Photographer of South Island Rural landscapes and people

Bill Irwin

Say Yes To Adventure

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

Travel has finally moved up the list of priorities for Cheryl and I after years of flat out, head down family and work life. The above quote sums up how I feel about the excitement of seeing new people and places, which are both unfamiliar yet somehow the same. Visually, I get very excited about new images to be photographed. My biggest tension about travelling is having to pack the most minimal kit of gear that still is capable enough not to restrict options. At the moment that is the Fuji mirrorless system, I can get a compact Fuji x100  and a Fuji X-T1 with 16mm, 35mm and 56 mm lenses in one tiny bag.  There is quite a bit of mental (and physical) freedom travelling with limited, yet very capable, camera gear.

I have collected up many images I love of different parts of the world over the last few years.  They are some of my personally most satisfying photographs, but they have minimal commercial value for me.  The best end up in a one off book I put together after each trip, Cheryl and I joke that these will be our most prized possessions we take to the retirement village in 30 years as re-reading them vividly brings wonderful experiences back to mind.  One-off book publication has become quite an exciting and powerful option, it feels like another quantum leap in the democratisation of printed publications.

I was recently thrilled to give some of my images a bigger audience with a 6 page spread in issue 5 of Say Yes To Adventure magazine. The images and a few words were from a trip to Morocco in early 2015.  If you haven't seen this magazine, you should.  In a time where magazine content seems to get thinner and thinner and is mostly a vehicle to sell advertising SYTA is a breath of fresh air.  It is a big, fat quarterly packed full of ordinary people's stories about their interesting adventures.  The layout and production is beautiful.  What is more impressive is that it is the result of one young woman, Hollie Woodhouse, not giving up on a very ambitious dream.  Between publishing each issue Hollie fits in regular graphic design work, and an exhausting schedule of adventures based around ultra marathon running.  All of this is done with an infectious sense of adventure and happiness.