SMALLEST SLICE OF PARADISE

Moni Island, Aegina

The tiny island off the coast of Aegina, beautiful, secluded, inhabited by peacocks and deer. Although I didn’t manage to get any pictures of the deer or the peacocks… by the time we went looking for the deer they were gone. I also asumed chasing the peacocks with a camera is never a good look.
On the highest peak there is a world war 2 bunker, that is now long abandon. You can only imagine the contrast of how things used to be while it was occupied to how things are now.

The start of the day we took a tiny fishing boat over to the tiny dock. Before it got to hot my Albanian friend and I climbed to the top to get a view of the ocean. After a quick hike down, things only got better with a refreshing dip in some pristine ocean water. 

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NO CARS, NO WORRIES!

16 July 2015
Hydra (Idra) Nisi, Greece

3 days of no cars, no stress, no pollution on a tiny island called Hydra!
The only method of travel is donkeys and your feet! We never actually used the donkeys, so after walking thousands of stairs that are ultra polished from centuries of use, my legs now feel like are made of steel. The structured chaotic mazes of street are perfect to get lost in, but getting lost you find so much more. Some of the most picturesque weaving winding paths I have ever seen.
The only thing you really loose is time but you discover some amazing scenery.

The area of town is built around a beautiful harbour with some of the most pristine water in the middle. So tempting to rip off all your clothes and jump into the water naked in the centre of town.

Pretty much all houses look so stereotypical Greek pristine white topped off with a orange terracotta roof. The houses are so close to the pathway, you can see straight though into everyone's living space. Not only that the aromas drifting the through the street from the home cooked meals is so tantalising, only to be ruined by the smell of donkey shit.
Then masking the smell of the horse trails you get a whiff of some beautiful flowers that line the streets.
The warm air constantly blows even through the night. There is only a tiny window of daylight, where it is not to hot to go outside and that's right on sunrise and sunset!

Poor Andrea got my flu and spent the whole time sniffling and coughing. Pretty much the worst part about traveling is getting sick, almost every trip it is inevitable getting sick to some degree.
Anyway life goes on! And what a better way to spend having a flu by the ocean basking in the sun!
No matter how much you cover up and lather your self up with sunscreen you will get burned. Those freckles and wrinkles are o so worth it. The ocean water is so unbelievably clear and transparent, I'm certainly thinking hard about the term that Australia has some of the best beaches in the world, there is definitely some competition!

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YASOU AEGINA

8 July 2015
Aegina, Nisi, Greece

Greece, pictures and words are not enough to describe the magic of this place. People talk about how nice it is and how good it is, it is not until you get here and feel it for yourself. The air, the smells, the sounds, pleasant 25-30 degrees, THE FOOD! a complete immersion into a different culture... Pure bliss...

We are staying on a tiny island about an hour ferry trip from Athens at my girlfriends Yia Yias (grandma) house. The perfect sized home built brick by brick overlooking the ocean and there pistachios farm. 
The local streets are full of life long friends, family and relatives. Quite often they just pop over to say yasou (hello) or for a bite to eat.
So far the Greeks are some of the most generous people I have ever met, they have opened there homes and hearts to a smelly Australian, people I have bearly met treat me like family! 

Driving down the back roads makes you bite your bottom lip in angst, just big enough to fit 1 car with scrape marks up the walls from the car mirrors is defiantly eye opening.

The water of the mediterranean is breath taking, the concept of being able to swim as far as you can sea and not worry about sharks is insane, compared to Australia where you have the underlying thought of the jaws music play in your head.

Each sunset is better then the last, turning more red and orange with each passing second...
So far we have spent each sunset overlooking the ocean with my girlfriends cousins and relatives at one of the mot beautiful home I have ever seen. Enjoying the amazing food drinks. I think it is safe to say life is most defiantly gooooooooood! 

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A NEW CHAPTER

28 June 2015
Bass Point Reserve, Shell Cove, NSW

I quite my job, I moved out, I got rid of all of my personal belongings, I got a 2 year working visa for the UK and most dangerous thing is I have no money... To win in life you have to gamble a little, or a lot. You can't have an adventure without a little drama involved!
In a way things are starting to look up! I'm about to embark on a life changing adventure through one of the most culture enriched continents in the world! 

Alone...
Not going to lie, Im shitting my pants... I have no clue what to expect, all of the thoughts and ideas I build up in my head never match up.
The smell of the ocean, the food, the people, the weather?
Who knows what will happen, only time will tell!

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GOOD EGGS

Saturday, 2 June 2015
Hornsby, Sydney, New South Wales

Good times, good locations and a good old healthy dose of leeches! 

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THE HILLS

Sunday, 14 June 2015
Brindabella Mountain, Brindabella, New South Wales

Once a month I have to disconnect from the social reality, and connect with the authentic reality of nature, otherwise my conscious cannot concentrate on everyday tasks, reality begins to feels as though boxes are stacked upon each other, ready to fall at any moment. That point when you step out of the car and the fresh mountin air rushes into your lungs and the sun hits your skin, its like a drug. To feel insignificant makes you feel significant. 

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COWS AND COCONUTS

15 September 2011
Espiritu Santo, Sanma Province, Vanuatu

Slowly as the leaves change colour and the weather begins to get colder, I delve into my archives of photos, exploring the memories of warmth and summer to take my mind off the harsh bitter reality of Canberra’s winter.

This selection is one of my first photographic journeys, in the midst of studying my first year of photography learning how correctly operate a camera. I set off with my 50mm for my fresh new adventure to Vanuatu! This
being my first time to the pacific islands I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, all I knew was it was going to be good.
The most profound thing I learnt on the trip was lighting! Every country has different lighting, even the colour balance. 

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It is interesting how our preferences change, from how I used to shoot to how I do now is remarkable. If I were to go back, I would have shot my whole time completely differently. But that’s life, moving on a developing and becoming a better photographer! It is good to reminisce from where you came from!

TIME

9 April 2015
Griffith, Australian Capital Territory

Discovering places that were once loved, Cherished and called home. 

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TRUE ADVENTURER

28 August 2015
Red Hill, Australian Capital Territory

Lulu, words can not describe... This pint sized pooch has such a huge hold on my heart. Being such a small dog it is insane how much love she can give. She is one of the most beautiful gentle creatures I have ever met. Anyone who has came across her knows this (apart from the little children and complete strangers she has attacked and made cry haha) But never the less, the joy she brings to people is so much more important! 

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LOCATION

13 March 2015
Belconnen, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Photography for me is finding the right place at the right time. You will never be able to find the perfect place to shoot if you sit inside all day looking at a computer screen! 

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COASTAL

25 January 2015
Kiama, New South Wales

Sunrise over the sea, with a few buckets of rain.

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