Sunday, May 3, 2015

3 overlooked essentials for travel.

I'm often asked what do I recommend people bring on trips and I do have a few products that I believe are game changers and are first in my pack when I'm heading off on a photographic assignment or out into the wild for a few days.

1. Eagle Creek Pack-it cubes:
Several of these will make the endless packing and unpacking of travelling a breeze. It allows you to turn your backpack into compartments of space that you can stack. There are a number of knock offs of this product on the market but I tend to stick with Eagle Creek because they are well made, robust and after a decade of dragging mine around the world there isn't so much as a broken zip pull or a tear in the material. Absolute gold and real time saver. Not to mention it encourages you to pack more effectively and get the most out of the space you have.

2. Power Monkey:
Smart phones are great but we all know the battery life in them is absolutely terrible. Whether you out in the wilderness or on a long bus rider, The Power monkey Explorer edition allows you to keep a spare charge with you at all times. It comes with a number of international plug adaptors and phone adaptors. So you can plug it in at your hotel and power it up or give a new friend some juice for their device.

One really cool feature is the solar folding solar panel that comes with the power pack. Simply attach the panel to the top of your rucksack, connect it up to the Power Monkey and you catching the sun's rays and turning them into power. Great when your out in the middle of nowhere!

3. Eat n' Tool
I can't eat wet food with my hands. I've tried, I've had Indian friends try to teach me but I end up looking like my baby son at lunch time i.e. caked in fruit pureé.

Thats where the Eat n Tool comes in. Its small and light so goes in my EDC travel pack and it has a couple of handy features:
  • Multiple tools in one: spoon, fork, bottle opener
  • Includes three hex wrenches
  • Equipped with a carabiner for convenient transport
  • Large central hole for finger gripping and keeps tool weight down (not sure that's an actual feature...)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Digital Photographer Magazine interview

Tearsheets from my recent interview and portfolio piece with Digital Photographer Magazine. Really delighted with how it came out.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Great hammock rig video

Great video on setting up a hammock by Big Albino Bear who also happens to be a photographer! Most of this gear is available in the UK bar the whoopee slings so if you have a good source for them please drop me a mail.

**Update** Never mind the brilliant people in the Facebook bushcraft forum hooked me up. If you're looking for hammock info go here

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Story of Your Enslavement.

Stefan Molyneux breaks down how society works and your place in it.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Patti Smith: Advice to the young.

"Build a good name", rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. "Don't worry about earning a bunch of money, be concerned about doing good work. Keep your name clean. Eventually your name will become it's own currency".

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Is the biggest Pyramid in the world Bosnia?

The small unassuming town of Visoki, just 30km from Sarajevo was put on the international map when in 2005 Bosnian archaeologist Dr Semir Osmanagić claimed its home to the biggest and oldest pyramid in the world, the Bosnian' Pyramid of the Sun'.  I visited the site in August 2014 with my friend and photographer colleague Geoff Harris to investigate the site. The full gallery of my shots from this trip can be seen here. Doctor Osmanagić  claims Visočica hill, which dominates the town is not a hill but is in fact an ancient step pyramid that is up to 12,000 years old pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids by 7000 years! Not only that if it a pyramid its three times the size of the great pyramid of Giza.

And people he's not alone in this belief. Each year thousands of tourists from across Russia and Eastern Europe flock to the site. I met volunteers from France and the UK who had come to help excavate the site. Excavations beneath the pyramid have revealed a tunnel complex with natural pools that the Dr claims have healing properties due to the high level of 'negative ions' in the area. They have recorded a Schumann resonance of 7,83 hz under the pyramid which they claim is conducive to healing. They encourage visitors to place their hands above the large stones found during the excavation to sense the energy. The water is bottled and sold in the souvenir stands outside for 10 euro a small bottle.

There are sections of the side of the mountain that are covered in what is suggested to be an ancient form of man made concrete. This type of concrete was used by the Romans but could it have been in use some 12,000 years ago? Great blocks of the 'concrete' have been cleared of debris to reveal a large area cladding the structure. On top of this a smooth surface which the Dr proposes originally covered the structure before the years had hidden it from view. This area of the site is very mysterious and while this type of conglomerate can occur in nature this area does look artificial and has turned many a sceptic into a believer.

(For more photographs of the site go here)
The site has divided the archaeological world and Dr Osmanagić is surrounded by controversy with many experts claiming its either plain wrong and at worst an elaborate hoax. The site has divided experts and is steeped in controversy. However Egyptian archaeologist Dr Nabil Mohamed Abdel Swelim who discovered four pyramids in Egypt has gone on record saying he's convinced the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun is an 'amazing structure of great importance for the entire world'. Further to this a team of Archaeologists, Egyptologists and geologists led by Professor Mona Fouad Aly (Conservation Dept, Faculty of Archaeology Cairo University) stated her team came to the following conclusion: 'Everything that we have seen so far tells us that human hands built these structures a long time ago.'  

Whatever the truth is, it has not revealed itself yet and the site continues to fascinate the curious across the world.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014