50 People #5: Offbeat Journeys with Bas

50 People #5: Offbeat Journeys with Bas

Art and travel go together like bread and butter. Avid photographer and travel enthusiast Bas knows this better than anyone. He’s been travelling and taking photos for years. Although, he’s still unsure whether his travels inspires his art or his art inspires him to travel.

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Name: Bas | Currently in: Emmerich, Germany

Tell us a bit about yourselves?

I was born in the Netherlands, but now I live in small German town called Emmerich, near the Dutch border. I do have a fulltime job, but instead of talking about my job and the “drawer” one puts oneself in because of it, let’s talk about passion. I am passionate about photography, building websites, and travel. I have a knack for the unknown, so I like to go to places not many other people visit.

How did you get into photography?

There are a lot of photographers in my family. My granddad and uncle worked for a newspaper, and my dad is also an avid hobby photographer. I shot my first roll of film with his first camera, and I still have it. Still, I didn’t really get things going until the “digital age.”

Photography is a great way of expressing myself without having to say too much, which for a guy like me (who has to do a lot of talking during my daytime job) can be rather nice. It’s also something you can do, practice, and enjoy always, everywhere. I never leave the house without my camera bag. I might not photograph everyday, but I will always have the camera ready in case I see something worth photographing.

How do you combine your passion for art with travel?

Up until now, all of my travels were especially about the photography. A list of locations, a car full of gas, a tent, food, drinks and photography equipment, and off we’d go. Driving from location to location to photograph, creating art, and just being. In the future there will be more travel in which I will try to see more than just the inside of derelict buildings. Those will be mostly solo adventures.

What’s the best thing about travelling solo?

Travelling solo is a great way for me to be “alone with myself”, and a great way to get to know new people. Most of my photography journeys though, I have undertaken with a dear friend of mine. The locations we visit aren’t always the safest, so we look out for each other.

You’ve recently started your own travel/photography blog. Tell us about ‘Offbeat Journeys’.

I had a photography portfolio, but not all my work made it on to there. A lot of photos remained on my hard drive, which I thought was a shame. A lot of my travels, and fine art photography takes me “off the beaten path”, so I decided to start a blog, entitled ‘Offbeat Journeys – Stories of (un)known places.’

Favourite place you’ve been to and why?

Up until now, all of my travels were within Europe. There are many great places, but the country I love most is Italy. I love the architecture, the easy-going nature and the food! As I am a passionate architecture photographer the country really has put a spell on me.

Do you have a travel philosophy?

I could name a bunch of life philosophies that also apply to travel. Of travel philosophies that apply to life. Maybe this one sticks out: “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”

What’s next? What are your plans for 2016?

In a couple of weeks I’m off to Italy again. For the rest of the year I want to do more city trips, explore the unknown treasures of some of the bigger cities in Germany and do some restaurant reviews/tips for my blog.

One travel tip for everyone out there?

Go local. Don’t plan.

You can find out more about Bas by checking out his website Offbeat Journeys or Bas Brader Photography

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