In recent months I've had really itchy feet to get out into the wild and live without the distractions of social media and technology. I've always been the kind of person to stay connected with nature and the land.
For the past few weeks it has become abundantly clear to me that I need to take a break from everything that society throws at us, and really have my own headspace and thoughts to come up with some new ideas for photography and writing. I'm the kind of person that believes when you read and watch the same thing as everyone else, you conjure the same ideas as everyone else, and I want something fresh!
So, my aim at the moment is to leave the lovely city of Manchester around about the end of July, and get myself either to Wales, Scotland or The Lake District, with just me, a sleeping bag, and a one man tent. I know that the experience will be scary, and I'll probably be petrified at every little noise I hear! Small sounds of rabbits in the dark could easily get the imagination cogs turning, and no doubt I'll exaggerate it into the sound of a serial killer sharpening his axe to come and perform a gruesome 80's horror flick death upon me. Hopefully I'll get over that after the first few nights, and I can start to relax.
The reason I feel I need to go, is because I want to reconnect with nature, and enjoy the things we hardly ever notice in our everyday lives. The thought that technology is taking over our way of thinking and living is probably my biggest fear in life. We hardly ever enjoy each others company on a personal face to face level anymore. It's either a quick phone call, a Facebook message or a Twitter favourite. Don't get me wrong, technology does serve a huge part in my life, without it my career dreams would be none existent, but I do think it's good to exercise who you are without it.
So, some food for thought! I am a huge view of survival television, and the likes of Bear Grylls always inspire me! I've also read some amazing books, and watched some great films where human beings push themselves to the extremes. Have you ever seen the film In to the Wild? It's an inspirational story about a young man who has everything society wants from him. He decides he doesn't want to live in the rat race any more, and heads off to the harsh landscape of Alaska! He hunts and forages for food, and lives a quiet life on his own. Okay, it doesn't turn out how he planned at the end, but he finally finds what he's been searching for. It's an inspiring true story directed by Sean Penn! You should check it out!
So, if anyone knows of any beautiful places I can visit on my journey, let me know! I'll be taking a camera, so be sure that when I arrive back home with a smelly beard, you can see all the great places I have visited!
Ciao for now,
James Phoenix Hill