from corona, ca
currently in south america (biking toward equador)
biking, hiking, surfing, skating
there are some places i’d love returning to but what excites me the most is finding a new place that can challenge my skills.
my boreas echo twenty-five liter day pack. this bag is amazingly versatile and perfect for carrying camera equipment and backpacking gear. ortlieb panniers for my touring bicycle. these bags are spacious, waterproof, and carry my everyday essentials.
a few college courses, learning the basics and constantly emailing photographers he admired for tips set abe ramirez up for a journey that he never imagined he’d take. a two week surf trip turned into an endless journey through south america, perfecting his passion, exploring the outdoors, making friendships and capturing moments that will last throughout time.
they say there’s six degrees of separation to all people. we’ve proven this case true and had the pleasure of connecting with outdoor travel + lifestyle photographer abe ramirez. he joined our friend jaryd adair on his bicycle tour and hasn’t looked back every since. now, month’s later, the guys have parted ways, each continuing on down the path that will lead them to achieving their traveler dreams.
relentlessly following your dreams, seeking knowledge to get you there and welcoming the challenges that come along the way are traits less seen in traditional careers and life’s pursuits. but if someone has the will to transform an interest into a life fully lived, abe does.
what made you want to become a photographer?
i wanted to travel to exotic places and make a living out of it. there was something calling me to these locations and i knew i wanted to be lost in it. at the time, i had never used a professional camera before but i decided that i was going to become a traveling photographer. i bought a dslr from a close friend and started practicing. i didn’t know what i was doing at first, i asked close friends for tips, read information online, and emailed photographers i admired. trial and error, the learning never ended.
what excites you about snapping photos?
i think its the chance to live in the moment of the pictures i take. i want to feel the experience first hand and tell a story about it. the people i meet play a huge part to my pursuit, and it gives me a chance to highlight them through my photography.
you’re on quite a trip, how’d this come about?
well, i’m cycling from nicaragua to argentina and taking photos along the way. i am planning to finish by 2017 and make it back home to california. it’s funny how i was only suppose to be gone for two weeks on a surf vacation with a couple of friends and evidently stayed longer, a lot longer. i met a guy named jaryd adair whom i learned was cycling to argentina from calgary, canada. truth be told, i was presented an opportunity i could not turn down and decided to leave everything behind without warning, buy a bicycle and join along the adventure.
what’s that something that has validated your decision to leave everything behind and keep exploring?
with photography it was getting my photo on a front cover of a lifestyle magazine in central america called discover lifestyle. with my bicycle journey, it was making it from nicaragua to costa rica.
i had never toured on bicycle before, in fact i had only ever owned a bicycle one year in my life. i was riding alone and in a country i knew nothing about. it was the true test to see what i was made of and i did it. i felt like i had accomplished something big.
who’s someone that really inspires you?
through my bicycle journey i have had the chance to meet some amazing people. john marshall from avellena, costa rica taught me how to give generously. i met the guy for a few hours and exchanged information. i messaged him on facebook a couple of months later telling him i would be around his area and he invited me to live with him for as long as i wanted, free of charge. i stayed for about a month and he never hesitated to give. john was so generous that it never crossed his mind, it is as if it was expected of him to be such a kind friend to somebody he had just met.
what influenced me the most about john was his reasoning, he always justified giving to somebody for the smallest reasons. john didn’t only influence my tendencies to give generously with life in general, but also in photography. it is very easy for today’s freelancer to step on the pedestal and expect the best pay, accommodation and perks for their work.
giving your time and energy to some people who may not be able to afford you will change your approach. focus on helping people with your skills, be passionate and work hard, everything will fall into place.
when you’re not roaming and capture moments, what are you up to?
drinking central american cokes, finding new coffee shops to use wifi, meeting new people and connecting with old friends and family.
we’ll be following your on your visual story as you make your way back to cali. see you here in 2017. until then…
Stranded on Land