The Adventure Handbook had the immense pleasure of chatting to Megan Cullen, Australian photographer and filmmaker, about her trip to New Mexico in 2013. A veritable Mecca for alternative lifestyle practitioners and communities, she captures the region in its raw, natural state of being entirely extra-ordinary.
What kick-started a love of photography for you? From as far back as I can remember I was always scribbling or making up stories or acting or doing something creative so it’s not so surprising that I found myself drawn towards photography. I took my first photographs at age twelve in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My Mum took my brother and I there as she is fascinated by Native American culture. While she was exploring her own interests (including the exquisite silver jewellery – she has bangles all up her arms!) I was drawn to the landscape and the desolate wide-open spaces. I wasn’t thinking seriously about photography in that moment, I was just a kid, but I did know I wanted to capture the feeling I was experiencing somehow.
I got to go to photography class while the others sweated it out at netball. I was pretty happy with that arrangement.
When we returned to Australia I don’t think I ever felt settled back into my suburban existence. I had been given a taste, even just small one, of what else was out there.
As human beings I think we crave deeply profound experiences and I am definitely no different. I actively seek out people and environments that stir my emotional core.