After a brief but sensational visit to Africa in 2011 I was bitten by the travel bug. So within six months I had saved some cash, vacated my apartment, quit my job and was en-route 'round the world'. Just before I left I saw this video by Matt Harding for the first time. It's beautiful, moving, inspirational and so authentic. I immediately knew I wanted to make a similar video, but with hula hoops. So into my already stuffed backpack I crammed a tripod and four hula hoops. Yes this is possible. They stayed with me for an epic journey through three continents.
A lot of people take photos when they travel, photos of buildings, parks, animals etc. and some people even take videos. Appreciate for a moment if you will the logistical nightmare of taking a video, with you in it, at the top of Machu Picchu, while hula hooping, with a clear view of the ruins, no-one in the background, and all while getting a llama to stay still. I stepped outside of every comfort zone I had, awkwardly carried hula hoops around all day in national parks, lost hoops in transit and got escorted out of places by security. But I also had a lot of fun, made new friends, enlisted strangers to hold the camera, inspired kids to hoop, got cheered and high-fived and even got a free lunch. Here are some pics below! Thanks to Nina and Nima for being camera holders, and all the other random shaky hand folk too.