Take me anywhere. ANYWHERE! and I'll find my way to the snowcapped mountains. On the way to a shoot in Spain i took a little detour down to Morocco. Flew into Marrakech, hung out for a few days, rented a car, drove over the Altas Mountains to the beginning of the Sahara. Pretty cool.
Unbelievable. I have gotten into some wild adventures, but this one takes the cake. Long story short, on my way home from a shoot in Sri Lanka I stopped off in India, a few days after arriving I found myself riding a 350cc Royal Enfield around the Ladakh region. I was instantly in love. Ladakh combines the high altitude (13000+ feet just at the airport!) landscapes of bolivia with the rugged mountain peaks of Alaska. I found my new favorite place in the world. The highlight of the trip was attempting (I'm adventures but not stupid) to take the Royal Enfield up to the highest road pass in the world. Unfortunately it was a little to early in the season and somewhere around 17,000 feet I had to turn back after encountering solid sheets of ice. I was one switch back away from the top! Oh well, just gives me an excuse to return.
I love mountains.
And here is something totally different (and kind of bizarre). A little behind the scenes video from Bolivia.
Karaköy is a neighborhood in Istanbul that is rapidly changing. ALong the water front are old metal shops and stores, mostly serving the shipping industry, but as you move up the hill it turns into a banking and commercial center. The shops along the water front are slowing being pushed out and recently a new shopping area was built outside the city center where the shops were suppose to move to, but many shops refused to move. I'm obsessed with workshops (Motorcycle shops, wood shops, old tools, etc) so I was instantly drawn to this area. On the last day I was Istanbul I went down to Karaköy with a translater and talked to some of the shop owners. It was a rainy saturday and a lot of shops were closed up, but here are a few shots. I'm planning to do a series of craftsman's and their workspaces, so this proved to be a great chance to try out the diptych approach.
Kadir, Karaköy, Istanbul - Kadir makes custom length steel cables for towing and lifting applications.
Sabri Senol outside of his workshop. Karaköy, Istanbul
Using a lave from 1966, Sabri Senol producers pulleys, rollers and other customs parts for the shipping industry.
Tucked above a metal shop is Mustafa Aydemir's personal workshop, where he builds traditional turkish instruments.
Mustafa sitting in his workshop. Back corner for his workshop.