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Escape to LA – Venice Canal District, California – Photographic tales of an ex-Emirates flight attendant

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Hot & Delicious Rocks: The Planet! – Photographic travel diary series.

Escape to LA – Venice Canal District, California. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

So here I am 12 hours after finding out that my brain scans are clear for another year and I have got another twelve month leave pass.

Grateful, relieved and happy to find out that I’m tumour-free for another year, I’ve spent some time today reassessing where I’m at, where I want to be and what makes me happy – reflection of previous goals I’ve set myself, flashbacks to watershed moments and memories of experiences that have changed my life for ever.

1 such trip was to LA and Texas last year shooting photos and providing social media for a series of international Australian music industry showcases called The Aussie BBQ. I’d returned from the Middle East in 2006, with grand plans (some might say delusional :p ) of being a rockstar living in the USA within 6 months. Flash forward to 2013 and I finally land in LA, not as a rockstar but a photojournalist of questionable technical proficiency, but a keen eye for a the money shot and social media skills to boot.

Upon landing into LAX, Andrew Bongiorno, one of my best mates and an Aussie actor who’s been living in LA for a few years picked me up from the airport and we cruised straight down to Venice Beach for breakfast and a stroll down to Santa Monica Pier. It wasn’t my first adventure to Venice, but this trip was under different circumstances… on my terms… and paid for through my hard work and a tenacious, relentless driving passion to love what I do for a living.

Captured this shot in the Venice Canal District on zero sleep after flying 15 hours across the planet and I can’t describe the happiness I feel as I stumble across this photo amongst a swag of others from my trip to Los Angeles, Austin and Houston last year.

My heart soars knowing what’s possible and following on from the Calling All Cars post 2 weeks back, following your dreams is a way of life and this moment in time has got me thinking about what my next steps are.

I’m floating on the sensations of the delirium and joy that come flooding back as I look at this snapshot of my life and clarify exactly what I want in my mind.

DW

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Bangkok checkers – Photographic tales of an ex-Emirates flight attendant

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Bangkok checkers. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).
Bangkok checkers. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

Hot & Delicious Rocks: The Planet! – Photographic travel diary series.

Bangkok checkers. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

I’ll do almost anything to feel alive… to escape the mundane… 

Every day I mix up even the little things up in my daily routine to keep the spark in me alive; walk a different way to work, decide on what flavours I’m craving that day and use them to fuel my meal choices rather than planning ahead, listen different tunes across a range of genres to clear my head or enhance existing emotions, change-up my fitness workouts and the days I do them on, varied styles of mediation… just several examples of little things I do kind to keep my life & mind fresh.

This also translates to my study & career path. I’ve worked many and varied roles including studying biochemistry at Swinburne University of Technology, working behind the barat Crown Casino, Emirates Airline flight attendant, a Cert IV in small business management, music industry (event operations & logistics/photographer/music supervisor/sponsorship & more), entrepreneurship & innovation at Swinburne Uni again and now social media… I base my choices on what I’m curious about and think I’d be good at and most of all I explore… my emotions, my faults, tastes, sounds, the lives & experiences of the people I know and those I’m fascinated by, the city I live in, the cities I don’t… It’s how I grow, have wonderful new and unexpected experiences… it’s how I feel alive. In short, pretty much my whole life I’ve walked the path less trodden. I like to get off the beaten track.

On my weekends in Melbourne and during the week, I’ll use different streets and alleys to reach my destination, taking in the sights and people around me. Jet-setting the globe with Emirates, I’d often wander around cities full of life and colour with no set plan, purely for the opportunity of what I might stumble across.

It’s quite amazing how many special little moments you experience and the people meet when you’re not so trapped up in the destination and by opening up your mind/soul to do things differently.

I captured this image on one such excursion stumbling around the streets of Bangkok. While I’ve taken more immediately eye-catching photography in my life, it’s amazing how such a simple photo capturing 2 local Thai gents playing checkers with Pepsi & Coke bottle tops can still capture my imagination and make me smile a number of years later. 

