Exploring To Tell Stories
Will Millard is a freelance journalist and expedition leader based in the UK. He has been leading expeditions in West Papua and West Africa since 2007 and has written and submitted images for BBC Wildlife, Geographical, Outdoor Fitness, Wanderlust and broadcast for the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent and BBC Radio 4. Below is an excerpt from an interview with him conducted by Sidetracked.com.
Do you have any final thoughts or ideas that you’d like to share with our readers?
I think the one thing I’d like to get across is that it isn’t easy to do expeditions in the modern age. Getting the money together is hard; I had to save up what little cash I had and do jobs I didn’t particularly enjoy to be able to do this and get myself to a position where I can – just about – get some money now from other people to go do these projects. Yet I wouldn’t do anything else that’s for sure.
However the main point, and one of the biggest things that stops people going off and doing these sorts of projects is not just money but the feeling that the world has now been explored, that there aren’t any new stories to be told anymore. However I think now it almost couldn’t be more important to be telling stories; we’re at the point of such incredible change across the world in all these different communities, tribal groups and indigenous peoples. It’s important that we try and help people tell their narratives of a changing world, especially if they don’t have access to the media platforms that we do. If you have a mobile phone with a camera on it you’ve got the portal to tell someone’s story; you’ve just got to get out there and do it.
Read the rest of the interview here.
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