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Why India is Not Expensive For Tourists

By Rohit Agarwal

Visitors have been visiting India for thousands of years. They have left a variety of comments on their observations. Some reported on the advanced level of civilization. Some reported on the wealth and majesty of the ancient kingdoms. Some reported on the variety in the terrain. And even more reported on the variety in the people. From human-eating Aghoris to God-like Kings, there are reports on the beauty of the women. Always accompanied by more reports of the beauty and lustre of their ornamentation. There is, however, not a single comment on India being an expensive place to visit or live in.

Jama Masjid - Photo by Dennis Jarvis, CC BY-SA 2.0
Jama Masjid – Photo by Dennis Jarvis, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://www.flickr.com/photos/archer10/2215082618

This has in fact led to a new trend today. Many expatriates, especially pensioners, have decided to not just visit India, but to in fact spend their lives here. This phenomenon is also seen in many other countries in South East Asia. The availability of all necessities at a reasonable rate is the primary factor. In many of the popular places where you can find expatriates living in India, such as Goa, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow and many of the hill stations in India, such as Darjeeling, Ooty, Mussoorie, Manali and Naniatal, the cost of living is much lower than in any developed country.

Accommodation

First of all, everyone needs a place to stay or spend the night. The availability of economic accommodation is, in fact, on the rise in India. Although the rents and prices are quite high in the big cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, this has led to smaller cities, which very earlier not so confident, offering much better alternatives. For those on a very short visit of less than a month and wanting to cover as much territory as possible, there are even sites where locals host guests in their own houses for free. Such sites include couchsurfing.com and globalfreeloaders.com. These are very popular in India, with Indians wanting to host guests to learn more about the world through their guest’s experiences.

Asians are very hospitable by nature and Indians are no exceptions. If you are able to strike a real rapport with the locals, they will usually offer you some food and drinks. And if you actually like it and let them know, you will get enough to fill you up and more.

Some useful economical accommodation options:

Salvation Army’s Guesthouse at Colaba, Mumbai. This is a stone’s throw behind the famous Taj Mahal Hotel, which fronts the Gateway of India. YMCA & YWCA have an extensive network in India. Youth hostels are a great option. The added advantage here is that you will get a chance to mingle with locals, as youth hostels are popular with the locals too. You might even end up making a friend or more for life.

Travel

Thanks to the British, and then India’s social politics, travelling in India is easy. Travelling by train is the best and most economical way to transit between one city/town and another. There is a special quota reserved for foreign visitors, so it is usually not a headache to get a seat. But do try to always book your tickets at the earliest, as the trains in India are always full.

The canteens at railway stations are an economical refreshment option. The hygiene is better than in most other small outlets in India. You would usually get some simple western-type food, such as sandwiches or cutlets, and drinks as well as the staple Indian cuisine.

Other common modes of travel include the airlines, buses and taxis. Rickshaws operate in most big cities for travel within the city.

Food & Beverage

India offers some of the spiciest and some of the sweetest food in the world. As anybody who has eaten at any Indian restaurant will know. The Samosa has become our mascot for cultural exports.

The cuisine in India varies with its people. As you move from one social group to another, you will find a different cuisine. And the variety in India beats any other country, hands down.

The variety in the beverages is also just as splendid. From the thick Lassi of Punjab to the refreshing Chaach of Gujarat to the invigorating Nariyal Pani (Coconut Water) of the coastal belts, your thirst will be quenched in India.

Shopping

Almost everybody who visits India wants to take back a souvenir. There are so many monuments in India and all of them would be replicated in small souvenirs that you can buy. India is also famous for its handicrafts. As it has a huge tribal population.

India was also the only source of diamonds in the entire world till about only a century ago. It has again become the largest diamond cutting and polishing centre in the world. Gems and jewellery is a very popular shopping item in India. Many tourists buy things in India which they can sell in other countries for a profit. This is a smart way to reduce or even totally compensate the cost of your trip to India.

As you can see, coming to India is never a question of money. It is only a question for the heart. India beckons; will you answer the call?

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First Time in India? How to Get a Prepaid SIM Card as a Foreigner?

This post from our travel writer based in India, Rohit Agarwal, is very useful for travellers needing to get a SIM card in India. We found the process a bit daunting when we were there in November, so these hints are very useful. Thanks Rohit!

All set for a holiday to India!
Of course you like to stay in contact with your family and friends back home, so while planning your trip do not forget to pack a handset that does not restrict you to one service provider. Certain makes and models of handsets are restricted to use SIM cards of particular service providers or are locked. This could be a strong barrier to cheap communications during your trip, so it is a good idea to pack an unlocked handset which is either dual, tri band or quad band so it can work in India.

