The Ego Trip - Self-published journal
A self published travel journal, written and edited by me, with photography and design by Billy Bolton. Check it out here, or get a sense of it from the excerpts below.
Editor's letter: We’ve travelled through nine countries, crossed eight time zones, and, after months of work, the first issue of The Ego Trip is finally here. Aside from a minimalist aesthetic and prose which occasionally flirts with the fanciful in style, there is a common theme binding this issue together. Characters who refuse to conform to our preconceptions lie at the heart of every story. From an elderly man mourning his pet cricket in Beijing (p.2) to a band of Nepalese women with excellent taste in lingerie (p.18), they remind us how much lies beyond the narrow bubble of our own experience. Faced with other people’s truths, beliefs we accept as certainties often turn to dust in our hands.
In a shadowy room in one of Beijing’s maze-like hutongs an elderly man kneels on the floor. His dark eyes brim with emotion and his mouth lingers in an upside- down smile as he stares at a co in on the table. It is made of dark wood and intricately carved, yet only as long as
a matchbox and not quite as wide.
Blushing bougainvillea clambers up the whitewashed buildings, fishermen sip iced coffees as they mend their nets in the shady main square and a few cobbled streets lead to... nowhere much.