Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, Broadway, Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Washington Arch, Little Italy, Financial District, World Trade, Rockefeller Center, Wall St, MoMA, High Line, Chelsea Market, Roosevelt Island Tramway, Coney Island, MTA Museum, Central Park, Queens Museum, Manhattan Bridge and Staten Island.
In 4 minutes.
Music by Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (copyright Universal Records).
This is the third stop motion travel video I’ve made, and the second Emily and I have made together – Check out my YouTube channel for the New Zealand and Japan videos.
Emily told me to go jump off a bridge, so I did.
43 metres above the glistening blue waters of the Kawarau river I perched on a wooden ledge – a towel tied around my ankles with a flexible cord dangling from it and a guy stood behind me telling me to jump. This wasn’t some sick nightmare, I’d actually paid to be here. And despite what my stomach was telling me, I was about to jump.
I took my last look down, the water looked so inviting, but I’m sure there were better ways to go for a dip in it. Nethertheless, I jumped. I had wanted to scream “YIPPIE KAI YAY” or yell out a manly roar, but in the moment all I did was fall – which came very naturally, I might add.
The water was hitting my hands before I knew it, cold and refreshing, but most importantly – I’d made it. I swung back up again, being tossed around by physics like a rag doll in a washing machine – and I loved every second of it. The smiles were all real.
I finally got into the support boat, and it was to be another 5 minutes before my heartbeat would return to its resting pace. Another New Zealand memory I won’t forget in a hurry.
Aside from the obvious trip to New Zealand, 2014 was another great year for travelling. Barcelona started things off in January, then Nice, Hannover, Paris and Amsterdam. So many other amazing places in the UK such as Llangollen, Canterbury, Cardiff and Bridgenorth to name just a few. 2015 might have to be a bit more low key. Click on any of the photos to get a closer look.
I’ve finally got around to putting up some of the more epic photos from Emily and I’s New Zealand trip. These photos only scratch the surface of what we saw, but at least it gives you an idea of what the other side of the world looks like. Take time to read the description on each photograph for the full story.
Not content with that fairly well-rounded list of places, Emily and I are about to head off for a trip long in the making. We’re going somewhere I’ve been so excited to visit for as long as I can remember, and this Friday we’re actually going. New Zealand. For a month. We have a campervan hired, trips down caves planned, bungee jumping, rafting, hiking up volcanoes, kayaking, geysers, Lord of the Rings places… OH MY GOD I’M SO EXCITED I CAN’T EVEN.
I’ll be updating my Facebook, Instagram, twitter with things as we go on our travels, but don’t expect too many blog posts for the next month. But do expect a lot of photos and videos in January!