Here's a new photo I just finished working on from a road trip here in New Zealand. I've been working on some NZ photos lately because I'm excited that I've finally become a citizen! Well, kinda. I got the email that says I've been approved and now just waiting on the ceremony. They give me a little tree I can take back and plant in the garden... It's all very exciting! Now I'll have two passports so I feel like a spy. A lot of people ask if I'm going to give up my US Passport. No... I'm not. I'm not anti-US or anything. I would prefer if 100% of my taxes went to NZ, where I actually live. The whole tax thing is a big mess, I tell ya. I did look into it and the US Government will add up all my assets and charge me 50% for the "right" to give up my passport. It's one of those things that is completely stupid and makes me lose almost all faith in amoral governments and the way they treat their citizens.
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Child headhunters in Papua New Guinea... luckily they did not get mine! Adorable kids though... well, kinda.
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Glad to be back home in New Zealand! It was kind of a rough journey coming back... I had two aborted landing attempts in Queenstown on two different planes from Air New Zealand because the weather was bad. The first time we returned to Auckland. On the second failed landing, we re-routed to Christchurch. They didn't arrange a bus or anything (why not?) so I tried to rent a car for the 5.5 hour drive, but nothing was available. So, then, I came up with the bright idea to hitchhike. I've hitchhiked here in New Zealand a ton of times and it's always been fine... people are really nice here. Anyway, while I was exiting the airport, I found a nice beekeeper who gave me a ride. So all that took an extra 18 hours on top of the 14-hour flight from Texas. Oh, and one lost bag... they made me check it at the gate because it was 8kg and not 7kg. I'm like... comon guys... anyway, I hope my bag is having a great time wherever it is.
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Sprawling Hong Kong, taken from the perspective of another peak and not the one everyone there calls The Peak. #hongkong
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This photo is about to be on the cover of some magazine. It's not a big magazine and I'm not making any money, but I thought you might like to know how much time it takes to do something for free. The email thread was at least 16 long and required communication between so many parties to make sure everything was copacetic. Me, the sculptor (Michael Benisty), the Burning Man organization, and then the internal team of this magazine. Sometimes I don't even respond to some of these inquiries because I know it will just be a rabbit hole of lost time. Oh well... going for good karma here I suppose.
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