Sunday, February 26, 2012

its a fury

I just had a furious time on facebook conversing via photos and ended up with some photos i just uploaded to there so i'm putting them on here now.  Will and I are in Aguas Calientes, to wake up in 3 hours time to climb Machu Picchu.  The gates open at 5 but we're planning on bribing the gate keeper at 4ish to let us in before the tour busses are allowed up, we're going to hike up and hopefully not get clouded out...  Being that its the rainy season apparently you can get unlucky and see nothing at all but that doesn't really matter, i'll just be taking the same photo everyone else has for he last hundred years but I'd love to be up there before the rest of the gringos, I need that serenity.  Although now Im cooked after being distracted and will now only get 2 hours sleep but that is fine, hopefully you enjoy these photos.

these are from Peru, mostly today's journey from Cusco so Agues Calientes but some others mixed in

Lake Titicaca! haven't looked through any form this day apart from this one, i'm excited by them though :D


some misc inca ruins as per our lunch restaurant's view


inside the lunch place


from outside the lunch place


inside the lunch place, it seemed that everywhere i pointed the light was nice, i can't get over the eye light on this one


poorly portraying the most insane river/water movements i've ever witnessed





south american men love to stare...


one of the very few cats i've seen this whole journey and easily the cleanest


typical homeless mut pose


the magazine filled her face so nicely, this scene was nice as it was a break away from the cold gringo/tourist reality of Aguas Calientes, the access point to Machu Picchu


Gabe Gwynne at Collingrove last year, I need to go skateboarding, I've only got a little sanity left and I'm running out of skate photos on my computer.


Saturday, February 25, 2012


found all of these film photo so i thought i would post them now as they seem to tie in with my current longing for home, temporary longing, sporadic mostly but easily dealt with.   anyway, miscellaneous film photos from home.  I'll post about the trip and stuff soon, just no time right now.







from that period of extreme smoke





karakoed this in a bar in Puno, Peru last night, had a terrible time this morning as it's clear my vocal range is inferior..

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

¡mas adventura!

Bolivia is amazing and I need say no more but I'm definitely going to, although this spanish keyboard is minorly infuriating to say the least.  We finished shooting the music video two days ago (apart for some small cutaways) which was majorly relieving as It had been playing on my mind a bit for this trip as I felt the task of making a non skating video that has a budget quite daunting, pretty happy with how it went and I'm stoked on some of the shots I got and working with the Direction of Rueben is multi-ideal!!  To celebrate: Reuben, Will, Myself and two of the guys we've met here, Zoberto (one of the actors, speaks no english and pronounces all 'r's as 'z's) and Norvin and Bolivian/American/full time translator for us went deep into the wild to enjoy the best parts of this country.  It was a two hour walk and then even more to the cave that we'd inhabit for the night, we ascended a huge sandstone cliff, about 60 meters, that had a 30 meter spire that perfectly replicated a samurai.  We stayed up there for the sunset and then after the sun had gone down, without a moon and almost constant cloud cover, we all set off and descended down a crevass that took us from ontop of a huge sandstone landmass, down about 50 meters to the level of the floodways that tore this rediculously beautiful landscape apart.  At times it was a sideways situation as it got as thing as 30cms and the drops were pretty scary, luckily there wasnt much water but enough to drink/splash on my overwhelmed face, soothing my lips that were cracked beyond repair from a combination of the dry air and my uncontrolable smiling from what we we{re seeing.  Looking 40 meters up to a tiny sections of starlight cascading down the sandstone will be in my head until I die.  My bed wasn't majorly comfy but the spaceship was the most ideal location I could've dreamt of.  Tomorrow we head north to La Paz which will effectively end this chapter as Reuben is heading back in a weeks time, Will and I are going to go through Peru and a bit more of Bolivia and Chile.. My flight is on the 14th from BA but I want to come back early so I can get over to Paris asap as, even in times of such glory (right now, not on this computer but this trip,) I'm struggling to bring myself all the way back.

Ive been shooting bulk film in Bolivia which goes for yesterdays ridiculous adventures but I took a few digital ones, the first is part of a timelapse and the others are from when i borrow Reubens 5D, the d90 was struggling without a decent moon so I'm greatful to have gotten anything, 200iso film was not going to do my any favours either...

