Sixteen years ago, while I was working on the boat docks in Eilat, Israel, I met a kiwi guy named Josh.
He was a scruffy backpacker who that day was recovering from a rather wild afternoon in the desert. We became instant friends.
You know when you meet someone, and just have that feeling they’re going to be really successful at whatever they do? Josh told me he wanted to be a photographer and travel the world. He was somewhere around 20 years old at the time. I thought, Yep–he’ll make that happen.
So I’m really excited to share with you the adventure my kiwi friend, who has since become not only a photographer but an excellent filmmaker, has embarked on. As I write this, Josh has just flown from London to Oman on the start of a 24-day journey to 10 different countries, working with National Geographic.
Crazy, right? And yet, totally not.
On this trip, Digital Nomad is part of National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary Expedition, made possible with a private jet that’s carrying 80 people, including anthropologist Wade Davis, filmmakers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, primatologist/conservationist Mireya Mayor, and National Geographic photographers Michael Melford and Tim Laman. (Before learning more, I was familiar only with Wade Davis, but every single one of these people is incredibly inspiring–if you have a moment, check them out.)
The places: (This is where a touch of envy is really kicking in.)
Rwanda (to see gorillas!)
Okay, it’s more than a touch of envy…
But mostly, I’m just really stoked for my friend.
Josh is filming the journey and editing it on the go, with a short video from each place featured on Digital Nomad every few days. The trip will culminate in a longer film, featuring footage from the entire epic adventure, posted right at the end. No room for drawn-out creative decisions here (or much sleep)—this is high-quality storytelling, made under the demands of very limited time. But Josh has never shied away from a challenge.
Here are some of the images he’s captured in the last few years:
Want to join me in following along with Digital Nomad? It’s the closest I can get to strapping on my own backpack right now and jumping on a jet bound for some of the world’s most fascinating places. (Josh—thank you for taking us with you, through your lens and your talent!)