"The things that were photographed were often beautiful. And its a hell of a problem to photograph something that's beautiful to start with. The photograph should be more interesting or more beautiful than what was photographed."
Photo - Somewhere in Goa, the only Christian state in India
10 months travelling around the world! I've not really posted anything about it on this blog since I've got back!
Well, I've been thinking about it and I really can't put the trip into words. I started writing and what came out was cliches. In India I wrote whole blogposts and at the end I felt like it had all been written before. I was saying nothing new and it was all quite generic compared to the experience. I've tried writing since I got back, but to no avail.
I experienced so much while being away that its really impossible to get it across. We travelled so far and experienced so much that when I got back and people asked me 'How was the trip?', I had no words for them. Do I say it was amazing? Unbelievable? Do I go into individual stories of what happened in different places? Do I try to sum up the experience in a paragraph or two? Do I speak about politics and corruption? Or talk about religion and beliefs. Do I tell them a timeline of events from the start, until they glaze over? In the end, I really just didn't say very much. I still haven't spoken about it with many people.
Maybe I'm just not a good enough writer. Maybe the experience was so vast that there's no way to sum it up.
And my photos? Its just impossible really. They are a glimpse. Frozen moments that have been plucked out of the chaos. Some cliched, some slightly more unique. I've been looking at them for so long now, trying to piece them together to turn them into something that describes the experience. But they can't. I needed to realise that they can't get across the feel of the place. But they are what they are. I need to stop trying to reach an impossible goal and just get them out into the world.
So, I'm back in the UK for a good 6 months now and am starting to get a bit of perspective on the whole thing. I really can't put it into words but I don't need to! Its an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life and maybe that's enough.
"What's your name?"
"Where'd you come from?"
In 2012 I went travelling for 8 months around India, Nepal and China.
I travelled on local transport for thousands of miles, walked for hundreds, ate the local food and lived as deep in these countries as I could. I visited around 60 places, both the massive cities and the tiny towns. I went to the tourist attractions and got off the beaten path.
The project I've come back with is of both the people and the landscapes of these countries. These two aspects are both integral to the character of the countries but inform different aspects of the experience.
The photos above are a small selection from the start of the trip, to give a taste. I'm working on an offline project at the moment to get these photos into the world and on to paper.
More to come...
So, here is a map with our journey through Asia on it!
We travelled through the 3 countries marked on the map over 10 months. We spent 4 months in India, 2 months in Nepal then 2 months in China. We also stopped off in Turkey, Bulgaria and Poland on our way home.
The markers are places we stayed for one night or more. The blue lines are bus journeys, the red is buses and the yellow is flights.
Its been a mad trip and a lot of fun!
So, I've been shooting street photography for the last year and have finally got a group of photos together to show.
I love the process of shooting on the street. Its always a balance how close you get to people, how obvious you make it that you are taking someones photo and it is a continual hunt to find interesting moments that last for a millisecond then are gone.
The process is an interesting one, which normally just gives you 1 photo each day you spend walking around. Other days a few moments will just appear from nowhere. Thats a great feeling when these things just work! So, go and have a look at the gallery and tell me what you think...