OK, that got your attention. I expect it’s the dream of many to quit the nine to five, travel the world, and take some pretty amazing photographs along the way. Not many people can or actually do turn this dream into reality.
Elijah Soloman Hurwitz however, is somebody who did actually do this. Here’s an introduction to a recount of his amazing journey:
What a cliché, right? Well, after ten years of desk jobs I threw in the proverbial towel to live out of a backpack for seven months while working towards a respectable documentary photography portfolio. It’s not lost on me that this was a privilege in the first place, and only by burning a bushel of my life savings, selling nearly everything, and subletting my place in NYC was I able to afford the means to AirBNB, couchsurf, WWOOF and hostel my way across 13 countries. Highlights included negotiating with Syrian ‘mafia’ in Istanbul while following a story on the illegal trafficking of refugees during a photojournalism workshop, driving myself around Africa in a 4×4 for three weeks, working on a buffalo farm in Ukraine, trekking in Kashmir during Ramadan, and shooting a two week NGO assignment for the UNDP in Moldova.
There’s quite an indepth reddit about his travels, and it’s well worth a look to check out Elijah’s portfolio. His photos are superb and it definitely makes me want to go on my own photographic adventure!