In a Peruvian town called Aguas Calientes, no bigger than say...Westfield in Bondi Junction...they still live in much the same manner they have for hundreds of years.
This pic is actually a bit haunting for me.
While traveling through Nepal in 2014, for many reasons I was delayed getting out of the country. At the time, it was intolerable. But looking back, it was a life changing 5 weeks. I ended up meeting a friend of mine who'd been traveling for about 4yrs, and arrived while I was there - Dave Gorham. We spent a few days in Kathmandu walking around the main squares, and one afternoon we saw a rooftop bar in the middle of a fairly dirty, impoverished area. So up we went and I saw these beautiful, bright colourful flowers and snapped this picture of them.
In the background is the main square of Kathmandu. The central hub, where they trade, pray, sacrifice to the Gods, it is where their main temple stands and, due to religious beliefs, dictates infrastructure - as it's the main centre where religion reigns supreme, no buildings within eyesight are to be any taller. Hence there are so many people on the street - there are no buildings more than 4 story, yet there are 5million people.
Shortly after I arrived back in Australia, news broke of the devastating earthquake in Kathmandu that took so many lives.
Now, I'll show you an updated picture of that square that was posted by a news team - but before I do, look closely towards the umbrellas in the top right - just under the railings you'll see some flowers.
That's the same little flower bed.
Fucking insane. Fucking devastating. Fucking goosebumps. I feel every day for my Nepali brothers and sisters.
A freshwater lake in Patagonia, Chile, boasts some of the most incredibly coloured icebergs floating about the world. They are LITERALLY that blue, and the photo does not do justice to the sheer enormity of them. This one was probably about 30 to 40m wide.
In the middle of the Main Square of my favourite city in the world, is an ancient Catholic Church, which I donned a Cathedral, cause it's the only one - so it may as well be. Photo unedited.
An Eye Full
Cliche as all hell, but a pic of the tower. When I arrived in France (October 2014, I think?) my mate Michael Vettas, who happens to be a photographer and happened to be in the same country, allowed me his tripod so that I could snap the image. Still not as perfect as I'd like it to be, but as close as I could get.
My mate and colleague, Mason Andrews - Bali, 2014
Sam - my ex, and one of my best mates, has the most beautiful eyes of anybody. This is at that same lake with the icebergs, tasting the freshest and most pure frozen water on Earth directly from the ice caps of Patagonia. He'll hate this pic, but I love it.
Of all the "profiles" I've ever snapped - this is close to a favourite. Capturing a really cool moment between nephew LuKa and uncle Ripley.
Durga's Dug Out
This is Durga.
Durga owned the hotel I stayed in while I was in Kathmandu, and when I got "stuck" in the country, he took me to his home town of Gorkha to meet his family and show me this house - the house he grew up in. I slept on the floor for two nights, it was really cool.
In the 2015 earthquake, every life in this town was lost.
And on Boxing Day 2015, Durga passed away from a heart attack.
Nepal. The country that won't leave me alone.
Machu. Miss You.
One of the happiest days of my life, where I was at my most sombre and at peace - the very spiritual Machu Piccu in Peru. Climbing up and reaching this view point was a moment that quite literally took my breath away. Not joking - I forgot to breathe.
The National Park of Patagonia, Chile - Torres De Paine.
PARTY OF FIVE
Brett, Dale, Danielle, Corey and Josh Nolan. 2016.
Torres De Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile.
A 2km wide glacier in Argentina's half of Patagonia. This is about 50m of it. Fuckin mental.
Welli's Purple Scarf.
On our last day in South America, 2012, my grandparents, my ex-partner Sam and myself travelled south to the vineyards of Chile. This photo was taken as a test for one that we eventually staged properly, all standing straight and cuddly and what not. I don't know where that other one is but I don't care - because this one is so much better.
On the Indonesian island of Gili Meno, November (or December?) 2014 with Murray, Leslie, Deb and Mason - I was laying down on a pergola type situation outside our condo, and snapped this by accident trying to set the camera right for the light at the time. I don't know why, but I REEEEAAAAALLY love this pic. Maybe it's the lack of symmetry, the earthly colours...the story behind it...I dunno. But it's one of my all time favourite pics of mine.
The most beautiful town in the world, at least of the ones I've been to. At 11,000ft altitude, we found that smoking actually helped us breathe easier.
The Lock Of Love
The infamous bridge in Paris, France - I wasn't even looking for it and forgot it even existed! But on a walk one day stumbled across it.
The island of Gili Meno - Bali, Indonesia. 2014. Their main form of transport around the island is by horse and cart - everything is transported in this manner. I don't know how I feel about it, because it's necessary for efficiency, but I don't like animals working.
On the Spanish Island of Ibiza, with one of my best mates Joshua Steele, having some late afternoon beers.
Taken as I was walking to my hotel in Ibiza. Day one, my "holiday" after 4 months of traveling.
When you think "Himalayas", you think snow capped peaks and giant fucking mountains. Not beautiful jungles, noisy rivers, mosquito's and spiders.
This is on an 8 day trek I did, which was such a gruelling task that I decided (as a backpacker) I would wear the same clothes....yep, even THOSE clothes, for 9 days straight. Cause I couldn't afford to ruin any of the rest.
To get an idea of the size of that rock - just left to it, is a man. If you didn't notice.
Thailand - 2014.
Himalayan Trek, August 2014.
In Nepal, and in Hindu culture in general, it is customary to cremate those who pass and offer their remains back to The Gods.
They burn the bodies with minimal covering, after washing them in the river. In other words - you see it all. It was something I didn't think I'd cope with very well, but ended up going back. Three times. It's quite an amazing and beautiful experience, where they celebrate life and celebrate returning to where we came from.
The orange on the right hand side of this photo is a fire that is purifying a dead body.
A Nepali local......sitting by the fence there on the right.
And a Nepali...I dunno...parliamentarian, judge, lawyer, doctor, King...standing centre.
A bit of The Nolan family, taken for Mothers Day 2016.
Not taken by me, but of me...by my mate Alexander Carr. Watching a sunrise over the Himalayan Mountain, specifically Fishtail Mountain (clearly visible) - the highest snow capped mountain in the world.
Mt. Everest is not actually considered snowcapped, at least by the locals...I've never googled that - the snow starts just a little tiny bit down from the peak.