It’s easy to find adventure when you’re away on holiday. What’s more rewarding is to find it a walk/drive or train ride away. The thought that you can find such beautiful views, heart pounding risks, and new experiences, just on your weekends is kind of amazing.
When things get a bit much, and you’re living with your week days rushing past you as a small bundle chaos, there is nothing better than a little escape to get some perspective. I’d recommend it to anyone.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
– Jack Kerouac
The photographs above were taken in Snowdonia National Park, Wales.
This is the last of my posts on Morocco alone, not to say it won’t feature in future posts as it has been so easy to write about what I’ve photographed there.
Lasting impressions remain thoughtfulness of character in the people, organic pure colour in the daily landscape and intrigue in the culture. There is a brightness of colour even from the beautiful ramshackle buildings, there remains mesmerising deep black volcanic rocks, and moving always, the most vivid of bright orange sands next to the perfectly opposite blue sky.
You can choose to see everything or nothing, (if you’re really not looking hard enough). I’d suggest everything, or at least as much as your eyes can take in.
In Morocco it did feel that there was a struggle against progress in some places, which could be viewed as a fight to keep the country’s history strong, but some of what we saw was very much a selected, edited version of that history.
We met all kinds of people from all walks of life and they all loved their country no matter their political or cultural origins. These photographs to me represent the reality of Morocco and the presence of truth and it’s shadow for current and future generations.
I always naturally take photographs of light in all it’s forms (I suppose we all do) , it was interesting to look within my photographs for the dark tones and unseeable spaces.
Morocco was somewhere I’d wanted to go since I was very young. It’s crazy how unbelievably close this beautiful enchanting african country is. Visiting last year, my expectations were easily exceeded and I’m sure I barely scratched the surface of this unbelievable place.
First and last impressions of this beautiful place were the constant thoughtful details in the small things and the more deeply you looked the more there was to find. Both in the physical day to day you see here in the beautiful craftsmanship but also so strongly in the people.
As usual all photographs taken by myself. The photographs shown here were taken in Casablanca, Telouet, Marrakech and Essaouira
Pt4 The land in Peru held all kinds of surprises, from incredibly delicious passion fruits, to crazy unique landscapes and ingenious methods of agriculture – some ancient, some still running as family businesses… oh and some pretty cool animals!
This little guy is a baby spectacled bear! Never thought I’d see a wild bear with my own eyes, it really was an awesome moment, and not just because we’d reached the top of a mountain!
Pt3 One of the things that amazed me so much about Peru was the diversity in the environment.
In a matter of hours we went from snow capped mountains to sweaty jungle.
Along with the change in temperature the people change, and the way they use the land around them.
When faced with these environments I worry I wouldn’t know where to start, where to let my pigs and Llamas roam!? Where to put up a pylon for my electricity?
The Peruvian people we met on our trip and those who’s lives we hiked past really are so resourceful and hardworking.
Peruvians love their colours and they really know how to use them! Whether it’s for beauty or practicality they’ve got a place for every tone and hue you can think of.
Which is really helpful when you’re a photographer!
Once you start to think about the way colour is used in day to day life, you can’t stop!
I hope this will make you notice how colourful your day really is.