Since buying the Snap Inc. Spectacles in February 2017 they have become my primary video camera. I have almost 50 hours of footage from around the world. They allow me to put my phone and camera away and still capture interesting moments during my travels from a unique perspective.
The project I created is called #SeeWhereJoeGoes. Footage from the Spectacles edited from my iPhone and shared onto Instagram TV (IGTV). I mainly am creating this for my mom Shirley. The goal is to share updates on where I go and what I see. She always wants to see what I am up to and with the Spectacles I can share the “joe’s eye view” of my travels and life in South America.
In 2017 I captured many of my favorite moments on Spectacles. I enjoyed not having to miss a moment and kept my phone in pocket. That is what Spectacles are to me. The ability to capture moments as they happen and not worrying about carrying a smartphone or camera. In this post I review the Snap Inc. Spectacles, share highlights from 2017 I captured on them, and an outlook on Spectacles in 2018.
During my road trip around the midwest I had the opportunity to get coffee and catch up with Wes Taylor. Wes has established himself as one of the premier lifestyle and portrait photographers in Chicago. I had a session at his studio, Studio 1037. The rustic space has incredible natural light and was the perfect spot for portraits and headshots.
I watched the 2017 Eclipse from within the path of totality in South Carolina. I woke up early, grabbed my camera and telescope my parents kept from when I went to astronomy camp then headed down to Greer, SC.
After 10 days in Kenya, the trip to Zanzibar, Tanzania provided the rest and relaxation I needed. The Zanzibar archipelago lives up to its nickname as the “spice islands,” with cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and nutmeg grown locally. Historically, Zanzibar Town was the main slave-trading port in East Africa, and had the world’s last open slave market until 1873. We explored the historic part of town on our last day.
Ryan and I took a round trip from Nairobi to Zanzibar Town, and took a taxi up the coast to Kendwa Rocks. We stayed on the island for four days and three nights.
One of my favorite experiences while in Kenya was going on safari. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is part of the Narok region, where WE Villages works. During my trip with Me to We, we departed early one morning and headed into the reserve.
The reserve has a diverse population of resident game, and is home to the African Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. During this Safari, I was lucky see four out of five! The elusive leopard was the only one we missed.
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The name “Banff” covers both the Canadian national park in western Alberta and an incorporated town. During the winter months the area is popular for skiing, and during the summer for its numerous hikes and picturesque lakes.
My trip to Ecuador in Spring 2016 was to visit Ryan who had moved down in October 2015 to continue his work with Me to We. The trip was 10 days total. We went from the capital city of Quito to the mountain resort town of Baños to a rain-forest lodge along the Napo river.
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