5 Questions to Ben Cherry

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  • Profession: photographer, writer and blogger, providing social media services for companies and individuals
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Whooo! Have a look at this talented photographer in our series “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World”. Ben Cherry realized early that today´s good transportation systems, and the easy connection via internet, allows him to work from all over the world. As a freelance photographer, writer and blogger, and by providing social media services for companies and individuals, he is able to live a digital nomad lifestyle.

Why did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what does it mean to you?

As we become more connected, through better transportation connections and through the web, it is becoming increasingly realistic to be able to work anytime from anywhere in the world. I have been fortunate enough to travel a lot and I can’t think of anything better than exploring somewhere new and meeting new people. Living a nomadic lifestyle allows me to stay longer than simply going for a week or two, so I can begin to get under the skin of a place and understand it better.

Though the world is getting smaller, thanks to an increasingly globalised community, there is still so much to see and experience. I want to take advantage of this opportunity as much as I can.

How do you earn an income now?

I am a freelance photographer, writer and blogger, providing social media services for companies and individuals. Though my main photographic interest is nature and travel (I bet you guessed that one), my clients range from camera companies and natural history filming companies to the fashion and motorsport industry.

It is fair to say I have a varied client base, from Fujifilm to Aston Martin Racing, hair industry conferences to hair extension photoshoots! I am paid on a regular contract basis and for one-off jobs.

Ape at sunset

What is your approximate travel budget for a year? Any tip to lower it down?

This is hard to say, my budgeting revolves around whether I have any work lined-up in a new location. If not, then I work hard to build up a travel fund and allow for  contingency plans. I like to overcompensate rather than to underestimate when it comes to money.

There is always a hidden cost, whether it is medical cover, specialised insurance for you and/or your gear or the cost of visas or local taxes. This may sound like a bit of downer and not the ‘digital nomad’ attitude to exploring the world, but for me planning is vital. If I can minimise unforeseen expenses as much as possible, then I am more likely to be able to sustain this lifestyle, which at the end of the day is the end game. As with most things in life, travelling is as much a personal journey as an actual one, with more experience you start to understand, how you can minimise your expenses and improve your experience.

Wise investments: Investing in good quality products, that aren’t going to break on you a few weeks into visiting a new place means, that you’re not having to replace products as often and by the same token, you shouldn’t have to carry as much stuff with you. Hopefully this will lower your mental baggage of things to worry about as well as your physical baggage. I love enthusiasm and spontaneity, but some sensible budgeting can go a long way to keeping you out of the red and out there exploring.

What would you consider to be one of the best tools for becoming a Digital Nomad?

This is difficult to say as I’m a bit of a techie geek through my photography. Because of the jobs I do, I LOVE my iPad mini, it gives me such a powerful tool in a carry-anywhere package. Combine that with the Fujifilm X-Series which I use means, that I can travel with a much lighter set up than lugging around lots of DSLRs. The latest cameras have wifi functions, such as the X100T and X-T1, which means, I can send photos straight from my cameras to my iPad, to either send on to clients or to upload onto social media platforms.

Social Media is an amazing tool to utilise, if you want to be a digital nomad, from advertising your services and meeting people in a new area, to being a great way to keep friends and family updated with your experiences.

Landscape foto of a digital nomad

Do you have any advice for those starting a DN life?

I am fortunate enough to have a skill set, that allows me to work anywhere in the world, if you have such a skill set, then you can really make a digital nomad lifestyle work for you. The beauty of a DN life is, that it can be combined with other things, it doesn’t have to be full-time in the traditional sense. Search around for jobs in places that intrigue you, but most importantly: Iif you have the desire to explore, then simply go out and give it a go. Life is a fragile thing and if we don’t grab it and try and make it our own, then we will only live with that regret.

Go out there and make your dreams become reality. If you have any questions or just want to get in touch and chat then look me up on my social media sites.

Bio

Ben describes himself as an environmental photojournalist and has been interested in photography since eleven, building on a lifelong love and interest for nature, which combined into his passion: “I love capturing moments, that tell a story and taking landscape pictures, that depict the essence of a location. I attempt to get the viewer to feel the way I felt, when I took the image – it’s about experiencing the wonders of the natural world and how we relate to it.

Though he has a main subject matter, Ben has worked in a wide variety of different genres. Currently, he is sponsored by Fujifilm UK: “Fujifilm UK are delighted to be working with Ben Cherry. Ben shows incredible maturity for someone of his age. His images have shown outstanding photographic knowledge and technique coupled with the ability to tell powerful stories – whether that is of natural beauty or of the people who inhabit those places.”