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Brendan van Son
Bio Travel photographer from Canada Currently: Wales Next: The Philippines Daily vlogger Brendanvanson@gmail.com
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"I made it. I made it to Santa Monica." I mumbled as I wandered down to the pier and the small group of photographers waiting for me. "We did it! #NYC to #LA in 80 hours, 10 photos, and 10 meet ups!" The trailer of this epic #BvSAmerica trip is live in 30 minutes (link in the bio). In my head this seemed like a simple task: drive and shoot. In reality, this was one of the most mentally challenging efforts I've ever made. A battle. B vs. America. And, I wish I could say I won, but, can we call it a draw?
Night 4 of #BvSAmerica and today's battle was sheer exhaustion. I left Valley of Fire with a planned shoot at Joshua Tree National Park at 11pm. But, when I got there just before 10, my body was empty. But, I was determined to complete the challenge. So, I literally wandered into the desert and pointed my lens towards the first Joshua Tree I saw. And, honestly, I hardly remember taking this picture. After shooting it, I was desperate to sleep, but I also needed to get to Santa Monica for 630am. So, I pulled out of the park and slept in the car on some public land. Have you ever driven so much that when you sleep you still feel like you're driving? When you're still, you still feel like you're moving? That's how i felt. No sea sick, but stationary sick. When I woke up, I thought I had fallen asleep at the wheel. I snapped awake terrified looking to find out where I crashed the car - only to find myself tucked away in the back of the Jeep in my sleeping bag. I plopped up, popped back in the driver's seat at 3am and headed towards LA. 77 hours into the challenge, just 3 to go. P.s. don't drive if you're over-tired. It's not smart. #joshuatree #visitcalifornia
Travel Update! Interrupting the #BvSAmerica content to let you know what's up! I just finished a trip location scavenger hunting with @trover in Wales. If you aren't using Trover, get on it! A great tool to find location inspirations around you. There will be more content from #Wales too. But, tomorrow we're off to The #Philippines for 2 weeks of fun and adventure in Palawan. I can't wait! Following the Philippines I'll be in Berlin for ITB, then #Japan! Some exciting locations coming up! What are your travel plans for the next couple months?
The first 60 hours of #BvSAmerica we're hampered by bad weather. The last 20, it was exhaustion. Hanging with the squad, and having @lightbendersvisuals and @mikepereaphotography join me for the drive from Moab to Valley of Fire helped. But, we miscalculated the time (and forgot about time zones) and ended up with an extra hour here. You're probably thinking "that doesn't sound like a bad thing". But, an extra hour of light, means my plan had an hour of sleep cut. So far, over 3 night I slept a total of 14 hours. And, with 2 more meetups, 7-8 more hours of driving, and only 12 hours to get to LA, I really didn't think I was going to make it. I left this shoot worried, but also thankful for the energy the crew gave me. I needed it on this shoot more than any. Next stop, Joshua Tree. #nevada #vlogger
This picture... What can I say, it means more to me than most I've taken. I battled harder for this photo than any other I've taken, I think. I was about 50 hours into #BvSAmerica when a blizzard hit in Colorado. I spent the next 10 hours driving through the heaviest snow I've ever seen and along roads slicker than a penguin in a tux. Its was terrifying, but I knew I needed to keep driving/sliding through the pass to #Utah if I wanted to make my flight. Eventually I got to #Moab, and a pile of fresh snow. @mikepereaphotography and @lightbendersvisuals were waiting for me. And, honestly, it was a bit emotion arriving, and pulling the camera out for some photos. I'd be lying if I said I didn't let out a howl of excitement/relief when I finally made it. So, this isn't just a photo of a tree to me. This is a photo of perseverance and - well, a little bit of stupidity.
Get paid to come travel with me to Japan!! Along with the help of @trover, I'm hiring a video/photography shooter to come with me to #Japan. There's info in my lastest video (link in my bio) and IG story. Looking for someone who can already shoot great video, has gear, and has a personality for being on camera as well as behind it. Apply now, Japan is going to be amazing. #filmmaking #vlogging