I received my first camera as a gift in 2001; an old Canon DSLR with a Burgundy leather neck strap. I fell in love with photography, mostly shooting images of my younger brother or the countryside around my hometown in Manchester. I’ve been capturing images ever since.
I’m documenting my hiking, climbing, running, van life, writing, travel and photography adventures over on my YouTube channel.
I’m never more than three feet away from a journal. Nestled safely in the side netting of our camper van, crumpled at the bottom of my hiking rucksack and lining the drawers of my office desk lie dozens of pages of scrawled notes and half finished journal entries. Some make it, and here they are.
I find the best plans are often the ones you make quickly, with barely enough time to sling your pack into the van and only the vaguest idea of a destination. A couple of weekends ago, we packed up the van and headed out into the countryside on a sub-zero Friday...
A year on, I’m revisiting my 2018 resolutions, reflecting on my achievements and squaring up to the things I didn’t do.
Is seeking validation from those I know and those I don’t damaging my self-perception? Have I begun to confuse my online self with the me I more often am?