Hanging out with cowboys under a volcanic crater

Hanging out with cowboys under a volcanic crater

Exploring the unknown is exhilarating. Anybody with even a slight sense of adventure relishes the chance to get off the beaten track. Away from the masses, from the censored, postcard reality. I’m obsessed with getting off the beaten track.

A Travel Photographer's Perfect Day

A Travel Photographer's Perfect Day

It’s early in the morning. The rays of the rising sun peek through the window of my Landrover’s roof-tent. Far in the distance I can make out the sounds of sheep, cows and their herders screaming at them. Did they go in a different direction to what I expected last evening?

Into the unknown & Chasing Holy light in the mountains of Armenia

Into the unknown & Chasing Holy light in the mountains of Armenia

It felt like going back in time. A strangely familiar sensation. Soviet cars everywhere, clearly still from Soviet times. I hadn’t seen so many since I was a child back in the USSR. And then there were ruins of ancient monasteries and fortresses. Every few kilometres I’d come across more ruins. Familiar and at the same time – mysterious. This was my first impression of Armenia. 

Travel photography tips - Don't be a photo sniper

Travel photography tips - Don't be a photo sniper

Today the idea of limiting the number of photos you take during a photoshoot is… It doesn't make sense. Memory cards are cheap. Storage is cheap. And of course shooting more photos means more opportunities to get something special. Right? Yes. Well, kind of. It’s not as simple as that. 

Travel photography tips - Goals During a Photoshoot

Travel photography tips - Goals During a Photoshoot

Setting goals during a travel photoshoot, or any photoshoot for that matter is very important. It can really increase your chances of creating amazing images. But, travel photography is so spontaneous sometimes. You might ask “How can I set goals?” You can. You already do. However you should do it more consciously and with more purpose. I’ll tell you why. 

Journeying through a mystical land

Journeying through a mystical land

A remote region of high mountains, pristine nature, ancient villages and... one of the most dangerous roads in the world to get there. That’s what I knew about Tusheti. Oh, and there was supposed to be a cultural festival too. 

My year starts in June: a photographic overview

My year starts in June: a photographic overview

Travel. Those who love it swear that they can keep traveling for years at a time without settling down. For the past decade or so, this is exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve traveled somewhere for about 9-10 months each year.

My photos in National Geographic Traveler China

My photos in National Geographic Traveler China

It was one of my most challenging journeys. But it was also one of the most fascinating. Ethiopia – the mountainous province of Tigray. Ancient churches carved in rock. Impossible locations. Traditions that go back over one thousand years. Another world. It seems like a dream today.

The dream travel photography project

The dream travel photography project

Imagine you're asked to photograph at one of your favourite destinations. It's for a company you really like. You get to use a camera that’s not even released yet and you’re given plenty of creative freedom. On top of everything, you get paid well too. 

Why I love the Mavic & why you need a drone

Why I love the Mavic & why you need a drone

I’ve owned DJI drones for about 2 years. I’ve used them pretty intensely in various countries, in different conditions and for a multitude of subjects. I think it's time that I share some of my experiences with drones as travel photographer who's always on the road and tries to carry as little gear as possible. 

Jericó - This is what picturesque looks like

Jericó - This is what picturesque looks like

To immerse myself in the luscious, green mountain scenery just one more time. To experience the worry free small-town-life. My journey through Colombia was winding down and this is what I wanted to do before leaving.

Tatacoa - The beauty & artistry of nature

Tatacoa - The beauty & artistry of nature

Surprising. That’s the main word that comes to mind when I reflect on Colombia. Of course this may have to do with my own ignorance and the ignorance of much of the rest of the world, really. When we hear Colombia, rarely do we associate it with a desert by the sea...

Through fog and rain to Zona Cafetera

Through fog and rain to Zona Cafetera

There are places that everyone tells you to avoid and there are places that EVERYONE tells you to go to. So far I’d been mostly visiting the “don’t go there places” in Colombia and had a great time. Over the years I've found that to generally be the case.

Chief Ayar Rantes

Chief Ayar Rantes

It was pitch black outside, but the weak kerosene lamp in the nakamal provided just enough light to see the excited expression on his face. I touched on topics that were dear to him –  tradition and culture. There was no better person to tell me about these than chief Ayar Rantes.