BARTOSZ OCH, THE FOUNDER AND EDITOR AT LOVAGABONDO, A HUGE TRAVEL ENTHUSIAST, PHOTOGRAPHY GEEK, MINIMALIST FREAK, AND STUDENT OF JOURNALISM
“You are unlimited.” – Yogi tea tag.
For years I’d been vagabonding around the most remote places in Europe—sleeping on the ground, meditating on mountaintops, and hiking up every obscure, back-of-beyond trail I could find. By the time I started writing epic, 17-page-long stories about my adventures in my journal, I knew the world was my backyard. Without realising it, I was laying the groundwork for my future.
In 2011 I found DEFUZE magazine, a collaborative, quarterly art and fashion photography publication featuring young talent alongside established professionals. Having studied printing and preparation process in college, I felt like I was finally putting my skills and knowledge to the test. I have always enjoyed the creative process of playing with words and images, and I had always wanted to run a successful magazine.
My interest in fashion had somewhat faded away when I realised that it’s not manufactured clothes and pretty faces that I love and care about, but people, places, and real-life situations. That, eventually, led me to journalism, which I am currently studying at the College of Media and Publishing, reportage photography, and documentary filmmaking.
In 2014 I packed my backpack to the gills and virtually carried my home away with me. I flew to Iceland where for two weeks I walked around 150 miles. I wild-camped and deliberately subjected myself to almost absolute solitude so that I was able to reconnect with the true purpose of my life. That purpose I realised was travelling.
I also studied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at The University of Edinburgh. Additionally, I got a Writing Specialization Certificate in Academic English from The University of California as well as a certificate in Digital Photography from Harvard University.