choke while I was travelling in Australia and even though in the first pages I saw this quote from the author I continued to read on. Now Palahniuk is one of my favourite authors and Choke is one of my top reads. The quote does exactly the opposite of what it suggests. Tell the reader not to read on only encourages them to do so.
I would like to start off my blog in the same way. If you are about to read this, don’t bother.
Will it be the best travel blog you have read? Probably not. Will the photographs be the best you have seen? Unlikely. But it may inspire and encourage in some way or another.
If you have made it this far maybe I should explain what this blog will actually be about.
Whenever I travel I have always kept notes. These can come in many forms from a journal, a quote or even a song lyrics. This has created a scrapbook of my experiences. Everything that has influenced me since the day I had left home. Along with my camera I hope to create a virtual account of my travels for others to enjoy.
Because our shadows will remain even after we are gone.