On The Run

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 [ This is my second of three posts in the Kidspot Voices of 2015 #FordThinking Competition. ]

What I love about what I do is that in blending my photography with the editorial process of blogging, I give myself permission to explore things that intrigue me on a deeper level. Visually. Conceptually. Holistically. And one of the ideas that interests me the most is the creative process.

I love peeling back the layers of how I work, but also of how other creatives work. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will be familiar with The Creatives Series where I interview people who both intrigue and inspire me. It was only a matter of time before I had to feature T, aka my husband, author Tristan Bancks, who is my creative partner in crime.

On the eve of the American release of his award-winning YA novel Two Wolves (re-titled On The Run for the American market) I asked Tristan if I could join him on what he calls a Story Safari. It’s how he most likes to write, on the beach and in the hills, connecting with nature. I offered to document the day and, together, we developed an idea for a behind the scenes video about his writing process and the background to On The Run. 

He set out from Wategos Beach, walking on the sand, barefoot, taking notes on his phone the way he wrote almost all of this book, while I spied from afar, camera in hand. We embraced the view (and a spot of whale watching) from the Byron Bay lighthouse before heading out into the hinterland for some rugged exploration of real-life locations that feature in the fictional story of two kids taken on the run by their parents. At the same time, we finally got to really test out the Terrain Management System in the Ford Everest Titanium which Ford Australia have generously loaned me.

Sometimes the stars just align.

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Now that you have seen the day through my eyes, here’s Tristan himself to give you some insight into his creative process. I hope you enjoy it, it’s really nice when we get to work on a project together.

I’d love to know who inspires you… or where you go to connect with your own creative voice. Let’s talk in the comments below. Love, XO

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p.s. I’m honestly having such fun driving the Everest Titanium by the way! We’ve fondly nicknamed it The Beast and it really is a great car – equal parts power and comfort. A huge thanks again to Ford Australia and Kidspot Voices of 2015. Happy driving!

 

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