Crispin Zeeman, photographer, and Annemarie Papatheofilou, writer.
Together we are Buddha34 Travel Photography and Travel Writing.
Four continents, 30+ countries, I'm still travelling and still photographing this amazing world around me.
I never knew my Grandfather. He disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1929, long before I was born. Christian left his native Denmark when he was 22 - travelling through Siberia and 'last seen' in Japan.
I was just a few years old when I met the surviving members of his family in Denmark in 1968. They took one look at me and said, "That one is Christian all over again". More than 30 years and 30 countries later, I guess I was destined to travel.
I moved to Oxford in my 20s and was captivated by the majestic city that towered up around me. I felt compelled to photograph it - in case it changed. I wanted to share that sense of awe and wonder that I had felt when I first explored the historic city. There was no turning back; I fixed my gaze (and viewfinder) on the horizon, traveling and photographing the world beyond ever since.
My photographs always tell a story. They are a celebration of life, of the diversity of the world around us; the beauty of land, the richness of each culture, the human spirit, the pure emotion.
Many of the people I have met have impressed me with their strong, proud sense of cultural identity. It is in the eyes of these people that I most often feel the greatest connection with another world. I am compelled by my encounters with people and their cultures to capture their essence -- in an effort to preserve, in part, the unique beauty and elegance of our world, before it changes or disappears altogether.
There are so many imaginative ways to use images, I am open to all offers! I am lucky to have had the opportunity to use my photographs for the benefit of charity and education -- for the preservation and protection of the peoples and places under threat from climate change, politics, and poverty.
Greece. A small, inoffensive country, south-east of Birmingham.
Greece . The other side of the world.
At twenty-three, I stopped reading about the world and started to explore it. Greece held a promise. Greece was temptation without guilt. Greece was where my love affair with different cultures began. Birmingham never stood a chance. It sank beneath another gravel-grey sky and took my childhood with it. After Greece, came the rest of Europe.
After Europe came Nepal, India, Haiti, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mexico, Bolivia – places and people that have left their mark. Some have captivated, impressed, surprised. Others have challenged and shocked. All have subtly helped to shape who I am and who I will become.
On all my journeys, a notebook is never far away. I try to preserve those instantaneous, but fleeting first impressions. I collect details and construct an experience, a meeting, a place. Stories are always there to find – the search is half the fun, half the magic.
As a copywriter for Oxfam I have seen a world far removed from the tourist trail. These journeys are the hardest and the most rewarding. In these poor, often remote, communities I don’t need to seek out stories – people have waited a lifetime to speak up, to speak out.
I listen and record and try to do them justice.