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The future of libraries, Paris Syndrome, and more...

The treasure of TimbuctooMany thanks to those of you were able to attend my Reddit AMA live. For those who were unable to attend, I’ll be sharing a selection of questions and answers over the next couple of weeks. To view the entire AMA, please click the above link.

Q. Do you have any thoughts about the future of libraries to share?

A. On nights when I cannot sleep, i dream that I’m stepping into a massive, ancient enchanted library. Cobwebs everywhere. Candelabras, too. And that for me is the greatest human achievement — a massive ancient library. As for their future: I hope libraries will continue forever. i’m certainly collecting books with as much zeal as ever.

Q. From what I understand Paris syndrome seems to mostly affect Japanese visitors to Paris. Does this happen with other cultures and people visiting other cities often? Has there been enough research in this area to determine that? Read more

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July 9, 2014 Posted by tahir in Travel

Photojournalism, and which type of equipment I use

DSC_3397aMany thanks to those of you were able to attend my Reddit AMA live. For those who were unable to attend, I’ll be sharing a selection of questions and answers over the next couple of weeks. To view the entire AMA, please click the above link.

Q. Any advice for a photojournalist student whose dream is to work for National Geographic?

A. Develop a body of work that is original. Never ever ever follow the pack. And remember that most people in their teens and early twenties (not sure how old you are) don’t go out and do stuff. They often sit about, waiting for someone to give them an idea, a ticket, a job. Well that’s wrong – -you have to get out and set yourself goals, challenges, find work and then sell it. And don’t expect Nat Geo to take you on round one… spiral upwards towards it. You WILL get there. Don’t listen to anyone who holds you back or suggests you can’t. Because you CAN!

Q. What kind of camera and equipment do you have in your arsenal of shooting? Just wondering because all Nat Geo movies are always beautiful shot and I want to know what it takes!

A. Until very recently we were shooting on Ariflex Super-16. Film… and doing some video. I LOVE film because as a presenter it gets you concentrated because it’s so expensive, and because it looks so wonderful. With video — most people these days are using SLF cameras or high end video cameras (like RED). We’ve just shot something on a Nikon D800. The great thing is that you can change the lenses, and they are of such high optical quality.

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July 7, 2014 Posted by tahir in Travel

Top Tips for Interrailing Around Europe

TOP TIPS FOR INTERRAILING AROUND EUROPEGet seat reservations. They don’t cost more than 3 or 4 Euros, and they save you the misery of having to stand in the corridor when a train is full.

Buy food in a supermarket before going to the train station. Some stations have supermarkets. Never buy food on trains unless you have to.

Check www.seat61.com which is the greatest train web site of all.

Download the Interrail App, which is great because you can check train times off-line.

Don’t plan more than Read more

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July 3, 2014 Posted by tahir in Travel

My thoughts on jinn, observation, imagination, and dreams

Granada, SpainMany thanks to those of you were able to attend my Reddit AMA live. For those who were unable to attend, I’ll be sharing a selection of questions and answers over the next couple of weeks. To view the entire AMA, please click the above link. 

Q. Let’s say you pissed off a Jinn. Big-time. He says: “I intend to punish you. But before I do, I’ll let you choose who or what you are going to be next. You can be anyone or anything except you.” Who or what would you choose to be?

A. I’d want to be transformed as a man on a journey with a magic ring on his finger. The ring can’t create wealth of any kind, but can lead to fabulous adventure.

Q. Are there any things one can do by one self that would help one to concentrate and observe better or can that only be helped with special training?

A. I think it’s a question of learning to focus in a new way. I’m so against Read more

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My Top Ten Favourite Films

Big-fish-movie-posterIn response to a recent request, here is a list of my top ten favourite films:

1. Big Fish
2. Cinema Paradiso
3. Fitzcarraldo
4. The Red Violin
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Wag the Dog
7. Apocalypse Now
8. Catch Me if You Can
9. Amelie
10. Being There