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From 'Zero to Zero'

In January 2017, I set off on a journey around the world, starting at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. My objective was to photograph the people, landscapes and wildlife as I circumnavigated the globe - returning four months later, once again to the prime meridian.

Over the course of 118 days, I travelled through eleven countries in four continents by plane, car and boat, experiencing a rich diversity of cultures and satisfying my passion for travel and nature photography. Even though I’ve trekked previously in Nepal, nothing quite prepared me for the assault on my senses on arrival in India, my first destination - made even more spellbinding by its diffuse light and colour. In South East Asia, I visited Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.With the help of a guide and driver, I could visit some of the most iconic places in the world and observe the contrasting cultures, many shaped by communism and conflict.

In the vast expanse of the Australian Outback, through to the temperate rainforests and volcanic terrain of New Zealand, I saw how the landscape has impacted upon indigenous people. And in the national parks of America, amongst the big vistas and vast skies of the southern United States, I was blessed with witnessing normally barren and unforgiving deserts in full spring bloom.

A stopover in Iceland, a land forged by fire and ice, before returning to Greenwich four months after first setting off, helped to complete ‘the circle’. The challenge now, has been to choose the best images from nearly 12,000 to represent my time behind the lens. Here are a few of my favourites that will feature in my forthcoming exhibition at Skidby Village Hall, East Yorkshire (30th Mar - 2nd April 2018).