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.
Almost unnoticeably, travelling became my addiction, a way to challenge limits and feed my curiosity; to connect with people and stories beyond my comfort zone.
The projects that followed — at once exhilarating and reassuring, humbling and provocative — have taken me to over 50 countries and led to the creation of television series, short films, diverse commercial assignments and bodies of personal visual work.
Below are some immersive diary entries sharing glimpses from these adventures and the pursuit of something deeper within myself.
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.→
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.
India is famous for diversity. Across the country's 29 states, over 500 dialects are spoken, over 800 million reside in booming mega-cities, and rural enclaves are home to over 2000 tribes. Yet, this reality is fast changing. As rural youth begin pouring to urban areas, village economies and lifestyles become obsolete and many of India's rarer traditions risk being lost in the shuffle. This project documents the rarest of fading tribes and artists across the sub-continent as a testament to their spirit and skill and serving as a document of an India unseen by some and never to be seen by many.
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.→
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.
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.