Growing up most of us have hopefully seen “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Remember the end of the movie? When Wonka gives Charlie a tour in the “Wonkavator” and gives him the Chocolate Factory? Most don’t know that the movie was filmed in Munich, Germany. This past September I found myself above the same iconic orange roofs that closed out that Cult Classic from 1971. As a kid that was always one of my favorite scenes growing up. For one, being an American it kind of gave me a look at landscape that I wasn’t quite used to. The bright orange roofs were engraved into my mind along with the sense of warmth the city gave off. I was able to relive that same warm feeling I received from that scene when I climbed up a Cathedrals Steeple onto an observation deck. I had a 360 Degree view of the image I have had in my head since I was a kid. For a split moment I was able to be a kid again and put myself in Charlie’s shoes and see Munich as he did in that scene when he realized dreams do come true and good things happen to good people. Now Yes, I am aware that the movie wasn’t real and there aren’t actual oompa loompa running the Wonka factory, but what this movie did was plant a dream of wanting to see the world. Dreaming that I can do that, and anything else I put my mind to. Yes its cliche, but that movie was able to open my imagination and and give me a dream to chase. Over the years I have acquired many more dreams and many more aspirations but being able to finally cross one off your list was definitely a sweet feeling. Giving me the confidence to pursue the rest of my outlandish goals and the live the life of my dreams.
No matter the obstacles or hardships, let your imagination wander and explore your heart. Live the dreams of your life.
Explore. Adventure. Wander.
We have all heard the saying, “The path to success is never straight”. Although it would make life so much easier, where would the beauty be? The falls, the stumbles, the bad choices. The moments of vulnerability that bring out ones true character. One of the most humbling feelings is facing controversy and then taking it upon yourself to get yourself. Being able to see what you’re made of in your toughest moments is what progress and growth are all about. Who would want to remain the same person for their entire life? I love changing and learning about life in general. Whether it is seeing an inspiring movie to traveling to a place I have never been on the opposite side of the planet. Moments both good and bad are their to help you learn and grow. There is nothing like it, looking back and seeing how much you have changed, whether it is over a short amount of time or years. Seeing how far you have come. Those past moments when you thought your life was over or it couldn’t get any worse and now looking back a stronger and better person than you were before.
Things may seem stormy once in a while but you need to stay focused on the little things in life that make you happy, moments that take your breath away, not to sound like a cheeseball. The times that give you a little chuckle when you start your day. The people who make life worth living, whether that is with loved ones, friends or significant others. No matter who they are, appreciate them, and the time they spend on you because that id time they will never get back. The more appreciation you show the more positive energy will surround you.
Follow your dreams, no matter how crazy or far fetched. Just don’t take things for granted while you pursue them. As long as you don’t give up, the path you choose will always guide you to where you need to end up. So if its the beaches of The Hamptons, Oktoberfest in Munich or the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Stay positive with everything you face, stay true to yourself and live with the purest sense of adventure.
Travel. Explore. Wander.
Cultural influence from many different nations are spread throughout Europe. While I was in Munich in September I arrived a day early and decided to be a tourist. Wandering around the city and seeing the sights, there was an area which I came a crossed. For a moment it felt as is I stepped into Rome. Towering Romanesque columns with the bold Architecture that is synonymous with the era’s style, stood out as students huddled underneath, enjoying the blue skies that hovered above. Through my experiences while traveling Europe I have run into many Roman Empire inspired structures, Munich had some very beautiful pieces. Standing in the Museum District, I took this shot. Being an Architecture Major, you begin to understand and appreciate the fine details of life. While studying I received great advice from an Architect, he told me, “Always remember that in all things, the Devil is in the Details”. Even in my photography I have been able to translate this advice into fruition. It may be something small or something drastic but I love giving my Artwork that cerebral element. Movement, Vibrant Color and a Journey you can take yourself on through each photo. That is the thrill I get when taking photos, that adventure you lose yourself in, that is where my passion comes from. Hopefully later down the road I will be able to bring that journey to my audience but do it in a way that I can bring certain world topics to light. Whether it is endangered Snow Leopards, Disease and Famine or the Political influences of the world. Life is a journey and no matter where you are in the world I want to put you in a front row seat for one hell of a ride.
Explore. Adventure. Wander.
For somebody who has been on the move since he was 16, and a plenty of moving before that. Feeling homesick doesn’t quite happen very ofter, if ever. But going through my shots today gave me that sense of homesickness. Perhaps it is more of a feeling of wanderlust, but nonetheless I do wish I was back in Europe at this very moment in time.
