Founded in 1988 by musician David Byrne (Talking Heads), Luaka Bop was initially started as vehicle for David’s passion for world music with its sole purpose to be a means to release a few Brazilian compilations.
I’ve been circled by bullsharks, thrown over the falls at Teahupoo, ravaged by swarms of sea lice, bounced off the reef at Pipeline, had a jet ski thrown over my head in Australia…
For the last 15 years large format photographer Joe Freeman has been exploring the energy and mystery of various existing and imagined terrains, primarily through black and white photography. Taylor Hawkins spent time documenting Joe out on his travels and created this beautiful short film.
The idea of traveling around the world on a bike first came to mind when my father asked me to join him in South America to ride down Patagonia, through Argentina and Chile.
Before leaving Australia, Africa had always been on my mind. To me, it’s where everything is going on. It’s that place where the world’s wildlife imprinted on my brain when I was a young boy watching National Geographic docos.
I’ve had a lifelong fascination with the ocean, and I think a large part of my focus in documenting it focuses on my curiosity and admiration for it… I’ve been circled by bullsharks, thrown over the falls at Teahupoo, ravaged by swarms of sea lice, bounced off the reef at Pipeline, had a jet ski thrown over my head in Australia…
My driving force is to discover places and creations that I personally find intriguing. As for what I’m trying to communicate to an audience, it is a more focused critical perspective, something that I will develop over time.
Traveling has enabled me the space to practice and embody my spiritual beliefs most seamlessly while exploring my freedom to new heights. I have found so much beauty in diversity while creating more space for heartfelt connections.
Fortunately, the generosity of people along this route has been humbling and uplifting. There is a great feeling of community in the majority of the places I experienced. Each person beaming a large smile at the sight of my waving hand.