Before I began my Bachelor of Arts Photography degree at RMIT University, I never would have imagined I would be travelling overseas for my first time. Of course in this day and age we may tend to build our perceptions of what the world is based upon from media communication and discourse with friends and family. We then may stereotype which assists us in recognising or labelling various cultures. In the European summer of 2013, my close university friends and I experienced a spontaneous adventure for several weeks.
I began to open my eyes and discover various cultures, food, lifestyles, and a diverse range of people which made me more open and accepting of the world I live in. Ironically enough, I found myself photographing and recreating the urban and rural landscapes in the way I stereotypically imagined it. To simply say I was focusing on the decisive moments.
At the age of 20 and being the first to experience this amount of exotic travel, it led me to consider my position in life and the extent of future possibilities. It was important for me to have my time alone to soak up my distant surroundings. From these moments in my own company, I learnt in many forms the significance of taking care of the body and mind of the self. The outcome was a collection of dazed experimental representations of these moments alone in constructed composites of myself.
By the end of our journey in various deeply historical countries in Europe, I built up a bank of photos doing something I enjoy doing most – hand-standing. I took my love of fitness and this concentration in balance through my creative nature and produced a collage. For me this collage coming back from Europe signifies a turning point for me within fitness after such an incredibly life changing journey. I continue to transform and see not only fitness and photography, but the WORLD through another perspective. You never know where life can take you.