2010 in Retrospect, What now?

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2010 started hesitantly, a relationship came to an end, I was bored of working in an office for the same large company I had given 6 years of my life to. All the years were starting to blur in to one. I brought a one way ticket to Melbourne saying I’d work the rest out when I got there, escaping the 9-5 rat race for a while, and re-establish/remember what it is I really enjoy.

2010 is up there with some of the best years of my life, it’s been a whirlwind and flown by. Here are a few of my highlights….

Fraser Island

The worlds biggest sand island. I was followed by Dingos, lost the 4×4 keys, swam in lakes, ran down sand dunes, watched the sunrise.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Whitsunday Islands

Sailing on Apollo a maxi racing yaht. I spent my 25th birthday drinking champagne and eating strawberries on Whitehaven beach, scuba diving on the Great Barrier reef, swam with turtles and met Nemo and his friends.

Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands

Sky Diving Mission Beach

Jumping out of a plane at 14,000 ft attached to some guy I’d just met. So much fun, I’d do it again.

Sky Diving Mission Beach

Cape Tribulation

Where the rain forest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Skinny dipping at night in Crocodile waters (Ooops!), dealings with the police, bad hostels and no sleep.

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

Sydney

Living and working in one of the worlds top 10 livable cities. Meeting up with long lost friends, making new friends, finding a beautiful girl, partying all night in Kings Cross, Beach life and Billabong gardens hostel.

Me in front of Sydney Harbour

Me in front of Sydney Harbour

What now?

Newport beach, New years day.

New Years Day

New Years Day

My time in Sydney is coming to an end. On the 28th January I will be entering the 3rd and final stage of my first year in Australia. I have booked a flight to Tasmania where I will be working on a herbal tea farm for 3 months to get the paperwork I need for a second working holiday visa. There is a requirement by the government that you must complete 88 days of regional work while you are on your first working holiday visa. My time scale is really tight with only 2 days spare to leave the country before my first visa expires, so I won’t be able to roll in to my second years visa right away, I will need to leave the country.

I plan to go to south east Asia for 3 months. With just a couple of thousand dollars and no return ticket my trip is going to on a shoestring. I plan fly in to Singapore, catch the train through Malaysia in to southern Thailand work my way up to Bangkok, across to Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao. I was hoping to end it with a holiday in Fiji but looking at my budget it could be a bit far fetched. All going well I will then fly back in to Australia or head to New Zealand.

Photography

I’ve shot approximately 60 rolls of film, developed 30 and scanned only 2. So I’ve seen 72 of the 2160 frames. I doubt I will scan or develop anymore of what I have until I settle somewhere for more than a couple of months. The cost of studio hire here is very expensive and when I eventually get the time and the equipment it will be very nice to look back on those photo’s I’d forgotten I’d taken.

My photos have been displayed in 3 exhibitions in Bristol, An Open Theme from Second Look, FlickLgrapique and Phone-ography.

This year I hope to take more pictures, particularly black and white candid portraits. I have the idea of buying 30 rolls of Kodak Tri-X and working my way though them. I should really buy some film, I only have 1 roll left!

A few of my favorite shots taken this year on the Hipstamatic iPhone application…

From Brighton looking at Melbourne CBD

From Brighton looking at Melbourne CBD

Wolloomooloo, Sydney

Wolloomooloo, Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Design

I’ve designed and new logo, colour palette and layout for this website/business cards etc, I’m around 50% through coding the wordpress template. I’ll try to get it finished before I go farming, but don’t hold me to it.

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Happy new year!

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3 Responses to “2010 in Retrospect, What now?”

  1. Tracy

    Hey Dan..
    I read the whole of this with a huge cheesy grin on my face, you sound like you are having a long overdue and richly deserved FANtastic time! Go you! South East Asia really is amazing, doing it on a shoestring is absolutely the only way to do it anyway. Here’s wishing 2011 is at least as great, if not even better. You and your photography are only going one way….and that is UP!

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  2. Gillys

    I’m with you every step of the way – or I wish I was. Photos are awesome. Travel plans are my dreams……..more input please. Miss you.

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