The answer was simple but the questions remained unresolved in my mind. After making the decision not to pursue a career in finance, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to spend a month alone on a farm in Namibia with books to read, mountains to climb and nothing that I had to do. One of the items I took with me on this trip was a camera. Without any objective outcome in mind, I began to play with light and composition. The more I explored, the more fascinated I became with the intricacies involved in simply trying to capture the beauty my eyes grasped so effortlessly.
I am drawn to the few wild places that are left on earth. There is something indescribable about these places as anyone who has spent any length of time outdoors knows. You find yourself adapting to a frequency of living that takes on a much slower pace than that of our attention-seeking modern world. Everything has intrinsic interest and value and looking is “merely the act that discloses”, as Proust wrote.
I am intrigued by what we as society collectively deem progress. I don’t think that there is any clear right answer to that question and no individual determines the direction. Yet, I think it is a question worth asking. I aim to use photography and film as mediums to pose questions to people about their values - without imposing mine on them. The world could use a little more critical thinking. Along the way, I also wish to capture my perspective of the beauty that I experience on my journey and share that with the world.
I’ll leave you with this:
“Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and has lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” - Hunter S. Thompson