Theresia’s Tattoo

I met Theresia yesterday at the Bed Station Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand. Most of our conversation revolved around where to go and what to see. Then as I went to the second floor, “beanbag lounge” area I saw Theresia’s Tattoo which had previously been covered up. She got it three days earlier in Tibet. It still looked really fresh and that’s probably what made me comment on it. The blacks looked so fresh and sharp.

The photo was converted to black and white using Macphun Tonality CK. Photoshop was used to remove some bandage tape marks on her back as well as a plastic water bottle I didn’t see when I took the shot. I did a slight amount of dodging and burning, then took it back into Lightroom for some final cropping and tweaks. I did a second version of the image where I took a copy of her and placed it into the picture frame in the background. Kind of inception. It was a fun little photoshop practice exercise.

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