Leaving the Caucasus for… a while

Leaving the Caucasus for… a while

The Caucasus region was meant to be a stop on my way to Mongolia. But, I stayed. Fell in love with Georgia. Came back, stayed longer. Fell in love with Armenia. Over the past three years I’ve been leaving – coming back, spending months at a time here.

Hard truths about travel and photography of people

Hard truths about travel and photography of people

Most photographers paint a very rosy picture of travel and photography of people. Beautiful places, friendly locals. They talk about how they connect with different cultures so effortlessly. The truth, the hard truth, is that things aren’t always so ideal.

My love affair with South America

My love affair with South America

I had dreamt about this continent for almost 15 years. So much I heard, so much I read and saw in pictures. I was connected to South America. Through friends. Through my university Spanish teachers. I can’t believe I put off coming here for so long. 

Hanging out at the animal markets of Boyacá

Hanging out at the animal markets of Boyacá

Boyacá. Beautiful, mountainous. The climate is cool, there aren’t mosquitoes and, it’s safe. Or at least there isn’t someone always telling you to watch your back, as happens almost everywhere else in Colombia.

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.