Adventures. We all crave them, whether tackling a mountain, swimming an Ocean or skydiving over a Pacific Atoll, they make us live, give us a sense of purpose, accomplishment. I’ve put 2016 ‘to bed’ and now shift my focus on what could be the potential for the year ahead. As you’re all aware we are taking a leap of faith and moving back to the UK, Scotland to be specific. Japan has been a wild ride but limiting in it’s potential for me looking to get into the local imaging scene. That’s not to say it hasn’t given me adventures though. My interactions and travels around the Mount Fuji region have been literally awesome. Work wise though, this is where I find it to be problematic. Lots of imaging entities here protecting their ‘turf’ as it were, and rightly so. I guess I also grew too cynical of the constant espousing of collaborations, promises that simply rattled to nothing with greater frequency than the earthquakes responsible for what is my joint leading desire to relocate. Folks laugh and joke about that but as any ‘Tokyo-ite‘ will tell you, “the big one is coming, not sure when but it’s coming for sure” and I don’t want to be around when it does.
Thus, 2017 will be a fresh slate. A new direction in a land where I can (just) understand the locals, a land in which my son will grow surrounded by wilderness, wildlife and grand adventures. My prime focus moving forward is to further develop my YouTube presence in a vein that aligns very much in favour of the type of imaging on which my career has thus far been based, wildlife, nature and exploration. Video is set to become the main vehicle for online content by mid to late 2017 with web trend and analytics giant Cisco Systems Inc having suggested by as much as 70%. In all it’s forms my goal is to bring my mixed media adventures to the screen. From 360 degree immersive VR trials and a planned series of videos to underline the gear and techniques used for wildlife imaging to fieldcraft and innovation to ethically ‘getting the shot’ whilst remaining as respecting and mindful of the target species and environment as possible. Above all it’s about bring this information to the screens, to share the adventures and to hopefully both answer questions to those just starting out and maybe even inspiring would be wildlife imagineers to pick up their first camera and start learning the craft.
It’s sure to be a wild ride and I’d love it if you guys also tag along for that. If you are on YouTube don’t forget to subscribe in order to get the updates and notifications as and when new video’s are uploaded. I’ll be attempting to create new content on a fortnightly basis in the form of a specific ‘in the field’ adventure with a clear cut objective. This will be followed up with the secondary video being a ‘behind the scenes’ peek into the gear used for that monthly film, its implementation and operation to accomplish the results. Other potential content will be along the lines of random gear appraisals and or additional adventures as and when the potential arises. All in all it’s shaping up to be a very cool year, and now the onus is on trying to make that happen. For sure there will be bumps along the road, but like all adventures, half of the fun indeed maybe more than half, is in the thrill of the journey!