About the Author

My name is Will.

Every year I research different places to go and my ‘I should go here’ list gets longer. I add it and then start thinking of the best way of getting around when there, be it cycling, backpacking or vehicular.

The Exploration Journal is my way to document my travels to these places and my development as a photographer.

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A ragdoll called 9

Two years ago my sister was getting married and I found myself being dragged around shops in Guildford looking at wedding outfits. I was bored. Then I noticed a bowler hat on a stand and snapped a quick photo thinking to myself that it would make a good thing to draw at some point. More than two years later, here is that drawing!

For those who haven’t come across 9, its an animated film about rag dolls in a post-apocalyptic future where humans are extinct and the rag dolls are being hunted by machines. 9 has recently woken up and persuades the others that it is time to go on the offensive. I’ve given you a quick overview, now go watch it! Its definitely worth seeing, the visual effects are stunning and the atmosphere is just the right blend of creepy and enchanting.

The bowler hat stand that started it:

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