An overland journey of two people, side by side on two wheels, riding over dust and dirt, silky smooth blacktop and serpentine gravel. Embracing the fellowship of the road, the magic of people and the mysterious, capturing life through a lens and the written word. Home is where the side stands are kicked down in a story that’s forever unfolding…
Welcome to Two Wheeled Nomad!
Our site dedicated to travel, photography as much as motorcycle overlanding. Having decided on a change and opting for a big one, we sold the house, quit the 9-5 and packed everything we thought we’d need into two panniers and a roll bag. Why? Good question. Simply, to trade the life conventional for the ride of a lifetime. Connected to the outside world, intimately and vulnerably. Living out an adventure side by side made sense because of wanting to see the same countries and the same places by the same means. Pulling in the same direction, isn’t that what it’s all about?
While riding the Americas from Antarctica to the Arctic, we’re producing content as field editors and photo contributors for various digital and print publications across the globe. Not for shameless self-promotion but more to make it our mission to have a purpose bigger than ourselves astride the motorcycles. By documenting all the mishaps, mingled with the high highs and stream of challenges we face as we go, it doesn’t take more than a lick of sense to realize that we’re regular folks, who worked regular jobs that saved and sacrificed, and made life-changing alterations to our lives.
For us at least, we can’t get enough of the travel drug: living a life we never thought possible while in the safe sphere of our English bubble back in old Blighty. And by bursting our own bubble and choosing a different way to live, if it makes you pause for just one moment–to ponder if what you’re doing is enough to keep you content–then I hope it does. Over to you, Jase.
As a working photographer
Born and raised in Nottingham, England, I’ve had an unquenchable thirst for travel for as long as I can remember. Having explored above and below the waterline extensively for over two decades, I became a scuba diving instructor, which led to teaching across the watery globe, running diving trips in the Red Sea with Lisa and leaving my watermark as an Underwater Photographer.
Having hung up my fins professionally, I diversified: sold the house, cashed in and swopped the life conventional for the ride of a lifetime. Travelling through the Americas has definitely got me to where I want to be: big open spaces and engaged in the great outdoors. I’ve broadened my passion behind the lens as an Adventure travel Photographer, have become a videographer and drone pilot, which enables me to shoot stills, stock footage and short films capturing some unique aerial photography while living as a photographic freelancer on the road.
Motivations as a photographer
As a self-confessed thrill-seeker, I’m currently living and capturing some of the world’s richest offerings from my motorcycle, while wending up through the Americas. For me, photography is about having a bigger purpose outside of motorcycle travel, I need a creative outlet. It’s not just about preserving the big moments forever, being able to travel back in time. It’s about the challenge of forever pushing the boundaries of creativity while being in the environments I love, and noticing something in an alternatively beautiful way. Encapsulating unseen realities. It’s a platform where I can tell a story about an adventure, a place or a subject.
Photography is one of my favourite ways to not only express myself but to convey sunrise silhouettes, wide-angle landscapes, close-ups, action shots and everything in between. Moreover, the essence of what makes us human, a child’s face of innocence or an old man’s expression whose laughter lines stem from a thousand moments. To better understand the person in that time. And it’s a good way for me to relax, sometimes meditatively. I’d be lying if I said taking pictures wasn’t a dream job and I’m extremely grateful to be doing something I love. It’s a channel through which I can surprise myself and learn about something that piques my interest. It lets me connect with what I’m viewing, to intimately see it and then project it with meaning.
I guess shooting images involves a fair bit of introspection. The deeper I get, the more I come to realise that it’s about what fascinates me, how I feel about it, and what I want to say to those that view my work. The more I shoot, the more I better understand myself, what I value, and how I see the world. It’s an art, albeit a mechanical one.
As a professional freelance photographer for various organizations and print publications in the U.K., Canada and the U.S., as well as being a full-time nomad, I’ve selected my strongest offering, to which I’m always in the process of building. In the meantime, I hope my artwork best shares the world as it unfolds on our journey from my perspective, and gives an insight into my personality. Although very subjective, I foremost hope my imagery captures a raw emotion, or evokes a feeling–even if it’s totally different to another person’s reaction–not just the appearance. And, all things being equal, inspires you to journey to new places, near and far.
Born and bred in Great Britain, I’ve sunk into various continents over the last two decades—instructing and co-running scuba diving trips around the watery globe with my marvellous other, Jason. Having learned to ride a motorcycle by accident by winning the runner up prize in a competition, a morning’s wobbling on a 50cc automatic, I got bitten by the bug. I’m not sure if I ride to write or write to ride. I guess it’s both. I need a creative outlet and sharing our tales on the trails gives me just that.
Having wended our way from the bottom of the planet to the top on two wheels over the last three years, I’m also a spirited advocate for women riders and indulge my inner gear-geek as a product tester for various overland, travel and motorcycle companies and publications worldwide.
The pair of us also relish paying it forward through ambassadorship roles for numerous brands. We’ve been told that our skills as media professionals are superb, where twowheelednomad.com—tied into our life of adventure—have earned us a loyal following and for that, we are very thankful.