Your move 😉

DW

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X-Emirates cabin crew. Confessions. I’m no David Duchovny, but I feel like Hank Moody!

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Argggghhh… amazing end to Californiation! Well worth the wait!

As a life-long fuck-up like Hank Moody in many ways (aren’t we all? :p) and with 6.5 years spent traveling the globe staying in 5 star hotels partying like a rockstar with beautiful women, I feel a lot of parallels between David Duchovny’s Californication character and the life I used to lead in Dubai (albeit with less fucking and punching).

Galavanting the globe as an Emirates Airline flight attendant with serious disposable income was such an eye-opening experience and if I hadn’t been through the situations I have had, Hank’s life would seem surreal. To me it feels like home. As a result I became close to a TV show that mirrors of a lifestyle from my Dubai days that was so bizarre that the few people who have had the opportunity to experience it will know what I mean when I say “You can’t understand it until you’ve lived it.”

I’ve had a stunning Singaporean/Malaysian cabin crew girl I was seeing be offered US$10K to spend the night with an Arab guy that she’d never met (I wasn’t there & fortunately she refused), hotel room after-party in Colombo (Sri Lanka) with a Swedish and Turkish girl both throwing themselves at me after a night on the town drinking cheap-ass spirits and musty Sri Lankan beer in seedy  underground bars, a friend who’s spent years in Middle Eastern prison after returning from an Amsterdam boys weekend with (unknowingly) half a pill left in his back pocket, bailed another mate out of a Mexican jail for US$188 after he was arrested by the policía for urinating down a Cancún side-street, drinking 5 nights out of 7 ’til blackout for years on end and the only reason it wasn’t 7 is that occasionally I had to jump on an oversize metallic flying tube for work, ripping up Bangkok’s Radio City dance-floor with Aeroflot cabin crew on renowned Pat Pong red light strip, daring my best mate to run nude through Prague’s streets during weekday peak hour after an all night session in Czech bars, devouring Heineken cans in the back of taxis in the sandpit not caring that I was living in a Muslim country (so disrespectful), landing into Brisbane at 6am followed by a 21 hour drinking session then flying on to Auckland 3 hours later, Emirates Airline rugby tours in Paris, Phuket x 2, Cardiff, Johannesburg..  and that’s just a drop in the ocean of memories… I’m not boasting & I’m certainly not proud of some of my exploits..

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For all these experiences, from childhood to now on my self-imposed tumultuous journey from self-loathing to self-love, I have traveled the planet, lived in the Middle East, Italy, Indonesia and all over Australia, had more women than most (although not nearly as many as some that’s for sure! – you know who you are! :D) and made a whole lot of fuck-ups.. but some things never change. While I grew up as a kid thinking I wasn’t good enough for anyone and all I craved was a hot woman who’d love me, I now crave so much more.. a love that just makes sense without trying.. someone who will do stupid things just to make me laugh (as I do with my friends) and accepts me as I am but teaches me so much by just being who she is.. AND of course I wouldn’t be overly upset if she’s a little bit hot, intelligent, loves to travel, sexual, spontaneous, independent, ambitious, craves delicious food & works out regularly like me (mixed in with a few cheeky bevies of course)… but again.. one common thread has stayed true.. essentially for all my faults I’m a good person and I crave someone special..

So while I’m happy and living life in the now, I’m always striving for more – to be a better person, better at what I do and constantly learning; I’m far from perfect and the hopeless romantic in me felt sated tonight to see the good-guy who’s a fuck-up chase the lady he loves, bare his soul and have it all work out.. the happily ever after flying off into the sunset.. at this moment.. at least for now 😉 It might all be fiction, but this just makes me happy…

Vale Hank Moody.

P.s. Most of the ladies featured in these images are rather good friends of mine and their presence in this gallery in no way suggests I’ve had the pleasure of their intimate company.. I wish! 😀

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.
Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.