I've been in Italy for the last 3 weeks taking some time off from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan that I love so dearly before I return to finish up the last little bit of work I have on my project there. I was given an opportunity to jump out of an airplane in Verona. Quite frankly, I've always wanted to try skydiving, but had been on the fence about whether to do it for a long time, because, well, you're jumping out of an airplane after all. But I took the opportunity, and I certainly don't regret it. What a rush. Here are the photos of me screaming my head off at 4000m. (Photo Credit: Skydive Verona, retouch done by me using my iPhone).
Many have asked, and I've been dragging my feet, but I'm feeling the need to share some images. I've been on hiatus from the blog lately, mostly because I've lacked any thoughts to put down.
Inspiration is a funny thing. It comes and goes. It seemingly left me 2/3rds of the way through India, right after I came down with giardia in Mumbai. When I was feeling well enough to move, I decided that Rajasthan was going to be for me. To travel, not worry about the camera, the blog, or making any images. I'm working on a rather lengthy post that reflects on my time in India, and there is a lot to cover. India was both frustrating and enlightening for me. I'll leave it at that for now.
I'm in Sri Lanka for the next week and a half, soaking (read: burning) in the sun, teaching myself to surf, and doing a little SCUBA diving. I got the camera out with intention today for the first time in what feels like weeks, and the image above was the result. Here are a few more from the end of India and the first week in Sri Lanka. More later.
I was an extra in a TV commercial, although some of the people that came with me got to be in the commercial for real. And the picture above pretty much sums up what you will see of my face (although smaller and further away and one of a hundred other silhouettes).
So it was a commercial for the Indian Cricket league. Which I know nothing about really, but I met some cricket players, some other cool people, and goofed off with my camera in an interesting setting. It was in an old abandoned steel mill/machine shop/warehouse, and when I walked in I was thinking "ooookaayyyy....so this is the part when they harvest our organs?"
Basically, I stood in a crowd like at a concert (with smoke, lights, etc.) and shouted something in Hindi that I think was the name of a cricket player. They made three shots all night, or so my friend told me who invited me, because at about 2am after the first shot was completed and they were setting up for the second, I left to go back to the hotel. I got some kind of cold on the train again I think and I was worn out.
Anyway, I had fun playing around with the smoke and lights and hanging out.
Instagram: Follow me @stturn. Most of you all know I love this platform as a way to share photos and experiences when I can't have my big camera out. I use it frequently.
Twitter: Follow me @stturner87. I've fought using Twitter for a long time but recently have seen it's use as a way to keep in touch with people. If you've got a question, or just want to say hello, Twitter is probably the way I'll get back to you fastest. I also link Instagram and my blog to Twitter, so if this is your preferred social media platform, you'll see stuff from me here too.
I hesitated to add these options at first, because I was unsure if I would even use them or not. I decided to get SIM for my iPhone in country so I will be using both of these social media platforms after all. While they won't have all the details and photos of a blog post, they do offer a glimpse into what I'm up to at the moment.
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That's all for now. I've got a 30hr train ride ahead of me to Kolkata. See you soon.
Well, I'm on my way to Asia! I spent the night in a youth hostel in Toronto, after getting in at nearly 2am. I shared a cab ride into the city from the airport with the guy I sat next to on the plane, (his company was paying, thanks Capital One) and got some understanding how to navigate back to the airport via public transit. I was so tired that I slept through my alarm this morning that I forgot to turn off. I'm sure everyone else in the dorm room was pleased with me.
I've had the afternoon in Toronto, which I spent tracking down a few miscellaneous items that I forgot to get (like a lock to secure my bag in a locker when I'm out and about in the city....) and wandering around by Lake Ontario. Istanbul is the next waypoint, and unfortunately, I won't be able to go out in the city. I don't have enough time. But, maybe another day!
On a slightly more nostalgic note, I'm realizing just how much I will miss Chicago. It's strange: the urge to travel the world is so strong for me, but if I'm honest with myself, I've never found a city that I like more than Chicago. The people, the food, the summertime, the L rumbling overhead. It's wedged itself in my heart and has really become home. I'll be back Chicago, I'll be back.
I forgot to say this in my post announcing that I would be embarking on this journey, but if you are ever planning to travel somewhere near me, shoot me a message and let me know. I'd love to meet up with you, share a meal, see some sights, whatever.
Anyway, gotta run. See you in Mumbai!
Simply put,Velvia slide film is stunning. I have had some slides sitting around for awhile now, that I hadn't gotten scanned. Here are two of them. You can't get these colors with digital. I have some more, and will update the post when I get the scans back.
As a side note, these are both shot on a Mamiya 7. This camera is a dream to shoot with.
More scans back! These are 4 of my favorites below out of the other 10 I had scanned:
Sometimes, you just need to go shoot photos. I haven't shot much recently as I mentioned in my Nepal post, and the need to just get out and create something has been strong. It's true, I'm more interested in traveling and photographing other cultures, but there are moments here in the States too, I just have to look for them. I used to carry a camera everywhere. I got out of that habit awhile back, and I'm realizing that was a bad idea. So I'm going to take it everywhere with me again. So, here are some photos from the past week!