Over the years I've come to realize that a journey, one that can be full of adventure and knowledge, doesn't have to involve automobiles or airplanes. The benefits of a journey are always available from a simple walk. By walking we move through the world not just physically, but also spiritually.
As a travel photographer, I find myself constantly walking to pursue my next great image. I’ve come to realize over time that walking relieves the buildup of stress and it allows me to think freely and absorb the streets and its surroundings. "It is solved by walking” - Solvitur Ambulando Series
In these series of images, I was fascinated and inspired by the simple act of a walk. It is one of the many ways we explore the world around us in an attempt to further understand ourselves and our relationship with the environment. Most people tend to be preoccupied with reaching their destination, though they fail to realize the beneficial act of walking. Walking is the world’s most democratic activity. It is open to everyone, whether rich or poor, young or old. One can walk to work or simply take a stroll around town. All it takes to begin is placing one foot in front of the other. Despite this accessibility, we probably do less walking these days than in our previous history.
There are, of course, many views on the virtues of walking. For Steve Jobs, walking was essential for thinking. It was a way of developing his best thoughts while mulling a problem. "All truly great thoughts are conceived while you walk."
For Ernest Hemingway, he would walk along the quais when he was trying to think something out. "It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood.”
For Thomas Jefferson, on the other hand, the purpose of walking was to clear the mind of thoughts. "The object of walking is to relax the mind," he wrote. "You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk. But divert your attention by the objects surrounding you.”
Solvitur Ambulando is Latin for "It is solved by walking".