A Year In New Zealand Irrevocably Changed This Man’s Life And Career.
The journey began as a road trip with friends that he only expected to last for a few months, but the artist quickly realized that there was something infectious about the New Zealand landscape that would take far longer than 90 days to process.
Being left behind by friends in a foreign land is incomprehensible to most, but Lolos knew that if he left with them, he’d always regret it.
After settling down in Wanaka, his artistic transformation really began. “At the time of the road trip,” he said, “I called myself a photographer, but I was really just a traveler with a camera. For me, the only thing that mattered when it came to taking a good picture was great scenery.”
He quickly discovered that he had much to learn on that front. Fortunately for him, the mountains, lakes, and rivers of Wanaka served as his silent teachers.
Lolos also surrounded himself with creative peers who inspired him to take his work seriously enough to turn it into a profession.
In the artist’s words, “I was deeply inspired by my photographer friends. They taught me to chase soft light, to seek contrasts, and to hike a few hours to get the perfect shot from the top of a mountain.”
The simple truth is that the photographer experienced a rebirth of sorts in Wanaka. The experience fitted him with brand new eyes.