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JOURNEYS

It all began with a small backpack, second-hand boots, my iPhone 4 and the road.

Almost unnoticeably, travelling became my way to challenge limits — a prompt to feed my curiosity and connect with people and stories beyond my comfort zone. 

These journeys — at once exhilarating and humbling, reassuring and provocative — these journeys have now taken me to over 45 countries in pursuit of adventure and something deeper within myself. Below you can find a series of personal but immersive diary entries sharing some of the more impactful tales and lessons learnt.

Kabul

Afghanistan

Aug  2014    text & stills

Refugee Trails

Lesvos - Calais

Sep  2015    text, stills, video

Iraq

Kurdistan

June  2016    text, stills, video

China

Jun  2015    text, stills

Guatemala

Jan  2015    text, stills

India's Lost Music

Jan  2016    text, stills, video
field notes
JOURNEYS

It all began with second-hand boots, my iPhone 4 and the road.

Almost unnoticeably, travelling became my drug, my way to challenge limits — a prompt to feed my curiosity and connect with people and stories beyond my comfort zone. 

The journeys that followed — at once exhilarating and humbling, reassuring and provocative — have now taken me to over 40 countries in pursuit of adventure and something deeper within myself. Many concurrently produced editorial and commercial multimedia work for clients.

Below you can find a series of personal but immersive diary entries sharing some of the more impactful tales and lessons learnt.

Kabul

Afghanistan

Drawn by its epic landscapes, tempestuous history and ongoing state of insecurity, Afghanistan long held a place of awe in my heart. At my first chance after University, I set off for Kabul and spent months exploring. I followed communities and stories that painted an unexpected and nuanced picture of a struggling modern-day capital. And in leaving, I found myself with lessons of everyday inspiration and resilience that challenged the very conflict-torn stereotypes I sought after.

Aug  2014    text & stills

Refugee Trails

Lesvos - Calais

In the summer of 2015 Europe saw one of the most significant influxes of refugees in its history. Civil war, terror and poverty plaguing the Middle East and Africa drove hundreds of thousands to flee from their homes. Even now, families and children continue to risk their lives following some of the most dangerous trails into Europe for the promise of a better life. I spent my summer following one path taken by refugees spanning six countries and 2,500 km. I wanted to know what it meant to be a refugee in Europe today.

Feb - Sep  2015    text, stills, video

Iraq

Kurdistan

Old as mankind, war holds a certain weight in history and human experience as definitive, and I gravitated towards this. The fighting in Iraq intensified from 2014-16 with the battle against ISIS becoming the latest chapter in our generation's grand fight with terrorism. Months earlier, I had seen how people had been driven to flee and all they were prepared to risk for the hope of safety. I had yet to witness what they were fleeing from, and what those who remained were fighting for.

June  2016    text, stills, video

Guatemala

Chronicling the precarious lives of teenagers growing up in Guatemala City's zona 18, 24 & 25 - seeking a new life, set apart from the shadow of gang violence.

41% of the city's booming 3.5 million population live within slums in these northern zones, stretched over steep, lush hills, acting as the battleground between the notorious Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street gangs. Such 'red zones' have developed throughout the city, known as dangerous, violence-ridden pockets where residents are extorted, outsiders unwelcome,  and police and press routinely targeted.

Jan  2015    text, stills

China

For years, China's pollution caused an estimated 3.5 million annual deaths. Winters saw a fetid smog trap Beijing under pollutants from the regions 200 coal-fired power plants where concentration levels hit 40 times what the World Health Organization deems safe. Beyond urban areas, disease rates in communities near chemical, pharmaceutical or power plants hit five times the national average.

In a time where the stakes for environmental conservation and industrial growth have never been higher, this project puts a human face on the true cost of pollution.

Jun 2013 - 2015    text, stills