Now since I am fairly new to this blogging thing, I will fill most in. I’ve been on my own since I was 16, leaving home and attempting to survive while finishing school. Over that time I have stayed in quite a few places but never settling down. I guess many could call me a professional couch surfer, but I do what many people are afraid to do now a days. Which is following my heart. I move because I don’t feel as if I belong. I move because, although it is hard to believe I feel much more at ease when I am on the road. Whether its on trains to Austria, planes to Germany or in a car headed to Amsterdam. I always get a calming sensation washing over me when I am traveling, and not knowing what I should expect around the corner. Maybe this is a permanent case of Wanderlust, or perhaps not having a permanent home while I grew up has given me that sense of being nomadic.
I find a release in my photography. There is something that courses through me right before I capture a moment. A surge of excitement, and the ability to create something beautiful. The best feeling I have experienced is having people reach out and tell me that my shots have either brightened their day or have had some sort of positive reinforcement of their daily routines. Capturing a moment and allowing someone to escape their mundane schedules and go somewhere else, even if its for a minute. That is rewarding for me, just a simple smile or help someone open their mind to the vast amounts of opportunity that the world has to offer. To everyone who currently follows me and who will see this in the future and hopefully follow me, Thank you and I hope I have had the same affect on you.
Travel. Explore. Wander.
After attending a small German street festival, which I have realized while living in Germany, are a very familiar occurrence. I took a walk to where I was staying that evening. In between where I was staying and the festival in town there was quite a walk. I saw that the sun was on its way down and the lighting throughout the day had been pretty perfect. I ended up taking the walk home and while on it I passed through the end of the village and into a clearing between the woodland and the town. I look over to my right and take in the moment. Fresh air, beautiful landscape, on the other side of the world from home and my friends. Knowing that in that very moment I was a very lucky individual to have come here and to have had this experience. At this time about half of my planned trip was over and what I had experienced in my time there already had been enough to write a book about none the less I still had more than 45 days left. Not knowing what would happen and just allowing myself to just go with it.
Most of the time that is what I do, just go with it and see where it takes me. Most of the time it has been a crazy ride but other times I had wished it had worked out a little better. But at the end of the day, all of those moments, all of the highs and lows had brought me to that moment. The fresh air, the beautiful landscapes that surrounded me, and being on the other side of the planet away from all that I have ever known, taking in every minute as walking into an unknown and as I do I Embrace it all.
That’s all one can do in life, instead of focusing on what is going right in your life or what is going wrong, Embrace it all. The bad helps you build strength in the areas where you are weakest and the good shows you the strengths. Enhancing both will allow you to live a well balanced life.
These Open Skies, helped me realize that there is a tremendous amount of unknowns out in the world ahead of me but in the end I would end up where I was meant to be and do what I was meant to do.
Thanks for reading, Cheers!!
Stepping foot on the Dutch roads for the first time, suddenly a bicyclist whizzes past me, then another and another. The streets are buzzing with the busy Amsterdam Residents. Eye opening indeed, the main form of transportation of bicycle is both simple and economical. Not to mention it keeps what I saw to be a very good looking population in amazing physical shape. As I continued down the street, the beauty of Amsterdam took over and I snagged this shot. Simple and quiet, but it captures the tight quarters that Amsterdam has offers. The Canals offer a great form of circulation throughout the city and a sense of charm. Almost like a Venice vibe but so much better, in my opinion of course. At night the city comes alive, the bridges over the canals light up, the scene opens up and the love and beauty that is Amsterdam comes out. In my opinion one of the most spectacular places to visit, Amsterdam is my home away from home. Consider it a place that I will always look forward to crossing off of my “Bucket List” on multiple occasions, over and over again. Until next time, cheers!!
Wandering through Frankfurt for the first time, getting a taste of Germany’s “Little Manhattan” has to offer. I turned the corner to an old city square near the Central European Bank and I see this beauty placed right smack down in the middle. In absolute awe of it’s size and design I sat and stared for a moment and appreciated the work that went into such a beautiful place. Over my time in Europe the Architecture definitely stood out in being more refreshing than other places I have been, or at least so far. The sense of togetherness that many of the people I came in contact with was outstanding. The strength of morals and the importance of relationships weren’t as shallow as those found in the United States. Now I am not saying all people in the States are shallow, not at all. I’m just saying from my experiences, people in the States don’t put others first as often as Europeans do. Americans tend to be more selfish and worried about their own agenda. In Europe, that was for sure a breath of fresh air. The City of Frankfurt was a pretty awesome experience, but for anyone looking into Germany, there are a million possibilities. A few hours in one direction you will get different cultures, vibes and people throughout Germany. Overall a very well diverse nation. Until next time, Cheers!!
Walking down the Cobblestone Streets of Idstein, Germany; you encounter a moment where you find yourself taking a deep breath and soaking in your surroundings. Idstein is quaint but stunning in the simplest sense of the word and it allows you to appreciate time and the preservation of our past. I really loved visiting this city and look forward to my return one day very soon.