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Argentina, a proud Country with a strong history. If there’s one word that could sum up the highlight of my stay in Argentina it would be… FOOD. The food is absolutely amazing, and people definitely fill the restaurants every night. Aside from the food, I found Argentina to be one of the most culturally rich Countries I’ve visited. This is especially true in Buenos Aires. Visiting the La Boca district (the home of the Tango), Puerto Madero, and Palermo Hollywood, it’s clear that Buenos Aires is also a city that never sleeps. With so much to see and do, why would it? To cap it all off, there is also an impressive cemetery in the heart of Buenos Aires you can visit, if you’re into dead people. Well, I’m not particularly fascinated by the departed, but the flight attendant absolutely insisted that I visit the Cementerio de la Recoleta. Since it was only a few blocks from my hotel, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I’m still not sure if it was worth the visit, but judging by the pictures in the gallery you can decide for yourselves and let me know! I can’t wait for my next visit to Argentina. Having seen the big city, I’m keen to find my way to the country side next time.
I spent a few short days in Antwerp, Belgium. The weather was wet, cold and miserable; exactly what I expected. Fortunately, this wet atmosphere provide for lots of character at night. After work, I walked around the Grote market where I was staying and had plenty of opportunities for great photographs. I hope you enjoy.
Colombia took me by surprise. It is the most underrated Country I have visited, and I look forward to returning one day soon. I visited Colombia in February of 2014. Prior to my arrival, I had to arrange for armed security detail to be with me during the entire trip. In 2014, Colombia is still considered a high-risk destination, and in fact several Countries have travel alerts for Colombia, including the UK and the USA. The fact is, I felt completely safe in Colombia despite going to some of the extremely rural areas in the Santander Department; one of the few remaining areas where Guerilla fighters are located. We did not face any security issues in the two weeks I was in the Country. From the modern cityscape of Medellin, to the Cartagena resorts on the Caribbean sea, the mountains of Bucaramanga, the valleys of Barranquilla, the remote villages of Villanueva, the purity of Neiva, and the fast pace of Bogota, Colombia had a lot of everything to offer. As has become expected in Latin America, the people were extremely friendly. My Spanish is non-existent, and thankfully most people in the cities were quite happy to speak English. Colombia has intense natural beauty. Cities like Medellin and Bucaramanga are built in valleys and extend onto the surrounding mountain ranges that rise thousands of meters in the air. The weather is spectacular and there is no bad time of the year to visit. These photographs only capture a fraction of the beauty I witnessed. I’m already looking forward to going back!
France, the Country of love… I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this Country on more than a couple occasions. Each time I visit, I find something different to love about this Country. Paris certainly has its charm, and I’ve tried to capture as much of this charm as possible in this gallery, but it’s also some of France’s lesser known cities such as Le Mans and Anecy that I find just as interesting. I find French cities to be particularly charming at night. Perhaps it’s the storied architecture, or the wet cobblestone streets that generate lovely reflections. Whatever the reason, I always find myself out shooting photos until the early hours of the morning. Enjoy the gallery, and make sure to find your way to France soon!
Greece, my mother land. Few Countries have as rich a history as Greece. Despite a tortured past and a catastrophic economic crisis, Greece is one of the most beautiful Countries in the world. It is a survivor. I had the pleasure of living there for 5 years, and it is where I met my lovely wife and started a family. I’m forever tied to Greece, and am fortunate to have this bond. During my 5 years living in Greece, I traveled throughout the Country and have captured only a small fraction its beauty in this photo gallery. In hindsight, I wish I had caught the photography bug much earlier in life. I only turned my passions to photography during my last year in the Country. I promise, as the years progress and I visit the Country more, this gallery will become bigger and better. You won’t see much of the amazing beaches, and that’s intentional, for Greece has much more to offer than crystal clear beaches and waterfront cafes. I hope you enjoy.
