June 1st, 2014
As many of you probably know by now, on June first I embarked on a plane to America, to learn from one of the photography greats; Zack Arias (he would say otherwise), but we all know the truth right? :)
So, a hop, skip and a jump later I find myself in America the next day. Well, not entirely of course. 28 hours later I found myself here, only to find that the world had changed... All the people had become crazed zombies, like in that movie, remember? 28 days later? I would later find out, that it was just Newark, New Jersey.
After not really sleeping on the flight to Heathrow, London, coz let's face it; - who the hell can sleep on a plane unless you're in first class? - I was waiting in line at the customs area, scooting along at a very leisurely pace not in any particular rush until I reached the ticket counter and the lady was like; uhh, you'd better run coz that flight just finished boarding. So with a 10kg (or 22 pound) camera bag and other little miscellaneous crap I was running down a bloody mile long corridor with no end in sight; I eventually made my flight. This felt even longer than the flight to London coz I was fully conscious the whole 7 hours instead of semi, like on the way to London.
We eventually made it to Newark and getting to my next flight on time was a breeze, the customs folks were actually pretty nice and I didn't really have an issue, which was my biggest concern. Two hours later I landed in Atlanta where I was expecting great fanfare to my arrival, you know like in the movies where people are standing there with signs and balloons saying, "Welcome to America" or something? Instead, I was like a wild deer with big eyes looking for Zack and the terminal for baggage claim. No grand gestures or a white piece of paper with my name on it. Luckily Zack was easy to spot, with his signature goatee, a DedPXL T-shirt and for the first time I was like holy shit, Zack Arias is in front of my eyeballs. At first I was like; "what do I do with my hands"? "Do I shake his hand? Give him a hug? Fist bump? Come on man, react, make a choice"! In the end we had a firm handshake. Always default back to that when in doubt. So we grabbed my suitcase and drove to his house so I could meet the rest of the family.
I am happy to say that they are all flipping awesome human beings. Meghan deserves a medal and thanks to her I am here. (I stuck out my hand at first to greet her and she just gave me a big ass hug). She was like; "this guy", when they had received my letter and I am so thankful for that. On top of it she is a kick ass mom and Zack is a kick ass dad and the kids are rad.
From Caleb, to Joshua to Hawke "Danger". I am yet to meet Phoenix, but I am certain he is just as awesome :)
That's it for now though, but keep your eyes peeled and thanks for reading.