Having the time to relax and observe. Only today I was discussing with my house mate the complexities of being financially stable with a life enriched in personal time, opposed to being financially well off and having no time for yourself and only time for your profession. Both situations produce arguments with pro’s and con’s. To understand what you need to have a happy life is the best question of all. How much is enough, and when will you be happy with what you have. Everyone is smiling in Bolivia, and they have nothing at all.
Pretty excited to see this lad come 21st of December. Just in time for a dash in and dash out, as this time of the year would have it. Christmas requires extra special discipline. Old friends return home, holidays and the university break add temptations to the equation.
Who ever said a little bit of fun could lead to trouble.
I grew up with Trent Larkman. I spent my adolescent years nosing around car parks, hanging out at the beach, listening to music and going to shows, all with this dude. We usually go for at least a year between visits, we chat occasionally. It makes it all the sweeter knowing that there are amazing people out there that really know who you are and really care for you at the right times. I once attributed to Trent breaking his leg; I chased him out of a school bus, as you did at fourteen, he subsequently tripped and the story go’s from there. He forgave me, and we have been best friends ever since. What a bloke.
The worlds most dangerous road. Bolivia hosts many adventure activities, and its not hard to believe that riding down an uncovered road with no barriers to the 600-800m depths below ,on a high performance, down hill bicycle at high speeds would be out of the question. I would recommend it to anyone.
My photography enables me to go back through the years, to times like this with Thomas and Martina. We spent three days out at Sam Joseph’s farm house, drinking, smoking and talking. All we did was talk, and laugh. And we stayed up late, until we couldn’t talk or laugh anymore. I love both of these people, in such different ways, and I don’t think that we would ever be together again, in a place like this, at a time like this. Martina is in Canada, and Thomas could be anywhere in the world, at any time. But these images, will always be here.
Maxy Tynan has been working Splendour in the Grass for as long as I can remember. And every year he manages to take care of so many people’s booze, food and the occasional slip through the back gate entry thank you very much.
I really need to do more of this in my life. Start it young and keep it going when your old. I took this photo skating around Mendoza in Argentina. I just got off the bus from Buenos Aires, it was quite chilly, and all I wanted was a glass of red wine.
Potosi Mountain is deep, dark and hollow. Four hours traversing the underground mining tunnels that can’t be compared against. I have had several discussions with people regarding Potosi, with most having differing views, based on different experiences. You will find that people who chose not to go down into the mine based there opinion on stories of cave ins, deaths, danger and Spanish Conquistadors. But the people who did venture down, came back with a newfound appreciation of all already said and more.
It is a place born out of Spanish greed and turned into a life force for the local Bolivians. The life expectancy of a miner is approximately 10 - 15 years, lack of oxygen, silicosis and extreme working conditions bring about deaths on a regular basis. The monetary return for ones family far outweighs the safety of the miners life. People in Potosi continue to worship this mountain, it looms over there city, providing them with shade and warmth, and a sense of pride.