Paul, Photographer and Traveller
I came across a small ad in the travel section of the newspaper, "Ecuador, Inland and Amazon." So, I phoned the number listed and soon found myself in the office of a little company called G Adventures, buried in an industrial complex in the west end of the city. I met one of the employees, and eventually, the owner - a fellow named Bruce. He was younger than me, just a kid, but there I was trusting him with my hard-earned cash. Two weeks later I was in South America. Just like that.
Little did I know at the time, that first trip was only the beginning of a journey - one that has since taken me from the foothills of the Himalayas to the bottom of the world in Antarctica and everywhere in between over nearly 20 years of travel.
Thus began my evolution as an individual, a curiousity seeker, and now an explorer. Travel slowed me down, forced me to get out of my comfort zone. It broke down barriers of language, religion and culture and gave me a broader understanding of this crazy and amazing world we live in and a true sense of myself. Friendships transcended distances and the world got smaller, very very quickly. Time zones mean nothing now in this age of social media.
My evolution as a travel photographer developed from my first trip with G Adventures. A second career took root, only I wouldn't realize it until almost ten years later. Life is funny that way. Now I travel to capture the world whether on my own or as part of a group. Not bad.
The hardest part in this journey I am still on was taking the first step. I don't plan on stopping anytime soon.