Wanderlust | Part 1
The main reason I got into photography, was because of wanderlust.
As a kid, I loved nothing more than coming across that yellow bordered magazine called National Geographic. Opening an issue of National Geographic made me feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. As I turned each page, I was presented with far off lands and exotic customs and rituals. The magazine fuelled my curiosity about the world and the power of an image.
It was after a summer working in the Northern Prince Charles Mountains in Antarctica with the Australian Antarctic Division, that I decided to pursue a career in photography. It wasn't something I needed to do. It was something I had to do. To become a travel photographer, working for magazines became my siren call.
While I was very fortunate to spend a number of years' working as a freelance photographer for various magazines, there came a point in my life where I just wanted to travel more and explore the world. I wanted to do it without a client brief and a deadline.
In 2012 I embarked on what turned out to be a 10-month trip. Together with my wife, we travelled from Istanbul, Turkey down through the Aegean Sea (crossing into the Greek Islands), back into Turkey, through Georgia, through Azerbaijan, over the Caspian Sea to Kazakhstan, into Kyrgyzstan, across the Tien Shen Mountains into Kashi in western China, then across China to Shanghai. We then headed north into Mongolia.
To summarise such a trip in words is really hard. We met wonderful people. We had some long, tough days. We came as close to being mugged as I have ever been. And we had days of absolute joy. To travel overland, without a time frame is one of the most rewarding things I have done.
Along the way, I took some photos.
[These photos are from our time travelling through the Greek Islands. Up next is Istanbul Turkey, which I'll post next week].