Photokina is a large photography trade show held once every two years in Cologne Germany. We spent six days exploring, playing with new gear, seeing new software, and making new friends with some great photographers. Here are some highlights. Continue reading Photokina 2016 Experience – Cologne Germany
We’ve been on the road for fourteen months, yet it seems like we just left last week.
Neeley and I are still on the road, and still taking pictures, but a little behind with updates on our blog. We are back in the USA for a bit to visit family and friends, and spend some time planning out a few last minute adventures.
If you haven’t checked out our instagram feed, or our facebook page, please check them out for a snapshot into our travel, and a preview while we work on getting our trips through Italy, Sri Lanka, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland online.
-Matt (27 Jul 2016)
While in Krakow, Neeley and I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.
These are my pictures from that visit.
-Matt (24 November 2015)
Continue reading Auschwitz-Birkenau Visit
Krakow doesn’t show up as a common destination for Americans, but I wanted to go. My mother’s side of the family is Polish and live in the large Polish community in South Chicago. I grew up learning about that heritage through the foods that my mother and grandmother cooked, holiday traditions, and family visits to Chicago in the summertime. Neeley and I wanted to fit a trip into Poland after Prague, so off we went to Krakow.
Continue reading Krakow – Tasting my Polish heritage
Neeley and I are in Perth this week, experiencing Australian friendliness for the first time. We haven’t seen a movie in a theater since our time in Berlin back in November, so it was a great experience catching Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ at an outdoor rooftop theater. It was like a drivein movie theater, except with beanbag chairs everywhere, and beer! You can check it out if you are here in Perth over the summertime.
-Matt (watching movies on the 9th of March 2016)
Continue reading Rooftop Movies in Perth, Australia
We woke up early in Dresden so that we could catch our short, two-hour long train ride to Prague. Prague was going to be a new experience for both of us, and we were looking forward to it. Years ago we discussed visiting, but we never managed to make the trip. Since then Prague has gained a reputation as a major tourist destination, so we were wondering what type of impact that would have on our experience.
Continue reading Prague in the Fall
Neeley and I visited Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone while we were Kiev. Much has been written about the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, so it makes little sense to repeat it here, you can easily find numerous accounts of the tragic incident on the internet. In the past few years, many photos by other photographers have been published and intrigued us, so we decided to go visit the ghost town and see it for ourselves.
Continue reading Chernobyl and Pripyat
Neeley and I are planning on being in Europe until the end of the year, when we will be teaching a photography workshop in Rome. However, as USA passport holders, we are only allowed to be within the Schengen area of Europe for 90 days every 180 days. Sitting down with a calendar, we quickly realized we would need to leave the Schengen area for about a week to stay legal in our travels. After some staring at a world map for a bit, we decide to go to Kiev and explore a place neither of us had ever been to.
Continue reading Kiev, Ukraine, our escape from Schengen
After a few relaxing days in Strasbourg, we took the TGV train to Paris. It was our first trip using our Eurail Pass. We have been to Paris recently, so this trip we wanted to focus on wandering more, taking a bike tour to Versailles, visiting some museums, and discovering a few off-the-beaten path spots.
Continue reading Paris and Versailles
We left Belgium for Trier, Germany to meet up with Neeley’s mom and her boyfriend. Neeley used to live in that area of Germany, and other than seeing some sights, we were also going to see where Neeley used to live and visit with friends who still live nearby. From there we traveled to Patton’s grave in Luxembourg, and then down to Strasbourg, France for a few days.
Continue reading Germany, Luxembourg, & France: a whistlestop tour