(this is a novelty sized post, 24 photos I think, lots of unrelating stuff, as theres a good chance that my next post is once again a very long time away)

more team photos, minus myself..  35mm can't remember which brand etc, developed in Sucre..  The developing is insanely cheap but pretty crap, going to cry that tear back in brisbane where the processing is great and the scans greater



Reuben trying to catch dinner


one of the few moments the moon came from behind the clouds and I squirmed at the beauty of where we were.


the spaceship, inexplicably perfect in every way.


the landmass that we went through


a view from my horse, just north of Tupiza


more horse mounted photos


my buddy!  except for when he galloped after wild horses and i found myself  wildly out of control, letting the horse dodge the fields of cactii...  Bolivian workplace health and safety is highly intriguing but equally ideal


some more photos from the trek





Surce, visit here!!  nada fiesta moi tranquillo


photos from the Soul Garden, end of November for my birthday.  Fuji Pro-s 160



hopefully some of you know who Anna is so this doesnt appear like just a technically terrible photograph..





this ones not from the soul garden but the same roll of film, i hate the exposure but i like these two characters.


my friend mitch is in the snow (Japan!) and ive been looking through some photos that i had from our most recent trip and found this, i uploaded a similar one ages ago but this one is so much better!!  craving the snow pretty badly


Dear Reality,

BMB don't SMA.



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

all time intrigue

The last three days has imposed some pretty serious thinking on my part, trekking three days through the lower reaches of the Bolivian Andes (Maragua and Potolo we stopped in, the rest was just general mountain)  I think we covered about 40-50k and the entire time I was in awe, not even the agonising strain on my body could send me away from the visual delicacies on hand.  Thankfully the altitude was only 2500m so the air wasn't unreasonably thing but it still played a part, I've never voluntarily hiked like this before (or hiked like this before full stop) but I'm so keen on doing it for the rest of my life.  Infact, after this sample of intrigue, Will and I have decided to ascend a 6100m mountain in Northern Bolivia, it snows all year round and theres effectively no chance of a view but I've developed a need to climb this thing and I'm pretty excited.  Next time i'll refresh my mp3 player though and preach supreme levels of snacktion! 

The trek was so ideal, I've never had so much time to think, obviously i have, but it was different this time around as the thoughts had to be great, as low spirits would have sent me away, so stoke was the order of the days and it allowed me to comprehend my predicament at hand involving a very very lovely lady and our year long geographical disparity.  Accompanying this I've been reading a book that the godman Tom Pyle gave me called Prometheus Rising, the combination of the two has allowed me to begin to fully comprehend whats going on in my head, it's fantastic!  Logic has never been so logical, as have the things I normally find illogical!  

Reuben and I started shooting some stuff for the clip, fillers mostly so timelapses etc...   I got some film developed here too which is always enjoyable, once again I should shoot more film but I need cash money and the d90 is doing me well.  I've also gotta get over to Peru and skate some real mountains and save as much as I can as I'll need all of it this year as it's gotta be my best one yet, even though the mental odds are stacked against me, but I have faith in my wig and it's ability to concur tears!  

I accidentally shot a 2000 photo timelapse yesterday, either it will be glory or I've wasted  30-100 fps...  I'm waiting for it to resize so i can resize some piccies from the trek to upload to here but I can't so its either siesta or author more nonsense and I think nonsense is the powerplay, I've just been overwhelmed by stoke!  I think the best bit about Maeve being away is that I really notice how stoked i get sometimes, I'm a pretty stoked fellow (as per my over usage of 'stoke' in these sentences) but when I'm down and then realise i'm stoked it's all time enjoyment, involuntary sending for the inevitable bring back!!

I wrote this last night so its a little out of date, such as the timelapse and this one.

These photos go against my desire to keep my posting chronological but i don't really mind, these are the ones i've liked so far in no particular order of the trip or the level of my liking, the photos from the very first morning are probably my favourite but i'm yet to look at them so i hope you enjoy this sample in the meantime.

Team Trek!



Quechuan way of life