Indonesia feels like a Country from another era. With nearly 300 ethnic groups dispersed across its 17,000 islands, it is certainly a diverse Country with many different stories to tell. I first visited Indonesia in January 2013 for two weeks. During this time, I enjoyed the hospitality of the locals in East Java at Mount Bromo, an active volcano that is part of the Tengger Massif. What remains fresh in my mind from this experience is not the volcano, but the locals. The Indonesian people struck me as the kindest and friendliest people I have ever met, it was a real privilege to have spent time with them. It’s not often that one gets asked to sign books and pose for pictures merely because they are native English speakers! I enjoyed the luxury of expensive hotels and restaurants in Jakarta’s financial center. Here I realized how much potential foreign companies see in Indonesia. The Ritz hotel was packed with business people, and the shops around the business district were buzzing. In contrast to the sheen of the Ritz, I also walked around the slums of Jakarta and Surabaya. There are lots of them, and they are very difficult to witness. It is here that one can see first-hand the extent of inequality humans can experience within a few kilometers of each other. Atrocious conditions are commonplace like open-air sewers, amputees without basic medical support, corpses of cats and dogs floating in the street, and so on… Overall, Indonesia is a dynamic Country full of very kind and generous people. I look forward to returning soon, meeting more friendly locals, and enjoying the beautiful landscapes and history this Country offers.
The Pacific Northwest, where I come from. I grew up in Vancouver BC, and lived in Seattle for several years after University. I absolutely love going back. Both Vancouver and Seattle are such beautiful and modern cities. I consider myself very lucky to have lived in these cities. It’s nostalgic going back, but each visit reminds me that we can make big changes to our lives in order to add more colorful and enriching chapters to our biographies. Ultimately, these changes affect our character and define the people we grow up to become. Each visit also allows me to better appreciate the sacrifices my parents made when they first immigrated to Vancouver in the early 80s. That move was probably the biggest chapter in their biography and one heck of a chapter 1 for me . During my most recent trip (2011), I took my camera and tried to capture the cities to my best of my abilities. Next time I’m back, my kids will be older and I will endeavor to take even more exciting photos. I just hope I still remember how to get around the two cities! If you haven’t already done so, visit the Pacific Northwest and enjoy it for yourself.
Russia, as Winston Churchill once said, is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. When I first read this quote, I was confused. After visiting Russia, I can see how it makes sense. Russia gives me so many mixed feelings. It’s a proud Country, yet an oppressed Country. Throughout history it has been a conqueror, yet it feels like such a defeated land. People generally don’t show emotion, yet they are very kind and through the magic of vodka can be quite engaging. Also, despite very cold weather, women seem to always be out in short skirts! I was fortunate to be in Moscow on May 9, Victory Day. This is a huge celebration across Russia that marks the capitulation of the Germans to the Soviet Union in WWII. The term Parade is not really appropriate, it’s more of a memorial. The Russian’s do a spectacular job to commemorate the occasion. It’s amazing to see veterans walking down the street, not on a float or as a group behind a banner, but simply dressed in their military uniform and walking alone or with their loved ones. At times I felt like I was taken back to another era. The tradition is to give these veterans flowers in appreciation for their sacrifice and service. Everyone was giving flowers. What impressed me was how many young people were genuinely appreciating the moment. They were not out drinking, they were not dancing in the streets. No, most were offering flowers to the veterans and appreciating the moment. It’s a day that is truly special to Russians. I was fortunate to have my camera on me so that I could document this special moment. Upon leaving Russia, I felt a debt of gratitude. Up to 24 million Soviets died during WWII and they were the driving force behind the Nazi defeat. 24 MILLION… Any discussions about socialism vs capitalism seem trivial at best. Of course, I also had a chance to see the typical sites. I tried to capture these sites with a bit of a different angle, in order to provide a unique perspective. What’s missing from this gallery are pictures of the Moscow metro, a truly amazing feat of engineering. Unfortunately, photographs are not allowed of the metro; despite the enormous sacrifice Russia still does not provide it’s people the freedom they died for and so badly deserve.
My new home. In the short time that my family and I have been living in Switzerland, I’ve been amazed at the diversity of this Country, and the endless opportunities that exist for fantastic photography. Surprisingly, Switzerland defines itself as the land of water (as opposed to mountains, cheese, or yodeling). But it’s true that water, in its many forms including lakes, glaciers, mist, and steam, is what defines so much of the beautiful Swiss landscapes. I’ve tried to capture such beauty within this Gallery, and I hope you enjoy the majestic landscapes of Switzerland.