On leaving an old life behind, and starting anew somewhere else

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

Running from a problem never solved anything. Or so they say. The maxim probably holds true most of the time, but, as they also say, there are exceptions to every rule. Sometimes you simply have to get up, and get out of a situation.

It might look like running, but to some, it is a solution. Some problems cannot be solved, some people cannot be reasoned with. But is jetting off into the unknown really the answer? Wouldn’t that just give rise to a whole set of new worries?

Possibly. But they may only be temporary. In any event, it hasn’t stopped people trying. People have uprooted themselves, for whatever reason, from one life, and succeeded in establishing themselves, often alone, somewhere else.

In Prague, everything from the street signs to the grocery shops felt alien. Sarah kept a low profile for the first few weeks: holed up with a book, rarely leaving the flat alone, eating takeaway from the KFC downstairs. But before long she found a babysitting job that paid cash-in-hand, giving her the confidence to explore the city and pick up the language. By the time her three-month tourist visa expired, she felt happier than she’d ever been and decided to stay on illegally.

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When you spend twenty-fours riding the London Underground

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

London based photographer Tarik Ahmet recently spent twenty-four hours travelling about the English capital on the Tube, or the underground mass transit system. The first photos of the series were taken at Balham station, a suburb in the south of London where I used to live.

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Astray to the spacedge, a road trip in outer space

Friday, 23 December, 2016

A group of bikers go on a road trip with a difference… a short film by Paris based motion designer Morgan Matyjasik.

The question though, is this a short film, or a trailer?

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Tour the Himalayas by motorcycle, take great photos along the way

Thursday, 15 December, 2016

Photo by Ladakh Motorides

Ladakh Motorides is a travel company that conducts tours of the Himalayas region by motorcycle. Needless to say they are well placed to take some great photos of the area.

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Melbourne based documentary photographer Hoda Afshar

Tuesday, 6 December, 2016

Photo by Hoda Afshar

Hoda Afshar is a Melbourne based visual artist, and documentary photographer, who originally hails from Tehran, Iran. Her work has been exhibited both in Australia, and internationally, and you can see more of it here.

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Photos from way beyond the office cubicle by Tirthankar Gupta

Monday, 28 November, 2016

Photo by Tirthankar Gupta

I doubt that Kolkata based cubicle worker Tirthankar Gupta will be working in a cubicle for much longer. Not if his stunning photographs, that are taken in and around India, are anything to go by.

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“On His Own” by Pawel Franik. A little alone time is a good thing

Monday, 21 November, 2016

Photography by Pawel Franik

On His Own, a series of photos by Warsaw based photographer Pawel Franik, certainly highlights our insignificance upon this planet. Yet Franik is not so much trying to make a statement about loneliness as a social problem though, rather it is his view that we all need to spend a little time by ourselves, to pause and reflect. Yes, I can go for that.

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Anze Osterman’s Arctic Circle, not all ice sheets and endless nights

Friday, 18 November, 2016

Photo by Anze Osterman

Say the words Arctic Circle, and most people probably have visions of ice sheets, and nights that last for months. How fortunate we are then to have access to the work of people like Slovenia based photojournalist Anze Osterman, whose images, for his North To Nowhere collection, present a far more varied world than that of our impressions.

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Photos of out of the way places, and the wanderlust they invoke

Tuesday, 15 November, 2016

Photography by Bishnu Pokhrel

California based Nepalese photographer Bishnu Pokhrel invokes a sense of wanderlust, and a desire to visit quiet places far from the beaten track, through his images of travels across the US. More work can be seen on his 500px page.

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Flying over Iceland, for a second time, by Yannick Calonge

Wednesday, 9 November, 2016

Flying over Iceland (Part. II), by French filmmaker Yannick Calonge. I don’t need to tell you how stunning the scenery will be, do I? An ethereal soundtrack, In Exile, by Australian musician Lisa Gerard, rounds this clip out nicely.

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