Who is This Guy?
I would much rather browse photos than read articles. I don’t really even like video that much. I prefer a picture. It’s more like a book. Okay, now I just sound crazy right?
I get to read a book and imagine how the people look and what their voice sounds like and what they care about and do with their free time – I project my own reality into their story as I read it. The same is true of a still image. I project my own experiences into that image as I look at it. Maybe I remember having been there, or that I’ve never been there and I want to go, or it might remind me of another place and time altogether. These are the reasons we print and hang photos in our homes; nevermind the conversation about whether you call it art or not. Anything that jumpstarts my imagination is right up my alley. Give me a picture; that’s a good place to start.
I did several years of client work in studio & commercial projects before I discovered travel photography. A couple of years into travel photography, I started Intentionally Lost to combine my passions for seeing the world through cycling & photography; and to experience the world with like-minded adventure travelers.
My projects now focus on photography as art. I'm always looking for artistic rather than literal photos. I consult with corporate clients to decorate their spaces with artworks from their own employees. If you're a business; you might want to consider my Employee Art Program to display works from your own employees.
Intentionally Lost? When I travel, I plan time to let my curiosity take me to places I never researched or intended to visit before I got off the plane. Being lost means you will discover things about the place that you didn’t know were there, and you will probably discover things about yourself that you didn’t know were there. Being Lost is an opportunity to be somebody you didn’t know you could be. That’s what I’m going for when I travel, and it is equally as useful to apply that to a creative process. No matter how long you have been practicing your craft, aspire to the state of the beginner. – your skills and experience will still guide you, but attempt to look at every scene as if you’ve never seen anything like it before.
Cycling Tour Combined with Photography Workshop? What?
I like to experience a place from a bike seat. I also like to experience the world through photography. Cycling and photography bring me closer to a place by making me more aware, and making me participate in what I'm seeing. I wanted to take a bicycle vacation designed for photographers. As far as I can tell, they don't exist so I've rolled my own. This is not a big business affair where I organize logistics and then wish you happy travels. I plan and ride on each trip with you.
Working with local operators in each country is incredibly important to me. The tour operators aren't just there to support the ride. They are ambassadors to initiate us to their part of the world as well. These people are often a highlight of the locations we visit just as much as the rides and photography are.
In this golden age of good inexpensive digital cameras, the barriers to entry are low and getting started is easy. Everyone is a photographer. I actually believe that. Okay; so, now what? Will photography and art separate itself from those who are only practicing visual literacy? (more on that as soon as I write that thesis statement).
There is a huge difference between a snapshot taken with your phone and a purposefully composed image, and a lot of tech and social and artistic endeavor that comes along with it all. So why do we practice photography? Lessons Learned man, lessons learned.
If you have an audience that would find my bike tours and stories interesting, I do enjoy doing guest post articles and podcasts. Check out the press kit for some sample materials and interviews or just send me a message here and let's talk.