how are you affording your travels? why did you live in nyc? did you move to the us from the uk?
I get a lot of questions like this; some of them are inspired, curious, others are more arrogantly presumptuous or downright rude, some just befuddled. Here it is:
Born in England, I am a freelance photographer and director of social media for a company based in LA. Freelancing and touring has allowed me to make a life for myself on the road and in many cities- Austin, Portland, definitely New York City. For the past couple years, I have been working on a degree in Sustainability and Sociology at ASU, all while freelancing, working a full time job in Phoenix, and opening and running my first gallery- Gallery Parallax on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. I finished my degree and closed my business last May to spend the summer working on farms in Europe and photographing my journey throughout. I then traveled around the US for the remainder of the year pursuing projects and working freelance photography gigs. Starting this year, I work full time as an associate producer at Vice’s new office in Venice, CA. Though I still travel at the weekends, it is likely that soon, I will bring my life from a storage unit back to Los Angeles for the foreseeable future.
People often assume because I travel so much that someone, somewhere is footing the bill. That someone is me- I am very good at saving money and pay for my endeavors, my equipment, my car, my degrees, ALL of it- myself. Everything I have had or done in my life I have worked very hard for and I cherish those experiences and opportunities. I urge anyone with the travel bug to start planning their next great adventure. It may seem effortless in photos, but it’s actually the product of careful planning. Once I’m on the road, I’m free to go where I like, but I never under prepare or underfund a trip. Feel free to reach out of you need any advice- I’ll start answering these questions more often from now on ;)