I was driving from LA to Vegas and instead of taking the usual direct I-15 route I took a slight detour through Mojave National Park…. Totally unplanned and no real time to shoot but I did manage a couple of snaps.
People often ask me why I spend so much of my free time in America…..and the answer is right here… because of places like these. To the the national parks of the US offer the most incredible variety of landscapes to enjoy. From mountains to valleys, forests to deserts. On this particular road trip I managed to briefly visit 4. Zion then Bryce, followed by Canyonlands, Arches and then finally a stop in Monument Valley, which is a Navajo equivalent of a NPS National Park.
It was a trip that saw incredible highs with beautiful scenery and desperate lows as I went off road and came frighteningly close to getting stuck miles from anywhere. i was only on the road for about a week and there was far too much to see to to really do it properly – but it has well and truly whet my appetite and I shall be back another day.
For years now, I’ve wanted to return to the Appalachians. I first visited the US when I was 13, when my family and I did an epic trip, stopping in about 6 different parts of the Eastern US. One of those stops was to visit some colleagues of my father who lived in a place called Ronceverte, West Virginia. That week, 27 years ago, was the moment that I knew that I wanted to spend much of my life in America.
For this trip I managed to work into the route, a drive by of the very house that spawned my love for the States. In numbers – it was 14 days, 2806 miles, over 60 hours driving across 8 different states and 19 finished photos. Definitely another epic trip.
As you may have seen from some of my previous posts, I’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel to some of the most incredible places on the planet. I never tire of visiting new places, but I do have a few favorites that I like to return to…and Yellowstone is one of them. The pictures below are from a trip I made a couple of years ago with a friend of mine. I didn’t really go specifically to take pictures, but I did manage to snap a few while we were there.
Yellowstone was only a small part of a larger road trip and 4 days was simply not enough, so whenever I get chance I’ll be back. It has such a variety of landscapes and despite it being a huge tourist attraction it never felt crowded. In fact I spent many hours sat out in the wilderness. Just me, my thoughts and my camera.
People often ask me how long I’ve been taking photos. About 10 years is the answer, but I didn’t start to take things seriously until 200,5 when I took a trip through a company called Light & Land, with some fellow photographers to the Canadian Rockies. It was roughly 10 days of living and breathing landscape photography, led by pro photographers David Ward and Clive Minnitt. I learned so much in that short period of time and it gave me a great foundation to build upon. I remember at the time being over the moon with some of the shots that I took. I look back at them now and maybe they weren’t quite as incredible as I thought, but still, they’re not too bad. I hope you like.
In the fall of last year, I had arranged to spend a week in Denver with a friend, but when their plans changed I decided that I would still head out to Colorado but do a road trip instead. Just me and my camera and 1004 miles.
I have come to truly love Colorado, and it’s incredible variety of landscapes. Mountains, sand dunes, rolling hills, and some of the most epic roads anywhere on the planet. I will be back.
Quite a few years back, 7 to be precise, I took a trip from one side of the US to the other with a good friend of mine, to visit various theme parks. I was big on coasters back then, now, not so much, but it was a great trip, not least because we got to visit some great vistas too. I was still a relative novice photographer back then, but I got some shots that I’m still happy with. From Cape Cod to Yosemite and more……enjoy!