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Callum’s 2016 Adventures: South Island, New Zealand pt.2

I was in New Zealand and met this girl. Her sister dared me to bungee jump, so I did!
It was a spur-of-the-moment decision.
I wanted to impress the girl, and it worked!
– Theo James

Queenstown: 07.12.16 – 08.12.16

Queenstown, adventure capital of the world. Home of endless activities, mountains of food and hours of drink. Queenstown should come with a warning really, something like ‘beware, once you arrive you may never want to leave’.

My time in Queenstown was split by a day trip to Milford Sound, so I’ll split up my writing about it in a similar fashion.

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‘What sort of Photographer are you?’

‘You don’t make a photograph just with a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen,
the books you have read,the music you have heard,
the people you have loved’ 
– Ansel Adams

Since really getting into photography and starting to drop my interest in it into casual conversation with someone, the question ‘what sort of photographer are you’ always seems to crop up. So much so that my answer has almost become second nature; telling them that I don’t know, whilst wearing a wry smile. Why? Because in return I get to see their faces wearing a look of utter bemusement.

I don’t say this in jest though. I honestly don’t know what sort of photographer I am – it’s a hard question to answer. Any question asking you to define your role in a sub-section of the arts is difficult usually you end up giving a word-y statement filled with technical jargon. Why? Personally it is because I don’t want my creative role to be thrown “under the bus” of a general statement. After all, what I do – or attempt to do – ends up being an extension of myself due to how much I end up investing in it both emotionally and personally.

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The boy who started to live

‘Open your eyes, look within.
Are you happy with the life you’re living?’
– Bob Marley

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At the start of the year I wrote a post titled the boy who began to grow up, which reviewed my 2014 and outlined what I hoped to achieve by the time 2015 came to a close.

The focus for 2015 was to forge an environment in which I could reclaim my life as my own, creating a plethora of stories and memories along the way. This is something I truly believe I have managed to achieve. I would argue that 2014 provided me with a disjointed roller-coaster ride, replaced by a 2015 which – for the most part – was relatively smooth-sailing and ended with a trip of a lifetime.

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