A decidedly visual person, Photographer Andre's thumbs busily swipe from image to image as he searches for the perfect picture to encapsulate the feeling of standing on a precipice before a vast open space. The countries along the erstwhile Silk Road are legendary for their expansiveness, but how can he best describe the scene? Surely there is a picture somewhere on his smartphone worth 1000 words.
The plan was never to travel the Silk Road in a classical sense. The idea grew over many years and became more tangible the more the dream was shared: first with his childhood friend, who would help him get the Land Rover as far as Turkey, and then with his girlfriend, Kathrin, who would help him navigate from Iran to Mongolia overland.
“In the end, however, nothing is really as you imagine it,” says Andre of their trip. “Along the way, it was the things we hadn’t expected that left the most lasting impressions.”