Our photographer on tour, Jimmy, will spend much of 2014 exploring the world with our travelers and capturing their adventures as they happen. Here, he tells us more about himself and his photography style.
Q: How did you get your start as a photographer?
A: I started working at age 15 with my dad, who owned a printing factory. I actually started using Photoshop with version 1.0 some 23 years ago. In 1994, I took my first and last photography class as an exchange student in California. I made my own film and developed it in a dark room. I’m grateful to have started with basic black and white photography. I think it is the best way to start to learn—even today!
Q: What made you decide to apply to the Go Ahead position?
A: When I read the description, I thought to myself that it was tailor-made for me—I just couldn’t believe it. Photography and travel are my major passions, and traveling around the world is something I have always dreamed of doing. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. I did not have to think for half a second before I started working on my resume.
Q: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
A: I am profoundly drawn to the act of creation itself. I think it’s magical to make things. Anything creative would be worth considering; I really enjoy design and architecture.
Q: What has been your favorite on-tour moment so far?
A: Shooting in Paris and Rome near the end of the day, with awesome light. In both occasions, I was in a great location so I knew I was shooting great stuff, which gives me such an intense feeling of joy and accomplishment. In general, my favorite part about being on tour so far has been meeting a lot of people—something I love to do. Being on the road for long periods of time can sometimes make you feel homesick, but I’ve really enjoyed the groups I’ve traveled with, having a conversation over a good glass of wine or even just chatting on the bus in between cities.
Q: What destination could you return to over and over again?
A: That is a hard one. But the one place I think I could always go back to is Botswana in Africa. I just love the continent. Its vibrant, raw beauty amazes me. I also enjoy Provence and the French Riviera. I think it is beautiful, the food and wine are great and the people are like the climate: very warm and welcoming.
Q: What moment in history would you have liked to photograph?
A: Armstrong setting foot on the moon. This is actually a dream of mine: traveling in space. Unaffordable now but who knows—maybe some day? When will Go Ahead have that tour? On Earth, Rome in the third century A.D. and the French Revolution in 1793 are two moments in history that I think would be amazing to witness.
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