Dippin’ in the travel stash

I like stashes.  I like keeping stashes.  Sometimes I purposely stash shit in places I know I’ll forget about only so I can stumble upon it again one day and surprise myself.

So what DO I stash…ha…chocolate, pharms, clove cigarettes, mementos from special occasions.  Oh yeah…foreign currency.

Today’s capture of the day is just me diggin thru a bunch of left over money from places I’ve visited trying to scrape up enough Thai Baht for a taxi from the airport to my hotel when I land in Bangkok.  And maybe enough Korean Won for a Starbucks when I transfer in Seoul.  Since I’m considering a side trip over to Cambodia it wouldn’t hurt to grab some Riel outta the stash either, huh?  Although USD is always the preferred method of payment in Cambodia.

On to digging…


Great idea. Now how am I going to pull this off?

Endearing Yourself

One week out from leaving and I’m still wrapping up loose odds and ends related to work I’m doing here.  I haven’t had the time to actually sit down and formulate a plan on how I’m going to execute the project I’m heading overseas to do.  I mean, I have a very developed idea, it’s not that.  It’s the part where I actually pull it off.  The project in and of itself is loosely centered around the theme of being “untouched by the hands of time”.  That’s open enough where it allows me creative liberty to explore a variety of interpretations.   Yet also so wide that without a focus it could just get all A.D.D leaving no connecting line between images therefore making for a choppy story.

It’s going to require that I interact with people.  It’s going to require that I make myself understood and endear myself to the people I’m working with. Fortunately I’ll have access to the cultural center all day and night during my stay.  Hoping to maybe start around there and see what type of connections I can make with the locals.

I guess most important is going to be my need to communicate that I’m working on an art project.  Just brushing up on some pre-flight vocabs.  To any of my Thai friends out there reading this….I apologize in advance for my poor spelling.  I’ve probably written something offensive somewhere.  ขอโทษนะขรับ

 


Technical Rambling

 

In my last post I was talking about what to pack for the trip.  There’s clothing and basics and then there’s technical stuff.  The technical stuff is perhaps the toughest part since a lot of stuff is fragile, valuable or both.  I don’t want to over pack and bring gear that I’m not going to use but then again I’d sure hate to be left in a situation where I’m damning myself for leaving behind a roll of special effects film for the ONE time I’m out in the bush and I feel like shooting color infrared.

Bringing the Bronica is a no-brainer.  But what to load it with?  I only have one back as of today although I may pick up another before I leave if I can find one at a decent price and that can get here in 6 days.

So here’s my arsenal of film, 2 rolls of Black and White Ilford XP2, 3 rolls of Fuji Velvia 50 for some really vivid max saturation work.  One roll of Lomo Purple which is supposed to mimic color infrared film.  On order… 3 rolls of Black and White Ilford HP5


2 weeks out from 6 weeks out. What would you bring?

Two weeks from today I leave for sabbatical.  There…I said it.  It’s real now and it’s getting more real as each day passes. I wanted to pickup on my travel blog in an effort to train myself to create at least one capture per day.  Since I’ll be working on a special project while I’m traveling this will ensure that I have a daily deadline to meet and that I stay focused on the project; or at least on photography.

I went and fished out my bags today and I’m here staring at them trying to figure out what to pack in which bags.  There’s necessities of course, and then there’s the valuables which you always wanna make sure are in your carry-on.

The current plan has me traveling for at least 6 weeks.  At the end of 6 weeks, I guess I’ll decide what comes next for me.  I’m keeping an open mind about this project and journey.  Inevitably, I’ll get lonely and miss the comforts of my home since I’ll be traveling alone.  So that being said, I’ll toss this question out in the open forum….