I've met photographers who sold almost everything they had to travel the country in an RV, doing portrait sessions along the way. I've known people who have given up everything they know about their way of life in order to have the ability to adopt a new sense of adventure. But this guy. This guy! He left everything, started diving around the world, and became National Geographic's "Nature Photographer of the Year."
When French-born Greg Lecoeur sold his company six years ago, he didn't know what his next steps would be. He had a comfortable life, but didn't have time to do what he loved: playing in the sea. So he dropped everything and started traveling with not much more than a backpack and a camera.
I ran a company, but I was working every day. I had money, but I didn’t have time to play in the sea. So I sold my company; I sold my car; I sold my boat. I left my apartment, and I found someone to take care of my dog.
It takes a lot of courage to exchange everything you know around you for a life of uncertainty and adventure, but Lecoeur seems to have done all right. After a 2015 stint in South Africa, he came back with some stunning images of underwater sardine migration and predation that landed him the grand prize in National Geographic's "Nature Photographer of the Year" contest.
photo by Greg Lecoeur
Proof that taking a risk and following your heart can lead to great things.
[via National Geographic]