Despite multi-million pound marketing campaigns portraying cruising as something for everyone, a quick visual check in Venice, St Vincent or Vanuatu will confirm that most passengers conform to the grey-haired, buffet-savaging stereotype.
And on every ship, there will a large proportion of cruise bores. They are the people who have no conversation other than listing the cruises they’ve been on, and the places they have been to as a result. They can offer no insight into those places beyond saying what a lovely time they had.
Excellent, will be in Tokyo during that time and am staying in the area.
Will almost certainly pop along (as long as I can find it - Tokyo maps seem incomprehensible to my eyes).
Omaha Nebraska, 2002
I’m happy to announce that I will be holding an exhibition of my work shot in my home state of Nebraska at Totem Pole Photo Gallery from Tuesday, October 23rd to Sunday, November 4th.
A journey or destination takes on life-changing status when you suddenly feel that inexplicable frisson that stirs your soul. It can be something as simple as a smile, the quality of light, or a hand carved wooden bowl, that can make you see life from a new perspective.
The country that affects me that way above all others is Japan; a hypnotic mix of rigid convention and outlandish weirdness, and the home of Zen.
Japan showed me how to appreciate beauty in a single moment or a simple object - the sweet hay smell of a tatami floor; a screen door sliding open to reveal the colours of the autumn trees; the sound of tea pouring.
The Japanese understand how beauty is most clearly seen in imperfection, and more importantly they understand the transience of nature - which is why cherry blossom is the perfect symbol of the Japanese soul.