About

At a very young age, I was fascinated by my father’s stories of traveling as a photographer in the military.  He taught me how to see things from the journalist’s perspective and he taught me how to find, compose capture and develop my photography on his old “F series” Nikon bodies. These were great cameras.  But once digital technology hit the scene I knew that I was going to finally be able to start developing my own style.

Uros Islands, Puno, Peru, 2007

I always saw world travel and photojournalism as quite a good fit.  So when I got the chance to do it myself, I put photography back at the forefront of my life and it really took off form there. In college I got a degree in journalism with an focus on photography and on every semester break I would take off to a new country and test out what I had learned in my classes.  I would write and take photos of what I hoped would turn out to be the insider’s perspective on a new culture in a new place.  I tried to capture an element of native flare in all my work and hoped to tie into my writing the ideas and issues that face the locals of those communities.

Since 2005, I have been riding my bike and traveling around the world — constantly chasing after that same point of view; capturing it through my journals.  And in my photography, I am chasing after that “slice of life” piece that captures a story surrounding its subject.  I like having my photos be able to stand alone without the need for the back story.  But as a writer, I just can’t help but to actually tell the story along with all my work.  I get so much more satisfaction and fulfillment out of bringing the real details of the shot into the limelight.  The time, the place, the remarkable events leading up to that shot — in

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Ifugao, Philippines, 2011

some cases, even the shot specs: the exposure, the aperture, the ISO and so on.  See my online gallery of photography here.

All told, my travels have taken me through Canada, Alaska, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines, Borneo, Brunei Darussalem, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau and all over the U.S.  I have ridden my bike more than 14,000 miles in pursuit of this broadening horizon.  And I don’t see a stopping point any time soon.

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Sentosa Island, Singapore, 2013

In fact, since 2005, I’ve researched historical locations; lived with indigenous hill tribes in northern Vietnam; studied ancient temples in Cambodia, made short and feature length documentary films in the U.S., Philippines, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau; published 12 non-fiction books; and produced more than 75,000 images across 68 galleries in my catalog of photography.

And because of my new exploits into videography, I have produced four feature length documentary films and a brand new label, the Travel Geek.  My first film, Travel Geek: Documentary Philippines aired on Fil/Am TV Channel 31 Los Angeles throughout 2012, and has a regular cycle in 2013.  My documentary covering Hong Kong & Macau has been a huge success on YouTube.  And my film, Travel Geek: Documentary Taiwan is my longest and most dedicated documentary to date, covering 9 months of filming, 70 hours of footage and 114 GB of data edited down over nearly 3 months.

Already this year (2013), I have released my fourth film, Travel Geek: 1Documentary Singapore, which has landed me a spot on IMDB.com, the world’s most prestigious movie database.  And by the end of this year I will be releasing my fifth and most anticipated film so far, Travel Geek: Documentary Malaysia.  In it, I will be covering the crown of Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia and Brunei.  It will be released in a three-part series and should be available around the end of the year.

So stay tuned for more great stories from all over the globe.  And be sure to visit the Contact page to touch base, send suggestions and see what else I am doing on the web (YouTube, Facebook, etc.).

Not all who wander are lost, I once read.  For me, the quest is the journey.

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19 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Cyle, I’m Kathleen. Met you at Foster’s the other day with my boyfriend Jon. Thought I’d check out your blog. It is absolutely amazing. Great pics, great stories. I happened to have started my own blog as well not long ago to document our experience here in Asia. Of course, my blog looks so plain in comparison, but we all have to start somewhere, right? Please send our greatings to Danielle. Take care guys!

    • Thanks for the comments! I am actually in Korea at the moment, so more blog info is on the way. But I will be sure to check out your wordpress and will pass along your greetings to Dani. All the Best!!

    • Ah, so I read the blog… er, maybe I should say that I tried to use what little French I still have to read the blog. And though I am sure the words are fascinating and amazing for all travel enthusiasts, what I can surely say is that the photos and expressions therein are really telling of the fun you two are having together gallivanting the globe. So keep up the good work! And thanks for sharing.

  2. You have showcased a very beautifully done set of pieces. I admire your spirit and sense of adventure. Coupled with amazing photography and superb writing skills, you are well on your way to greatness my friend! Thank you for sharing it with us all!

    -Onelifethislife

    • Whoah. Yer gonna make me blush there!

      I’ve checked out the cherry blossom gallery you have. That’s very nice as well. I have always wanted to take a dedicated trip to the Korean or Japanese gardens in the traditional villages and see them as they have been tended for centuries in their full season. That would be a great macro photography expedition, I think.

      Thanks again for stopping by! I will be sure to follow your blog and send people your way.

  3. Wow, cool blog! We cycled through Tuscany a year or so ago and it almost killed me! Well not really, but it was challenging. Could not have been more fun or a better way to see the country, so I envy you your cycling travels around the world.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    great weekend..
    elisa

  4. Thanks for the follow over on my blog so that I could meet you. I love your photography, stories, and videos; this will be a fun blog to follow and travel along with you.

      • You drive a hard bargain. I just listened to the link you posted on podcast 4. I think this would be fun; I’d have to think of an angle of some kind. My travel has been pretty limited in comparison, but I am on the cusp of changing that. I am retiring at the end of this coming November (does it come across in my blog that I’m 65?) and starting out with another trip to Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Prior to that I’m heading to Las Vegas, and then my old hometown of San Antonio, Texas for a few days. It’s only the beginning. Let me know what you think.

      • No worries, this sounds great! It would be a great theme to talk about how people can travel after the woes of working. We could do a library of podcasts on that theme. So we can definitely hammer away at what insights you’ll be using as you make your plans! Shoot me an email and we’ll go over the details.

        cyle@cyleodonnell.com

        Looking forward to a great conversation!

  5. Hi cyle been viewing your adventures in asia amazing !!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait for more i
    lived in singapore for 17 years and been all over malaysia and indonesia bali is a way out place happy forthcomming travels cant wait to see them on ur website all the best mate

    Neil
    living in the UK

    • Thanks for the note. Singapore and Indonesia are pretty cool places. I’ll be releasing the films that I have completed in the spring throughout the year. These include North Borneo, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. And I hope to finish Southern Borneo (Kalimantan), Indonesia’s big islands and East Timor Leste in November. So there’s plenty coming!

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