Kari Zeleznick

"This trip was not at all what I expected. I still don’t know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. As the days progressed, I became overwhelmed with a sense of confusion; how could I be so far away and, yet, feel like I never left home? Everywhere I looked there was dirt, sand, rocks and trees. The occasional kangaroo reminded me I was no longer in the States, but it still seemed oddly familiar. Perplexed by my surroundings and drained from the hours and hours of travelling packed into the first few days, I felt like I would never find my inspiration, nor would I come up with a portfolio theme or prints to support it. But then, like magic, it hit me. With one snap of my digital camera, I found my incentive and my first sense of direction.

After I developed my analogue prints and sorted through hundreds of digital pictures, I smiled.  I was amazed at what I had captured on film; surprised at how even the simplest tree or smallest rock invoked a sense of pride within myself. I learned to appreciate everything we saw, heard, and learned. Each day provided an opportunity for self-expression and personal growth. As my journey neared its final destination, I wished for another chance to go out and do it all again – no matter how cold, dirty or tired I was."