Tomorrow afternoon, July 5th (my 42nd birthday), our family embarks on a grand adventure. For the next 13 months, Noemi, Kara, Tristan, and I will be traveling around the world. While the details will largely be worked out on the road, the basic plan is 5 months in South America, 1 month in the South Pacific, 4 months in Asia, and 3 months in Europe. Our first stop, Peru!
It sounds like fun, but what is the bigger picture? Why are we doing this? There are a couple of answers to that question. As a family:
- We want to experience firsthand the diversity of people, places, and cultures that share this planet.
- We want to introduce our children to the idea that while people in other countries might be different, we also share many things in common and can learn from each other. We want our children to understand that differences should not be feared, but welcomed as opportunities to exchange ideas.
- We want to gain a better understanding, as a family, about the balance between needs and wants.
I also have a few personal goals as a photographer.
- I want to fall in love with photography again. While I certainly enjoy photography, I feel that I have gotten into a bit of a rut with the types of images I take. This trip provides a unique opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and explore photography from a fresh perspective.
- I want to emphasize photographic vision over photographic equipment. As photographers, we tend to get caught up in the equipment while forgetting about the creative side of photography. On this trip, I am taking a minimal amount of equipment (details coming soon) and seeing what I can do with a minimalist kit.
During our lives, opportunities present themselves that require a leap of faith. This trip is one of ours. There are so many unknowns about this trip and what we will be doing on any given day. How will it change us? Stay tuned to see how it turns out (we are a little curious ourselves).