Why do you travel?
my answer: to be less ignorant of the rest of the world, and to learn new positive cultural values to integrate into my daily life.
Picture of me sailing into Sydney Harbour (camera in hand) at the conclusion of my Pacific Crossing in 2015
I came up with the dream to circumnavigate the world on a sailboat in 2008. I did not have a boat nor did I have a plan. I really wasn’t even that great of a sailor. I was terrified to leave my career as a Project Manager and set out on this crazy adventure. But the desire was so strong, that I finally lifted anchor from my desk in 2011 for 8-months to go to Yachtmaster school and cross the Atlantic. I went back to work in 2012 for a year and then set out again to cross the Pacific which I completed in 2015. I plan to transit the Indian Ocean in 2018. My dream has never let me down. It has opened the door to a most amazing world and the wonderful art of photography.
I’m 21 years old and just about all of my travels were with my parents/family for the sake of vacationing or visiting other family. That being said last summer I went to SF by myself to attend Street Foto SF and be a part of that festival and Vinheet Vohra workshop. I guess the reason for my travelling was to educate. Looking forward now I don’t think I’ll ever travel for the sake of vacationing. I just feel like spending that kind of money for the sake of “relaxing” doesn’t go well with my personality. I think any big money spent on travel would have to go along with some kind of workshop or festival/concert/road trip kind of thing,
That being said last December I moved away from my hometown of Halifax Canada to go to Corner Brook, a small city in the province adjacent to Halifax where my parents are from in order for a change of pace and to photograph a place that has never really been photographed by street photographers before (at least not really seriously). I wouldn’t call it travel since I live here now but it is temporary and it is for the sake of being somewhere else. I suppose the point of me moving would be to see what life is like in a different part of the world and to see what my artwork is like in different environment.