I’ve spent some time reflecting on my 14 months traveling through in Asia. Those months took me through 12 countries and gives me plenty to keep my mind occupied. There is still one question which is on my mind the most. What makes a grand adventure? After careful consideration, my answer is the people. The people are the difference between just seeing great structures and landscapes and having a fantastic adventure. Its the people that come to your rescue. Its the people that offer local advice. Its the people that invite you into there homes and cook you food, show you compassion. Quite honestly, people are always the answer.
In communities halfway around the world I’ve been welcomed and treated like family. People have gone far out of there way giving me their most precious gift. Their gift of time. The only gift I can offer in return is a Perpetual-moto-discovery.com sticker and maybe a photo or two. Both of those seem simple but one has a unique value. Unique in its ability to capture a moment. A moment that may never be able to be repeated again. A moment to change a person or families life by giving them the gift of immortality in a single image. We can never under estimate the value of a moment.
Using Photography | Making Moments
I’ve been using photography to break down barriers and give a secret look into the furthest most obscure communities around the world. I go to these locations seeking a true unfiltered version of culture. Of course I still hit the “must see” tourist locations, but along the way I try my best to go to places that people only talk about. When you get out of the “tourist trail” this is when you are greeted by a sense of wonder. People are quite curious by nature and will be very interested in you. Inevitably you will be presented an opportunity to engage with the community. I choose to engage through photography, and it is my gift to them in return.
In the US we often say, “Take a photo”. In other parts of the world they commonly say, “Make a photo”. I feel like make a photo is a much better description of the action. The moment that you capture can make a fantastic impact on the life of an individual or family. They may lack the resource to make that photo so when given the opportunity, I do it for them. I will often print the photos when I pass through a city and then return at a later point to present the printed photo to the family or individual. At other times people have enjoyed just having the digital copy. In either case these moments are precious not because of their monetary value but rather a value based on scarcity. Moments which are not likely to be repeated but are captured and shared concurrently by the people who make them possible.
Click HERE to see a short video I’ve made explaining my take on the value of a moment.
On the Horizon
In September I’ll be embarking on a multi-year journey to South America. Starting from Seattle I’ll be riding my motorcycle to South, once again heading into the wind. Working along side The Muskoka Foundation I’ll be seeking out these opportunities to make moments with those I meet on the road.