By Tim E
31 May 2011
As I was sitting at home, browsing over some of my photos since this previous summer, I had a minor epiphany: over the last 9 months, I have traveled well over 20,000 miles in trips away from my home, all the while undergoing substantial personal development. To me that seemed like a fairly pivotal time in my life, noteworthy if nothing else. Undoubtedly with increasing globalization, extensive traveling is not in itself unheard of. In fact, I know many who have done a far greater deal of it than I, likely in a much shorter time span. All the same, while reflecting on how my own life transpired in addition to the traveling that was inspired by those changes, I can't help but feel some level of bewilderment. Though this essay only covers a short period of my life, it was a tumultuous one, during which I was able to enjoy a wide range of experiences that will remain vibrant memories moving forward.
The pictures I've decided to share in this essay are themselves somewhat disjointed from one another, purposefully so, however. My goal was not to have the images be tied together visually per say, but to have them embody the different places that they were taken in a way that reflects my own personal memories. In short, each photo is a type of manifestation of what I think of when I envision each of these different locations. Also, the photos are ordered chronologically to best mirror the actual trajectory of my travels covered here, covering my travels to the American Midwest, the Badlands, the Rocky Mountains, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Belize.