I have slowly learnt that there is much more to taking a good photograph than putting the camera on auto mode, taking a shot, putting a filter on it and sharing it for likes on Instagram.
The real challenge is portraying emotions and feelings through an image. This is what I aim to achieve through photography. My images are taken all over the world on expeditions and travels. They are all about being outdoors, connecting with nature and telling a story.
Photography and Expeditions
Photography has encouraged me to truly absorb my surroundings. Looking at the world through a lens opens up new perspectives. I now see the world in a different way.
I also have a strange desire to push my self-perceived limits and boundaries on expeditions. Every expedition has a story to tell and my goal is to tell these stories in the most vivid and creative way possible.
I’ve been fortunate to take part in expeditions across the world. My highlights to date include trekking in the Dolpa Region of the Himalaya Mountains, paddling through rivers in France, exploring the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia to travelling on horseback in the Canadian Rockies.
My next big expedition will be a long distance cycle tour starting in September 2018. The plan is to cycle through SE Asia, China, South Korea, Japan and the USA with my wife Lucia. We will be writing about our journey at http://cyclingtwo.com. Along with my wife, my other partner will be my camera.
My only formal education with film and photography was at school where I studied Media Studies at A-level. I loved creating short films and working behind the camera but for due to fear and lack of belief in myself, I decided to leave behind my aspirations of being a filmmaker and went on to study Sports Science.
After graduating, I wanted a career where I would work outdoors, be challenged and have bags of adventure so I joined the British Army as an Infantry Officer. My career in the Army provided all of this and more. Most of my time in the military has been spent being posted overseas to Cyprus, Germany and Egypt.
My career in the Army provided me with a great variety of roles. From serving in Afghanistan, commanding and training soldiers, working in the British Embassy in Cairo to leading the National recruitment campaign for Officers. In my final year, one of my roles was to manage all media for my unit. I created recruitment videos and managed a Facebook page with over 20,000 followers.
The thing is, as you become more senior in the Army, you spend more and more time sitting behind a desk. This was something I expected but when it happened I wasn’t happy. Life is too short to do something that doesn’t make you happy so I handed in my notice, just like that with no job lined up or real plan.
When deciding what to do as a new career, I asked my self:
“If I was a millionaire, what would I want to do with my life?”
My answer is simple: to be an expedition photographer. To be creative and tell stories of expeditions around the world in some of the most challenging environments. So rather than waiting to be a millionaire, I decided to make this my career now.
If you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on any of my social media profiles.