Meet Stuart

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I am from Sunderland in the north-east of England. I guess a lot of people know Sunderland from the football club. That’s where I live.

Q: That’s where you stay now?
A: That’s correct.

Q: What came first; the travel or the photography?
A: Well, I trained as a photographer nearby so realistically it was the photography but I was always very keen to travel. I guess I didn’t actually do masses of travel until recently, so for me it was the photography and then the travel.

Q: Which has been your favorite place to visit so far?
A: That’s a really tough question because I always like experiencing new places. You know that’s the thing about travel; its really exciting to go to places for the very first time.

I enjoy wildlife, I really enjoyed seeing the mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. That was very special because I got so close to the mountain Gorillas and it was a beautiful experience. The very first time I saw a tiger in the wild in India, that was very special and in Nagarhole National Park.

One of the things I like about travel is to meet people, finding out how different people think and how they perceive where they live. In different places of the world it’s really interesting. When we travel it’s nice to hear insights from people about where they live; whether it’s the next town or a different part of the world.

I guess food is big as well. Unless I’m in Italy I don’t want to go to a place and eat pizza and pasta. I want to go to a place and taste the local food when I’m in a place. That’s really important for me.

I really enjoyed being in Canada I have been there twice. It’s a good place and has lovely people.

But it’s really tough to choose a single favourite place. Travel for me is all about the excitement of discovering.

Q: Where would you really like to go that you haven’t yet?
A: I would love to go to the Antarctic because of the adventures where you can get close to the wildlife. I have heard so much about them. I’d like to get a chance to spend time with naturalists and get close to the animals.

I have never seen a lion in Africa. I think a big game journey with opportunities to photograph the wildlife would be magnificent.

Lastly, I’d really like to see the Northern Lights. I tried to see them in Iceland but I failed to see them. Maybe next time?

Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: I really like Indian cuisine because I spent 5 years living in India, I really like Italian food when it is in Italy, especially in Apulia in the south of Italy – the food down there is very fresh. The vegetables are good! It is very simple but it is really good – I think Mediterranean food generally is nice. There so many places I haven’t been, so of course this might change in the future. These are the ones I really like right now.

 

Read examples of Stuart’s travel writing on his blog.