...Looking back last two years, my life really has been about sharpening skills. My travel, outdoor, photography and storytelling skills. Working on relationship with my amazing girl. Doing the work. Building foundations for good career (hopefully) to come one day
Walking those 1700 kilometres (1000 miles) across spain’s pyrenees mountain range from mediterranean sea to atlantic ocean is not (in my eyes) some say..grand adventure. It’s not climbing Meru. It’s not crossing north pole- It doesn’t sound that impressive I don’t think anyone would sponsor such trip. But.. it’s something. Something totally adequate to the level of where we are as a couple of (as we call ourselves sometimes) "adventure artists”. That being said:
I shot a lot of photos during this trip. everything with my trusty Fuji X100T camera which is still going strong (except for some viewfinder problems) considering the fact that this camera is dangling on my side everyday, rain or shine for months (I would say I’m a power user)- this camera is a champ and it’s a beast. Here’s how it look like on the end
More and more I’m finding myself wishing to have a little longer reach, maybe some nice zoom and nicer video - I’ll probably try my luck and shoot an email to people at fujifilm- maybe they’ll be up for some deal, we’ll see. (edit: yeah, nah, they weren't) I edited all images on the go on my iPhone and the whole trip we we’re powered by solar panels which is something that I’m really excited about as the solar energy is just a truly fascinating technology.
As far as my approach to photography: I enjoy the luxury (or need) of constant evolution- right now I would say I’m still trying to juggle how pretty the images are and how really real they are (feel). My struggle with most outdoor adventure images I see (especially on instagram) is that they simply doesn’t feel real enough to me. They are pretty, sure, but I don’t know- my life isn’t as pretty and I don’t really believe anyone else’s is. I obviously want them nice enough so you would at least look at them /someone would pay money for them but I want them little dirty. I want them to smell a little bit, reflect my life, you know? Because, let’s be honest: I shoot them for me. I want to one day go back to them a think “hey that was fun/sucked/what a life that was”. But I’m still learning it, after six years, still learning how to put multiple layers to an image (visually and story-wise) and still trying to find out if those pictures can make me rich. They can. Not financially as it seems so far.
Anyways, I think I’ll let photos do the talking for now. I was pretty much struggling with how to do the edit and then I choose to tell this in somehow chronological order so you get a better idea of the scale of such thing: from sea where we started with our friends (and some of my favourite peoples on the planet) Miguel&Anna all the way to atlantic where we finished alone just with Carol. We pretty much followed the idea of GR11/HRP path, but we did a plenty of tweaks to do it “more remote” as GR11 is designed to basically be 45 day hikes between huts&refuges, we did it more like 6-12 days stretches between resupplies. And the whole think took as four months. Looking back, they are probably more sensible way how to spend four months than walking everyday. But damn, do I love it more than anything else. Just roam the planet and create stuff along the way. Finding my place and purpose here.
Ok, now please enjoy the journey I tried to re-created with these photos. Enjoy the freedom, determination and love for this beautiful planet that I try to put into them.
Yeah, so that’s about it. 4 months later. I Hope you got the idea about the whole experience.
When I was planning for this, I was looking around the web and found plenty of practical information a post much more detailed and better written than this one, still: if you have any question about this whole thing- ask in comments/shoots me an email & I’ll do my best to help but honestly, I suck when it comes to planning: I thought it will be around 800kilometers and take us two months. It was twice that. So..you know what? Maybe go somewhere else for practical informations :)
Ok, I think that's all for now, I better go. Maybe cross some other mountain range.
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