So, why start a travel photography blog? There are so many out there, why would mine be any different and worth reading?

Let me go back, to when my love of photography started, and some of the key milestones that bring me to where I am now.

I probably picked up my first camera when I was just a few years old. Disposable, throwaway and obviously film. It wasn’t really a love of photography back then – I was just a kid so couldn’t quite comprehend what photography was all about, but simply taking photos as something to do.

My Dad always enjoyed photography and used to shoot with a Minolta XD (which I still have in a box), travelling around the country (before getting married) watching and photographing rallies – this will lead me on to another point later. I guess his love of photography had rubbed off on me somewhere down the line.

The love affair proper started in around 2001 when I got my first digital camera, the venerable Fuji S2800. This was a big deal for me. 6x zoom, 2mp images and 16mb memory cards! Being able to see the images you’d taken immediately was a a game changer. (check out the mega specs here – http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3758790301/fujifilmfinepix2800z).

From there, and taking a larger interest in motorsport, I used the Fuji for a couple of years, and also picked up an second-hand film Canon EOS300 – an ideal way to learn the true craft of photography. From my dad’s passion for rallying, my interest grew and coming from rural Shropshire, in the UK, the social groups I mixed in shared this passion.

Now, the ability to learn manual controls, put thought into images before shooting them, and the wait for film to be processed was defining. The skills I learnt (all self-taught) have stuck with me today, however the cost of film and processing for me, as a college student, were on the verge of bankrupting.

A few years persevering with the Fuji and Canon combo took me through about 6 years until I finally upgraded to a proper Canon EOS digital SLR – welcome to the 400D.

Fast forward a couple of years and I’m taking the camera on a one-in-a-lifetime holiday (which hopefully won’t just be once) to New Zealand. If anywhere is going to bite you with the travel and photography bug it’s definitely the land of the long white cloud. This also kicked off a bit of a habit for upgrading – over the coming few years, as I started to take my motorsport photography more serious, I ended up going from a Canon EOS 400D, through a EOS 50D, 1D MkIIN, EOS 5D MkII before jumping ship to the Nikon system in around 2010.

Wow, that was long winded and didn’t really answer the initial point of this post…

Let’s skip a few years, shooting motorsport around the UK as a professional freelance photographer, courting my then girlfriend and during any spare weekends, travelling around the UK and always documenting what we did/saw with the camera.

Late in 2011 I moved to Dubai – a true gateway to the world. This is when the addiction (yes, it’s easy to call travelling an addiction. If I don’t travel regularly, even around the UAE, I get real withdrawals) really kicked off.

And I guess that brings us to where we are now. The desire to see different parts of the world – landscapes, people, cultures, colours and smells. This passion to go explore that has led us here – GoExplore.

Now all I want to do is to explore and document what I see, show people who aren’t able to travel the amazing places our world contains, or provide that bit of inspiration to GoExplore yourself, whether it my backyard here in Dubai and the wider UAE, or during my travels around the world.

Hopefully you’ll find something of value – please let me know if there something you find interesting, or not so interesting, and I promise to at least try and not make all posts as wordy as this one.

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