Having spent 19 years jumping through the hoops of academia, which culminated in a work placement at a genetics lab in California and a Microbiology lab in Leeds, the urge to rekindle the creative spark of earlier years could no longer be ignored.
For all the benefits bestowed, the rigid framework underlining academic approaches did a great job in quelling the innovative states of mind I considered to be of greatest value. Institutionalized academia appeared to effectively harness the mind to a narrow spit of intellectual ground amidst an ocean of potential for creativity. All the trappings of an intellective ego, overly-conditioned by deep-rooted scholastic dogma were evident. However, now the free spirited child within had a burning desire to traverse the ocean, plummet haphazardly into its fathomless depths and muzzle the academic pedigree.
The allure of exploring the multifaceted perpetuations of Nature, culture and sensory curiosities has carried me to many countries, over many continents in the world. More often than not, I travel alone. The vulnerability of solitary travel sharpens ones senses, with bizarre encounters becoming commonplace. I also find myself drawn towards the more remote areas, where the impact of mankind is less pronounced and the wonderment of Nature can be appreciated in its full glory. It was during my travels in India, with its rich cultural heritage, vivid spirituality and epic landscapes that I became fascinated by the possibilities of photography.