Shipwreck in Paradise

Shipwreck in Paradise

Sometimes when it feels everything in the world is amazing something comes up and sinks your boat. Then again sometimes when it feels like you’re sinking the ocean spits you out and throws you up onto the beach.

Today I felt I was sinking. I’ve been questioning the choices I made to start doing travel photography. It may seem like I am living in a permanent vacation, but in truth I actually work harder than ever before. Not only is it a lot of work, I don’t have the luxury of a consistent home or office to work from. Every few days I move to a new place, find new locations to eat, and search for a wifi signal strong enough so I stay connected.

As my day was winding down I decided to cheer myself up with a burger and a beer. Normally I eat local food as it’s so much cheaper. The burger and beer were doing a great job of cheering me up. Then unexpectedly I got a call from a friend and a plan to have a followup meeting. The next exciting part is I have started to network with some more digital nomads, something I have been missing till now. I feel like the ocean has spit me out on to dry land and given me another chance.

I’m now heading off to bed with much higher spirits, and i’m looking forward to the work I need to get done tomorrow.

Anyway enough of the journal entry….

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The Image

This image is shot on the beach about 100 meters from where I was living on the beach in Cambodia. One day it was not there, and the next it looked like it had been there for months. The boat is being slowly torn apart by a group of workers, but I cleverly hid them behind the boat when I shot this image.

The photo was edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. I tried to give it a warm, yet slightly desaturated look. I used the linear gradient tool in Lightroom to balance the sky with the beach and boat, then played a bit in Photoshop to bring out some of the details of the boat’s hull.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at