2018 Maitland International Salon of Photography

Asia, Exhibitions, International Travel, Photography

My photo, “Sakya Monastery, Tibet,” has been accepted into the 2018 Maitland International Salon of Photography. This salon consists of two exhibitions in Australia: Maitland Showground, Fine Art Pavilion, 12th to 18th February 2018 and Maitland Regional Art Gallery, High Street Maitland, 10th March to 20th May 2018.

Sakya Monastery, Tibet (2006)

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f11 Magazine – Christine Wilson

Photographers, Photography

If you don’t already subscribe to f11 Magazine, I would highly recommend it. Each issue features interviews with, along with portfolios of, three diverse photographers. Issue are free to either view online or download as PDFs. The September issue is now out and I wanted to share the work of one of the photographers featured.

Christine Wilson is a self-taught photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia. Her photos are well composed and I love the fact that the work featured here is shot with crop-sensor cameras. So much time is spent today among people on photography sites going on and on about full-frame versus crop-sensor, or mirrored versus mirrorless, that it’s nice to be reminded that none of that really matters. You can find more of Christine’s work here.

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Shifting Travel Plans

International Travel

Plan_BWe like to make plans and create lists. Well, at least some of us do. I came to travel relatively late: By the age of 30, I’d only been to two countries besides my own—Canada and Mexico. At 34 I set out for Tibet, spending my 35th birthday in Beijing. This ignited the travel bug, for lack of a better word, and shifting travel plans ever since.

Shifting Plans
This past Spring Break, my wife and I originally decided we’d just stay in. We both had work piling up we could get caught up on while still enjoying a few relaxing days at home. As March came closer though, we shifted plans and started thinking about New Mexico, as it offers terrain and architecture foreign to my wife. We started looking into flights, routes to drive, and even requested information from their tourism board.

Then my wife’s work called her to Israel the week before Spring Break, which got me thinking: Why not join up in Amman and explore Jordan together? I figured that we can explore the States any time, but how often does one get to see Petra?

This is not a lone incident. Planning for next spring, for instance, began with talk of Ethiopia or Kenya, then Australia or New Zealand, and we’ve ended up with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in a decision to explore part of the Silk Road. Mind you, this was all in the planning stages, when ideas float around and we see what sticks (and for how long).

Shifting Goals
Within a few years of international travel, I not only started added up the countries, but also the continents. When I hit four, I thought: Why not try to hit all seven before turning 40? By 38, I was still single and up to five. I had a summer trip planned that was going to take me to Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand (a very expensive trip that I couldn’t really afford, but I was a man on a mission). That gave me two winters to get to Antarctica (another trip I really couldn’t afford, but I had time to save up). So far, so good.

Then I fell in love and my summer in Australia became a summer based out of London, where my future wife was living at the time. As I hadn’t seen this coming (and am by no means complaining), I shifted plans. While I still want to set foot on all seven continents, this could be a “lifetime goal.” The new plan was to hit 50 countries before turning 50. Nice symmetry with that plan. But I’m 42 and, if all goes according to plan (no pun intended), will be hitting country 50 next summer.

This prompted my wife to ask, “Then what?” I think she was hoping that I’d be done now that I’d actually reached one of my shifting goals. My response: “Hit the next 50.” Better start planning.