DEPARTURE

28. Canadian Born. Resident of Australia.
I'm always on the road.

Kirkwood has been blessed with plenty of fluffy stuff as spring sees Tahoe covered in snow. Enjoy!

Went to oakland with my brother. Had loads of fun. Saw the warriors beat the celtics. Ate awesome food from the food trucks at the museum.

Went to oakland with my brother. Had loads of fun. Saw the warriors beat the celtics. Ate awesome food from the food trucks at the museum.

Download on the Heavenly gondola, overlooking south lake after a solid storm delivered us 24”-36” of freshies.

Download on the Heavenly gondola, overlooking south lake after a solid storm delivered us 24”-36” of freshies.

Fallen Leaf Lake, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Fallen Leaf Lake, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Washoe Lake, NV

This was taken after I’d put the new filter kit into use. Processed as shot through the Lee Filter system. Loving getting to use these.

Washoe Lake, NV

This was taken after I’d put the new filter kit into use. Processed as shot through the Lee Filter system. Loving getting to use these.

Joel @ Washoe Lake, Nevada

Joel @ Washoe Lake, Nevada

Reno Proves Righteous

Alright so I’m going to copy what I’ve done on my own website to keep things rolling on this ol’ tumblr.

I’me keeping a photo/travel blog for my trip of South Lake Tahoe over at www.grahamgee.com/sltblog if you’re interested in checking it out. Slowly moving things over to my own webspace.

Everything so far with regards to planning for this trip has gone absolutely seamlessly. It’s almost as if Joel and I are waiting for something to go absolutely HORRIBLY wrong. 

It’s a good thing, we had a great trip over from Sydney right through to San Francisco where we met the couple that we have leased the apartment off for the season. Two super nice people who have done a lot to make this apartment so comfortable to live in. They’re the same people who have let us use their truck for the season, which has proved to be such a help, especially on a day like today. Our trip to Reno. 

Before we left I’d arranged a supply of beer from PBR. Today, we went to pick it up. 20 cartons of 24 16oz (473ml) cans. 

480 cans of beer.  227 Litres.

We drove out to Reno in our truck, a 2001 Ford Ranger XLT. Aptly named ‘Ranger Stacey’. The drives around here are absolutely stunning. The mountains drop off on the North Eastern side of Lake Tahoe and the decline opens up to the dry desert area of Carson City, Nevada. A perfect day for a great road trip.

This was also the first time I had properly been able to give my filter set a good go and see some results I’m reasonably happy with. I’ve got more coming and really looking forward to having those for this trip. 

I’d also like to thank everyone for the birthday love from back home. They’re a day ahead and the flood of messages and well wishes from friends and family was really nice to come home to see. None more so, than the message I received from my girlfriend.

So cheers to free beers!

G

The Sounds of Silence

I’ve spent the last couple of days smiling and laughing like I haven’t in such a long time. It’s been refreshing to be around someone like this.

Someone that doesn’t feel the need to awkwardly break a perfect silence with meaningless conversation.

I really enjoy those moments.

You’re outside, up high, no one around. It’s a nice day. You’re laying down looking up at the clouds with them, chatting away, when all of a sudden it stops. There’s nothing. There doesn’t need to be anything.

I was wondering the other day how long it would take to actually sink in that I won’t be working for the next six months, yet now it’s just kind of feeling like i’m going to be away for six months.

So it’s been a while.

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted on here. I’ll be back and a little more active again once I start shooting a bit more, which is most certainly going to happen given where i’ll be over the next 6 months to, well, maybe a year.

I’ve spent the last two years in a staff role with the company I work for. It was a great change and I enjoyed all the challenges it presented. We had a downturn in work and a lot of people weren’t sure where they’d be going or if they’d have a job, so I approached my manager about the possibility of heading overseas, before I got too far ahead of my thoughts.

I was given the green light and after a bit of to and fro over heading to Canada, Japan or the USA, I settled on the states.

So here I am, 3 weeks away from another trip of a lifetime. At no point will I ever question how lucky I am. With the way my work goes, how it all lined up and to be given this sort of opportunity a second time around is phenomenal and I plan to make the very best of it.

I’ll be basing myself in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Chasing the winter.

The last couple of months have been quite eventful, I’ve been through some minor surgery and very nearly broken my toe. But the biggest obstacle I hit was clearing the path to move my things back home. My Dad is a chronic hoarder. To the point that these days, anything we throw out, we have to completely destroy, else it makes it’s way back into the house. Yes. From the bin/rubbish pile/whatever.

It’s a painful situation that has driven my mum into a separate bedroom as useless, utter shit was piled and piled into their bedroom.

I threw out a lot of these useless things from the garage over the long weekend. I managed a half car load to the tip from my own room, as well as a full car load to the tip from the garage. 4 milk crates full of useless/irrelevant mail to the recycling. Then I was ready to move back in.

I was in beast mode cleaning and it’s paid off. After the long weekend, I was back at work for 5 days and on Sunday October 13th, I worked my last shift for at least the next 7 months. It still hasn’t sunk in and I’m not sure it will for another couple of days.

Friends have asked me why I haven’t settled down. Other friends have told me that I’m too much of a restless spirit - I’m always on the move. True in some respect, but at twenty seven going on twenty eight I’m happy that I haven’t settled. I’ve got plenty of living in me yet and I don’t mean that in a selfish manner by any means - I would love to share a lot of these things. Absolutely.

I’m not sure if it’s a bitter perspective, a jealous perspective or a genuine perspective, but sometimes people get a bit funny when you’re heading away on an extended holiday/stay/move/however you want to put it.

One that rings the bell was when someone texted me saying they hoped I find what I am looking for. I didn’t quite understand, to be honest.

I’m not looking for anything in particular.

I’m certainly not running from anything, as I’m coming back.

People have this idea that travelling is about a search for something.

Or someone.

This trip, for me, is about nothing more than going to a place I’ve always wanted to go, ever since I first saw photos of the Sierra Nevada Range towering over Lake Tahoe when I was younger. I’ll be sharing it with some genuinely good and fun people.

I don’t like to use the word a lot, but it is amazing when your mind is clear how much sense (or how little, for that matter) things can make.

I can’t wait until Thursday.

alla y’all should head over and follow littlelobby.tumblr.com and follow her on instagram @littlelobby. Looking forward to working with this cool cat in the near future!

alla y’all should head over and follow littlelobby.tumblr.com and follow her on instagram @littlelobby. Looking forward to working with this cool cat in the near future!

Out yesterday for an evening/sunset shoot on Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. A beautiful little corner of the world.

Out yesterday for an evening/sunset shoot on Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. A beautiful little corner of the world.

Some new photos en-queue on grahamgee.com

Some new photos en-queue on grahamgee.com

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people should plan their travel routes with 7eleven slurpees in mind.

Let out all the wolves, I’m happy living in a dumpster world.

Let out all the wolves, I’m happy living in a dumpster world.

don’t give a fuck on site cause #YOLO

don’t give a fuck on site cause #YOLO