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The Yukon Quest is a sled dog race where mushers, with their teams of 9-14 dogs, embark on a 1000 mile journey from Fairbanks, Alaska (US) to Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada), and I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the last few days following these 24 incredible mushers run with their dogs through some impressive Alaskan and Yukon landscapes. Working with the Quest as part of their photography/media team, I’ve seen an impressive display of what the Quest is and means to the people who are involved, and thought I’d share a glimpse of my experience following the Yukon Quest so far!

Behind the scenes, to make the quest happen, volunteers give up hours of their time to help where needed, community members contribute baked goods and warm food for mushers and volunteers, dedicated handlers tend tirelessly to dog teams, and hardcore fans enduring the subarctic weather to cheer on their favourite mushers and dog teams, the list goes on and on.

So, over the past few days fully diving into the race and getting to know about the mushers and understanding the relationship between them and their dogs, it’s clear that it’s more than just a bunch of guys riding on sleds behind dogs, the race itself is almost like its own a culture – of enthusiasm and passion and perseverance. Love it!

  

  

We’re only 6 days in – looking forward to what’s next!

And if you haven’t seen the video, enjoy:

In the midst of finalizing the production of ‘A Lovely Tale’ and prepping for my upcoming Yukon Quest adventure, I seem to have neglected to post an update with a few photos from a recent adventure in the oh-so-beautiful Swiss Alps – enjoy the following few photos, featuring a bit of skiing at the lovely Villars-Gryon!

Beachy views, delicious pintxos, and warm weather coupled with creative folk and inspiring presentations: what more could you ask for?

Not a whole lot, I’d say.

Lucky for me, having attended the Image Conference in San Sebastian this past week, that’s pretty much a picture of the last few days! Not to mention, it was held in the beautiful Kursaal Congress Palace right on the beach. A match made in heaven, really.

 

The conference itself was set to contemplate notions of what the image is in modern day, and how its role is ever evolving across such a broad range of disciplines. With presentations on everything from technical aspects of image-making to those on theories of image representation, there was an abundance of interesting information and, better yet, discussions. If not a bit of an information overload, it was easy to pull something from each presentation – kind of exciting how so many different disciplines can have so many threads in common!

Having submitted and presented my first conference paper as well- ‘The Digital Design of Photography – Digital Photographic Manipulation & Its Representation of Reality‘ – I got some really amazing feedback, and heard some really great discussions afterward! Also, I am super grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the conference’s Graduate Scholar Award, and absolutely couldn’t be happier with the experience overall.

As a bonus, flying out of Bilbao, I got to swing by this lovely place:

Why yes, it is the Guggeneheim Museum! Stunning, right?

All in all, it was definitely an excellent way to spend a few days and boost the creative thinking and inspiration back into gear overdrive for this semester! I’m excited to see what other exciting creative endeavors await… stay tuned for info on my upcoming major photo + cgi project!

Earlier this summer I heard about the idea of Microadventures – mini adventures that inspire you to take a break from the busy-ness of life and get out and cycle/walk/run/hike/swim/explore somewhere new. Because really, why not?

As I am always a fan of new adventures, I found a fellow adventurous spirit (yes, that’s you Emma) and we set off on our own cycling-inspired microadventure. Despite threatening clouds (and frequent stops to repair Murray, my trusty cycle) we ventured from Belfast to the coast south of Comber, and set up ‘camp’ somewhere under the stars between the incoming tide and field of fresh looking leaks. It was beautiful, indeed.

So without further adieu, I present to you, our visual documentation* of the journey!

*In the spirit of adventure, I opted to experiment with motion instead of still photography. For the record, it’s harder than one might think to hold a camera steady while cycling and trying desperately not to crash…

As a designer and photographer, I love how inspiration can be found in so many place, how a bit of fresh air and 24 hours without a computer does wonders for the brain! Needless to say, I’m definitely addicted to the idea of microadventures; now I just need to find a bag that’s bigger on the inside to fit enough layers for warmth in the coming winter…

I think Alastair Humphreys is my new hero.

Actually, I’m pretty sure he is. Having cycled around the world (including a stint in a canoe) and written excitingly about it, Humphreys is a proper adventurer who is all about embracing life while we have it. Also, he decided he wanted to take photos to document this, so he bought a camera and started taking a photo a day; awesome!


Photo by Alastair Humphreys

You can probably see a trend here in my inspiration series, that I greatly admire people who follow their passions no matter what they are or how crazy they seem. Seriously, what would you tell me if I said I was going to drop everything and cycle around the world? How awesome would it be if I didn’t care and went and had the time of my life anyway?

I guess my equivalent of river jumping was when I quite firmly decided the following four things:
1) I wanted to make the world prettier through unique visual communication
2) I wanted to make design and photography accessible
3) I wanted to live a lifestyle where I could afford to travel and experience new places
3) I wanted to find a way to make a living off of it

Hence, in 2009, LiveLaugh was officially born. It was my river.

Passion wins, every time.

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