The Creative Travel & Beyond

Nothing compares to my recent trip to South Africa in March 2019.  

It inspires my creative path significantly as i begin my own journey with the camera – Three weeks before my trip i decided to bite the bullet, do some serious research to find a camera i could use, comfortably, creatively and to be able to explore some deeper learnings of movement with it.  

I have had many “moments” of using other peoples cameras over the years and seeing the amazing work of others, which i’m grateful for the experiences and learning so much through my camera partners and partnerships …

The urge to have a go myself, became so passionate that i finally saw it, loud and clear – Do it and make it my creative investment.  I walked out of the camera shop, absolutely beaming with excitement – but also a little nervous that I had bought something seemingly complex and heavy to cart around on my travels.  

Prior to my trip I spent every waking moment thinking about the camera, studying manuals, asking typical questions to those the knew answers – but mostly I used it, pressed buttons, made up little activities with my cat, moved myself with the camera in as many variations as i could.  

Finally there I was – in the middle of a safari at Kruger National Park – bouncing around with the camera around my neck …  I very quickly cottoned onto a few tips, as no animal was going to stand still and wait for me to focus and gear up my hand to act – so i soon learned to relate to my camera, unite with it in what ever style, way it took in that WONDERFUL moment of CAPTURE …  

I also worked on the idea to have other bodies as human tripods – my travel buddy Jo T became an amazing expert at allowing me to use her shoulder as a chin support while i used my hand to shift her hand from side to side.

In between my camera moments of capture, I became obsessed with body movements and using various body parts to help me get the view, perspective of the animal or that landscape.  

There were many feelings attached, emotions that sprung on giggles and tears of joys …  

Being absorbed by nature, the music of the birds, trees in the breeze and the safari truck hopping in its stop start way … the smell of the elephants and being in the presence, oddly gave me a sense of pride and confident in myself …

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