Oh, how I have missed you all these past two years. And also missed journalism. And traveling. And making neat, little travel shorts. I think the last time I actually sat down and wrote a blog was before I went back to the states in 2014 to start my latest of two graduate degrees – a terminal master’s in Intermedia, at the University of Maine.
It’s been a whirlwind adventure with plenty of ups and downs and lessons big and small. I am proud to announce that I have completed all of my coursework and have actually been offered a full time professorship at UMO’s sister campus, the American University in Bulgaria, which they helped open in 1991 (and are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year). The ties that I have built at the University have grown so strong that I’m even planning to complete my PhD studies through UMaine while I’m here!
To put it lightly, I couldn’t be happier. I am living in Bulgaria and enjoying a splendid little corner of Eastern Europe. I have plans to be filming in Serbia and Macedonia soon, having already traveled throughout Bulgaria and Greece for some great photo opportunities so far. So this note is to let you all know that I am back out in the world, boots on the ground, camera in hand and creating more content for you to read, hear, watch and enjoy of my humbling journeys around the globe.
Here’s a short video of the trip to Thessaloniki this past weekend, with the promise of more to come.
In this short documentary, I explore the culturally and historically rich port of call after which the Strait of Malacca was named. Talking with locals and exploring the city, this short follows me as I get in touch with the real Malacca that is seldom seen.
So this weekend I have the lovely and talented Allison Wottowa on the line for my latest podcast. It’s a memorable conversation with a fellow traveler and filmmaker (and serial Quantum Leap nerd). She’s the host of the fabulous new series of international, era-oriented travel shorts hosted on her website, AllyQuest.com.
From the Wrigley Family on Catalina Island to Mayan history around the Yucatan, Ally waxes tantalizing travel topics and gives up an amazing top ten list for international wine connoisseurs.
Watch the travelcast (you know, a podcast for travel nuts), and then head on over to check out her website and YouTube channel.
Okay, so here is the second album of recently edited photos. This is the rough draft editing stage of the photos. The final drafts will be edited all together in a batch process and then uploaded to the commercial website. So you’re getting the sneak preview before the photography page gets updated.
In this album, the elderly people taken in HDR are from the hill tribes living in the mountains. The beautiful lady trying to hide her face from the camera was so shy that her friends made her take the photograph. She very reluctantly and uncomfortably sat as I snapped these shots of her. I gave her a warm thanks and a fist full of cash afterward. And they wounldn’t let me leave without getting a shot of the tattoos that she acquired in her time in the hills. The tribes people decorated themselves back then and are strangely embarrassed of it now. The older gentleman sat proudly and let me take this shot even though the youngsters around him were laughing and pointing. He seemed not to mind.
Be sure to click the images and make them larger. The detail that comes out in HDR when you’re looking at the larger image reveals much more detail than a thumbnail. Tremendous range is exposed in this technique of photography — which is responsible for giving the photos that “dreamy” feel to them. The mountain shots have so much old-worldy feel to them in these shots. There are many more that will make it to the commercial site, but these will have to do to start.
Take a look and be sure to leave me comments on what you think!
In this short film I discuss the mask collection that I have been putting together throughout my travels around the world. Most of the masks that I currently have, came from countries within Southeast Asia. However, a mask I bought in Hong Kong, was actually made and brought there for sale by a very nice lady from Kathmandu, Nepal. Hopefully I will continue to collect these masks as they do a great job of speaking to the history and culture from which they came. In a manner of speaking, they put a face to their cultural meaning.