I contacted Jamie of @jamiechancetravels on Instagram, and writer of his website jamiechancetravels.com, about his current adventures in Australia.
What was your job before you decided to travel full time?
I worked as a lawyer specialising in medical negligence and product liability. Since the age of 16, I had wanted to be a lawyer and it took me six years of studying, and working to finally achieve being a qualified lawyer.
At what point did you say to yourself that you were going to resign from your job and go travelling?
Deep down I’ve always wanted to travel, but there was something holding me back. I never thought that it could be done once I’d settled into a ‘career’. However, for quite a few years I’d been suffering from hip pain which eventually resulted in an operation in March. During my recovery, I did a lot of thinking and I couldn’t sit at my desk any longer – I had to see the world. Luckily for me, my partner had also wanted to travel since graduating from university, so it was an easy decision for her as well.
How did you feel when you began your travels?
Scared. I was constantly thinking that I’d made the wrong decision. Aren’t we all meant to sit comfortably at our desks working nine to five until retirement? You have a steady income and relative safety with a job. However, after leaving, I feel much happier doing something that I love everyday – exploring and taking photos.
After using the Fuji XT-2 camera for a while now, what are your impressions of it?
It’s quite possibly the perfect camera for travel photography! I’m a big fan of mirrorless cameras, mostly due to their small size and light weight and there is no reduction in picture quality. I love retro styling of the camera, especially with the manual dials for aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
Is there are certain camera lens you like to use for your photos?
I mostly always use the 23mm f/2 lens, which is the equivalent of the classic 35mm focal length.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I think my photography is quite gritty, if that’s a way to describe photos? I love urban and street photography, but I am trying my hand at landscapes now too.
Australia is your first port of call – how long are you planning to be there for?
We’re here for twelve months. We’re spending three months in Melbourne before then exploring the rest that this country has to offer!
You recently attended an Instameet with @globalnightsquad in Melbourne, how was it?
It was really good actually, and I met quite a few people whose photography inspires me everyday. There must have been at least a hundred people who attended. It was nice to see Melbourne from a slightly different perspective as well.
What is the one destination you are looking forward to visit?
Whilst I love Australia and cannot wait to see the diversity of this country, I can’t wait to visit Japan.
As part of this series, I’m asking each Instagrammer to show me their favourite photo; what’s the story behind this one?
I think my favourite photo is this one, although it was quite hard to narrow it down! We had been exploring about three of Melbourne’s different suburbs before deciding to try and catch sunset down at Brighton Beach (famous for the Victorian bathing boxes there). A thunderstorm had been forecast and the clouds began rolling in since 4pm. We were on the train out to Brighton during ‘golden hour’ and the sky was so moody then. Once we got onto the beach, the sun peeked through one of the clouds just above the horizon and the sky exploded with oranges and reds. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. The only downside was the crazy amount of flies trying to get into our mouths and ears!
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