Traveling is an addiction. I love the cultures, the colors, the food... and I love to explore a big city. There is an element of chaos and frenzy that surrounds a city visit. It's like a choose-your-own-adventure--every experience is unique, never to be duplicated. That is why I'll readily return to somewhere I've traveled to before--it is about discovery and seeing something again at a different point in time and perspective. My perfect "travel tour" usually combines some destinations I've been to before, while allowing new destinations to unfold.
And photography documents these moments. I like to set out to simply document my experiences within a place, as it happens, as a kind of run-and-gun process. Rarely do I plan out, set up or stake out a photo shoot. Mostly, I want to capture what happens in front of me-- in the streets, experiencing the sights and smells--. As photographer, I want to be within the atmosphere, not outside it. Some say street photography can be invasive. I try to think of it as immersive.
Airline miles and timing helped shape this itinerary. We settled on an ambitious plan: we would see several of Europe's greatest cities: London, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Paris. By our last day, we were ready for a much needed city-break and toured the Champagne countryside.
Below are some select photos of our trip. Enjoy!