Friday, 16 December 2016

Thought

Capturing thought in photographs. By Simon Raven.

Thought
Photography by Simon Raven © All rights reserved


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Sunday, 11 September 2016

On Assignment

Simon Raven at San Joaquin Sugar Mill. Photo by Tanja Zahner
Aug-Sept 2016


BERLIN

"Wellness in Berlin"

July 2016

SPAIN
(Tabernas, Almeria)

"Europe's Only Desert"

May 2016

INDIA

"India's Tea Trains"

"The Real Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

"Adventure Travel With Your Mum"

         Mar-Apr 2016

COLOMBIA

"Colombia's Caribbean Coast"

"Trekking in the Coffee Hills"

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Ravens on the Road: Overland Travel Adventure

Four overland adventures across the USA, Russia, Black Sea & South America.

Driving the Trans-Siberian

By Simon Raven & Chris Raven

Amazon USA  * Amazon EU  *  Amazon UK

Ever had the desire to jump in your car and keep driving; to wave goodbye to routine and commitment, to drive into the unknown hungry for adventure? Well, that is precisely what overland travel writers, Chris Raven and Simon Raven, decided to do whilst stacking boxes of frozen oven chips in a -30 degrees freezer. Not being petrol heads and having zero knowledge of the internal combustion engine, the brothers fired up their rusty Ford Sierra Sapphire and headed east. 

After clocking up over 11,000 miles, quite literally living in the car, they miraculously arrived in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in Siberia on the Sea of Japan. What they had in fact done was to drive the entire length of the new Amur Highway before it was finished, which crosses Russia and the notorious Zilov Gap in a 6,200 mile swath of cracked tarmac and potholes. Along the way our trusty heroes drink vodka with Chechen criminals, escape highway robbery, trade banana flavoured condoms with Russian cops, meet the eccentric and plain weird at truck stops in darkest Siberia, endure torturous road conditions and have a race to the finish with the Germans. Surviving this insane journey by the skin of their teeth the brothers are forced to confront their worst fears in this toe-curling comedy of extreme road trip adventure.

Priding themselves in going it alone, Simon and Chris have been noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”.


Living the Linger

By Simon Raven & Chris Raven

Amazon USA  *  Amazon EU  *  Amazon UK

The sudden break-up with Emily Willow finds Simon Raven, ex-amateur rock god and bored internet producer, on a Boeing 747 bound for Seattle. Led by his twin brother, Chris, who is more than happy to exchange a career in fashion photography for the open road, they embark on a buttock-clenching journey of paranoia and self-doubt, as they traverse Interstate 15 across backcountry America. 

Along the way the hapless duo bumble through bear infested wilderness, meet the eccentric and plain weird on the American freeway, escape a bullwhip wielding maniac in Missoula and survive the evils of Las Vegas. Testing their friendship to the limit as they battle to reach their nirvana, which exists in the form of the bikini beaches of California, the brothers find inspiration on a journey that exposes the stark truth about work and relationships and which asks the question - what do you really want to do with your life?


Carnival Express

By Simon Raven & Chris Raven

Amazon USA  *  Amazon EU  *  Amazon UK

Overland travel writers, Chris Raven and Simon Raven, embark on a new comedy adventure that leads them to the wild and colourful continent of South America. From bull's testicles in Buenos Aires to bums and boobs on the beaches of Brazil, the Raven brothers put their dream plans into action and traverse the Trans-oceanic highway from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast of South America.

Pioneering a new frontier over the Andes and through the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, the bizarre and the beautiful cross their dusty path as they seek inspiration for a new book and go in search of the ultimate carnival. Not always getting it right, Simon and Chris tango through the Argentinean vineyards, cycle to the Moon in Chile, lose themselves in the mysterious world of the Inca Empire, swim with caiman in the Madre de Dios, experience panic in the Pantanal, The Rolling Stones in Rio and conclude their journey in Olinda at the carnival of the soul.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Black Sea Circuit: An Adventure Through the Caucasus

Black Sea Circuit
By Simon Raven, Chris Raven

The legends of Jason and the Argonauts, Noah’s Ark and a tribe of fierce female warriors known as the Amazons all originate from the Black Sea.

Gripped by curiosity, Simon and Chris fire up their twenty year old Volvo that looks, “as rustic and weather-beaten as a Cold War tank” and embark on a quest to drive full circle around this ancient body of water at the birthplace of civilisation.

In the shadow of rising tension in Ukraine, the brothers get up close and personal with the fascinating people who inhabit the six nations that surround these colourful shores. Living on the road like the nomadic horse bowmen who once ruled the steppe grasslands, they explore Crimea, the Caucasus region of southern Russia’s “Wild West”, the Georgian kingdom of Colchis, Turkey’s Pontic coast, the megacity of Istanbul and complete their journey in Romania at the outfall of the mighty River Danube.

A career in overland adventure travel was launched when Simon and Chris coaxed a rusty Ford Sierra across Siberia from the UK to Vladivostok. Priding themselves in going it alone, the brothers have been noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”.

BLACK SEA CIRCUIT

By Simon Raven & Chris Raven

Order your copy online from Amazon and all major book retailers. ISBN 9780954884284.

Friday, 10 January 2014

The Frida Kahlo Experience

A Self Portrait of Frida Kahlo in the Garden of the Casa Azul. By Chris Raven
By Simon Raven

The first time I heard of the Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo, I was visiting the Argentine Capital of Buenos Aires. It was the summer of 2005, and I had arranged to meet a journalist who worked for La Nacion, the national newspaper of Argentina. I’d fallen into conversation with Martina in a cafĂ© in the colonial city of Sucre in Bolivia some weeks before. She'd invited to show me around her city, and we’d agreed to meet outside the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA) the day before I was due to return home to London.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Opium with the Konyak King (Nagaland)

Discover the less visited state of Nagaland in the North East corner of India, where tribal kings still rule and environmental damage is taking its toll.

Nagaland men at roadside (India). Photo by Chris Raven
Photography by Chris Raven

Tribal Nagaland is the last point before the Indian subcontinent merges into South East Asia. Pressed against the border with Myanmar, the rolling hills, heavily deforested on the Nagaland side, stand in stark contrast to the virgin forest of the Burmese wilderness. This is one of the newest frontiers to open up in the much traveled destination of "Incredible India". With tourist permits to the state being relaxed Nagaland is set to be the new tribal adventure destination.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Accidental Art

"Life imitates art" in photographs. By Simon Raven.

Accidental Art
Photography by Simon Raven © All rights reserved