A Year In New Zealand Irrevocably Changed This Man’s Life And Career.

“When I arrived in New Zealand in 2014,” Lolos writes, “I was full of expectations, but I didn’t really have any goals. I just wanted to travel and explore the country.”
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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Lolos also surrounded himself with creative peers who inspired him to take his work seriously enough to turn it into a profession.
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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.”
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The simple truth is that the photographer experienced a rebirth of sorts in Wanaka. The experience fitted him with brand new eyes.
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