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I took this photo in Bruges, Belgium in 2010. I traveled through Europe several times over the years, often solo (when i wasn’t with my Brit-American co-explorer Guv’s) and I can certainly say these were some of the richest, humbling and memorable moments of my life thus far. It was on these adventures that I truly found companionship, self expression and passion in photography. We all develop unique bonds and find purpose in our own singular missions that we find ourselves called to do, and these missions may change form entirely over the years. After some difficulty explaining to the very limited english speaking taxi services that I was trying to reach “the castle in the woods” I arrived at Kasteel Ten Brughe, albeit a few hours late. The host was waiting for me at the gate and quickly asked me if I would be afraid to stay in the castle alone, to which I replied “should I be?” There had been a structure on this property since the 1300’s, and although the nearest neighbor was a good distance away, i will say i did not feel alone that night. I created my first photography dedicated website after this trip (which I recently shut down r.i.p.) to share my art and vision with others, in turn giving me a new way to connect with the world, the same way a guitar had for most of my life. I still have a print of this castle in my home which is a joyful cue of gratitude for me, as well as the little black camera that accompanied me.