Looking back on Driftin’ Eastward 1

I know you’re tired but come, this is the way. Mawlana (Rumi)

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami once said that people aren’t able to look at something in front of them unless its in a frame. I’ve hardly picked up my camera since I arrived back in Ireland. Familiar surroundings, the return to the daily grind and the dead weight of history have left me uninspired. Looking back on the archive of photos from the trip with nostalgia, I’m reminded of the intensity of experiences and the diversity of peoples and landscapes that carried me across the Eurasian continent. Here are some photos that never previously made it into the blog; I hope they help summarise the journey and collectively capture some of the essence of adventure I’ve recently been longing for again.

From the French capital to the oak forests of Ardeche, through Italy to Ancona and on a ferry to Northern Greece and onto Istanbul. From the Black Sea through Anatolia to Kurdistan, the parts divided between Turkish and Iraqi states. Back north to a wintry Turkey and into the micro-climate of Georgia and onto another ancient Christian country, Armenia and its enclave taken from Azerbaijan. Onto the other Azerbaijan and Iran, from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf. A flight from Shiraz to Colombo via Abu Dabai. Another flight to India’s southern tip. Then the length of India, slowly moving northwards along its East to the occupied land of Kashmir.

IMG_0433                                      IMG_0644           Paris, France. September ’12                                                                   Ardeche, France. September ’12

IMG_0896                                      IMG_1063         Ancona, Italy. October ’12                                                                    Thessaloniki, Greece. October ’12

IMG_1207                                                                IMG_1572        Istanbul, Turkey. October ’12                                                                 Diyarbakir, Kurdistan. November ’12

IMG_1855                                      2012-11-18 12.58.14         Nr.Syrian border, Kurdistan. November ’12                               Erbil, Kurdistan (N. Iraq), November ’12

2012-12-01 13.03.53                                      2012-11-24 11.20.43   Stepantsminda, Georgia. December ’12                                                       N.E Turkey. December ’12

2012-12-09 12.19.11                                      2012-12-14 08.54.23        Erzurum, Turkey. December ’12                                                         Yerevan, Armenia. December ’12

2012-12-17 12.32.27                                                                IMG_3348    Yerevan, Armenia. December ’12                                                      Tabriz, Azerbaijan Provence, Iran. Dec ’12

IMG_3402                                      IMG_3403_       Tabriz, Azerbaijan Provence, Iran. Dec ’12                                                    Tehran, Iran. December ’12

IMG_3695                                      IMG_3932       Isfahan, Iran. December ’12                                                                           Yazd, Iran. January ’13

IMG_4215                                      IMG_4813         Hormuz Island, Persian Gulf. Jan ’13                                                  Tehran, Iran. January ’13

IMG_5122a                                      IMG_5590              Shiraz, Iran. January ’13                                                               Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Feb ’13

IMG_5609                                      IMG_5670         Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Feb ’13                                             Western Ghats, Kerala, India. Mar ’13

IMG_5671                                      IMG_5731        Western Ghats, Kerala, India. Mar ’13                                                        Kerala, India. March ’13

IMG_6242                                     IMG_6255       Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Mar ’13                           Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Mar ’13

IMG_6417                                     IMG_6690a copy          Hampi, Karnataka, India. April ’13                                                                Mumbai, India. April ’13

IMG_7244                                     IMG_7314        Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. May ’13                                                     Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. May ’13IMG_7353a                                     IMG_7556               Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. May ’13                                                                        Kashmir. May ’13




  1. sean matthews

    Love the new photos and good to see your blogging again. Im busy saving for my trip and leave to argentina on 16th Dec. Originally I planned to go for 6 months but think Im going just for 3 months. To be honest I have learnt that I don’t like to be away from home comforts for too long. Also, don’t want to come back skint like every trip. Will just do S.America. What camera do you have? I need to get one but don’t know which one. Something good but not too pricey or big. http://www.shopbot.com.au/pp-nikon-d3300–18-55mm-kit-price-462332.html any advice?

    Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 15:10:38 +0000 To: matthewscfc@hotmail.com


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