"Tell your brother about me, I'll come over and photograph his wedding."
This was a conversation around Christmas 2015 over skype to a friend who lived in Germany. She asked her brother and showed him my work and they booked my flights over... What started as a light-hearted statement turned into over a month of traveling through a few European countries!
My first stop was Germany
From Auckland, I flew into Sydney, Abu Dhabi and then into Frankfurt. I then took the fastest train I'd ever been on towards a small town called Altensteig where some friends were picking me up from and looked after me for about a week while I photographed the wedding. Such a beautiful place.
Once I had finished work in Germany and got used to the time zone I heading down to Basel to stay with a friend. He took me to a battleground in France one day and was a very surreal experience. The only other time I've felt like this was visiting the battlegrounds in Gallipoli, Turkey in 2008. To think during WW1 nearly 30,000 men had died on the ground I was walking over had me feeling very emotional. War is a crazy thing.
Basel | Switzerland
Staying with friends is the best when travelling. It makes you feel like your at home even though you're on the other side of the planet. This city is on the boarder of Switzerland, France and Germany and is so beautiful!
Lake Konstanz | Germany
I ventured down with a few friends to visit Lake Konstanz. It was such an amazing place to be I enjoyed the views of the Austrian Alps at the other end of the lake. I spent a few days biking around the city, swimming in thermal baths, and burning fires under the stars beside the lake with friends.
Zürich | Switzerland
I was meeting up with some friends from New Zealand in Zürich and boy was I glad I did. This was the one city I wish I spend more time in as it's so beautiful and lively.
London | UK
After my adventuring around a few countries I flew to London for some more photography work and to meet up with a few friends before flying back home to NZ
I've travelled before but this is the longest I've ever been away from New Zealand. I loved it and am so glad that a simple conversation with a friend lead to me experiencing such amazing places and doing things that I never thought were possible. I definitely came back to New Zealand more inspired and challenged as person to keep moving forward in life. The world is big to a country boy from New Zealand but boy I want to keep adventuring around this beautiful planet!