The photos haven't cooled yet from Antarctica and already I am preparating to board the M/S Expedition again for a journey north along the West Coast of Africa from Cape Town to Marrakesh in April.
It's been 13 years since I was last in Africa, and this time to be working will have extra meaning. New photography lectures are being created, new countries to visit this time and opportunities to photograph more cultural subjects and people once more. It's been a while since I have been hugging the polar regions since 2010.
It will be a milestone for me too as I will hit my 50 country on this voyage and be close to 60 by the time I return home. Not bad for someone who hasn't really set foot in Europe. (yet)
The photography in residence program I helped launch for G Adventures in 2012 has been a fantastic success. Other photographers joining the trips, Sue Forbes, Lauren Farmer and Chasi Annexy have brought their own skills and talents to make each trip unique, and passengers have definitely been getting a lot of bang for their buck. Goes to show the importance of "valued added," something missing a lot of these days with most companies. It's one of the reasons why I have been a huge "fan" (for lack of a better word) at the philosophies and culture created at G Adventures, by its CEO, Founder, and good friend Bruce Poon-Tip.
Graham Peddie from Canon Canada has been instrumental in helping me obtain camera gear from their loan program for what will now be my third voyage using their cameras, giving me the opportunity to test out photographic equipment that normally I wouldn't be in the position to use. I will be giving my overall views of using the Canon 1DX body, the supreme pro camera and some observations using the other end of the spectrum, their G16 point and shoot, which was a delight to photograph with.
Once Africa is completed I look forward to returning to Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia Island again for the first sailing in October 2014 and my 20th crossing of the Drake Passage.
Keeping moving forward, dreams do come true. They just take time.