Welcome to my 2015 in photos. I considered omitting it so that I could get through writing the stories behind the images but there are so many great images, they deserve to be shared sooner than later.
2015 was a “quieter” year for me; I travelled only four countries outside of my home country of Australia. They were: Thailand, America, Canada and Vietnam. None of them were new countries to me, but I got to see a different part of the America and Canada that most of us wouldn’t have normally seen.
The longest that I spent in a country was 101 days in America. I spent that time driving across twenty five states and clocking up over 16,000 km’s in a car that I bought and sold. It was the first time that I took such a huge risk; to buy in New Hampshire and then to sell it again on tight timeline on Craigslist. But in the end it turned out to be just one of the many new experiences that I had during the road trip.
I spent a lot of time both in the company of friends as well as alone on the road. It’s given me plenty of time to assess a lot of things in my personal life, my purpose for travel and my style of travel as they all continue to change. As my passion for photography evolves, it was important to make the necessary adjustments in my travel style in order to get the most of my time in each location, even though I felt like it was still rushing a lot.
A year of connections
If I had to theme 2015, then it would have to be about connections. I spent a total of eight months in Vietnam between 2014 and partly into 2015. The main reason was to establish a connection with the country of my heritage, meet up with relatives who I haven’t seen for a while as well as find answers to few questions that formed over the years from growing up in a “first world” country, with differing cultural values from where my family came from.
Even though I spent half of 2015 in Sydney, I wanted to experience a different side of the city while I was there. I visited areas that I was always curious about, but never made an effort to do so on previous years, partly due to complacency and laziness. While at home I also found myself naturally gravitating towards people who were passionate about other things in their lives, other than their careers.
This philosophy also carried on while I was traveling across America. I frequently used Couch Surfing, and was fortunate to have people of all walks of life greet me with open arms, allowing me to stay under their roof and give me a glimpse into their personal life. From people who rescue food from grocery stores to feed the poor, to a couple who spent three years cycling from the north of Canada to Argentina, there is so much human contact and stories to inspire me for many years ahead.
Thanks for showing interest in what I got up to during 2015. Whether you’ve stumbled upon my images or words through this blog, social media, or even bought prints of my images, it all means the world to me and spurs me to continue on.