Image by Ramesh Lalwani, CC BY 2.0
Image by Ramesh Lalwani, CC BY 2.0

There are certain things to note while you hunt for a prepaid SIM card in India.
1. Documentation
To purchase a prepaid SIM card, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • 2-3 coloured passport size photographs,
  • A photocopy of your passport, specifically the page containing your personal details,
  • A copy of your Indian Visa,
  • Proof of your stay in India – a letter from the Hotel or guest house confirming your stay as a guest, and
  • A photocopy of the proof of address for your place of residence back home.

On providing the above set of documents you should be able to access a prepaid mobile service in India.

2. Which service provider should you choose?
There are a range of mobile prepaid service providers available in India such as Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Reliance, BSNL & MTNL. Apart from the ease of availability, also consider good network coverage and data connectivity. Though all the service providers boast of good network coverage, the challenge is to provide uninterrupted 3G and 4G connectivity. The larger carriers here are Airtel, Idea, Vodafone and Reliance. If you travel  to rural areas or inland regions, then MTNL or BSNL would be the best option as they have better coverage in these areas.

3. SIM cost and running expenses
Buying a SIM will cost you somewhere between 150 to 250 Indian Rupees, and you may need to pay extra to recharge it. Recharge options are customised for different parameters like local calls, STD calls, ISD packages, data packages, SMS packages, etc. When you choose the recharge option consider convenience and optimal usage that suits your needs. Recharge choices also come with validity options. Packages are available for day, month and even annual use. You should be very cautious while selecting these packages. On average, an international call is charged at approx. Rs. 7 per minute and an international SMS might cost you Rs. 5 per SMS. On the other hand, calls or SMS within India would cost you around 1 rupee per minute or 1 rupee per SMS. Also, many coffee shops, bus stands, museums and hospitals provide free Wi-Fi access.

4. Calling from an Indian prepaid SIM
To make outgoing calls from your Indian prepaid mobile service to any city within India, you need to dial the STD code of the city when dialing a fixed line number. If you intend to make a call to a mobile number within India, you need to dial +91 (country code for India) prefixed to the 10 digit mobile number. Similarly while making an international fixed line call, dial the country code + area code + phone number, and for an international mobile number call dial the country code followed by the mobile number.

Many airports in India have kiosks or desks that provide you with prepaid SIM cards. If you have all the required documents handy, using this facility at airports would be a viable option for all foreign travellers looking for a means to connect back home.

Edited by Martin Drury

The Culturally Aware Traveller

Over the years, I have been fortunate to travel to a number of countries whose culture and lifestyle is dramatically different from our relaxed lifestyle in Australia. Many of these counties have strong religious and cultural protocols that as a visitor you need to be aware of and respect.

In this post, I would like to share some hints for how to be a respectful traveller. We have found by following a few simple guidelines, that people are much more likely to talk to you and make friends if you show respect for them and their culture.

To start, here are some general points:

1. Open your mind. After all, aren’t you travelling to learn something new? By having an open mind, you will earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people. Be tolerant and respect diversity, and importantly – observe social and cultural traditions and practices.

2. Respect human rights and show respect for your hosts. Treat people as you would like to be treated.

3. Protect wildlife and habitats. Don’t purchase products made from endangered plants or animals.

4. Have respect for the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage.

5. Support the local economy. The best souvenir you can take home is something that has been made locally, where the money goes back to the community.

6. Take time to understand the customs and traditions of your host country. Avoid behaviour that could offend the local population. Some of these points will be discussed later.

7. Be familiar and comply with local laws

Overview

I hate to say this, but one of the big mistakes that Australians in particular make, and perhaps people from other western cultures, is being too laid back. They often take their relaxed attitude with them overseas, often not realising they are showing disrespect to their hosts, but also dressing in ways they would never do at home. Bali is a great example, often on the main street we will see people walking around in their swimming costumes like the whole island is a resort. Sorry peeps, the locals might not say anything to you but you are saying something to them – very loudly. Keep it at the resort, or at least throw on a tee-shirt and some shorts or a skirt before you decide to go for lunch in your bikini.

Modesty

My rule of thumb here is don’t wear less than the locals. For example, when we travelled to Turkey I discouraged Marty from wearing shorts, as we were travelling to a Muslim country and I had some experience in dress etiquette from past trips to North Africa, Malaysia and Java. It was ironic when we met a tour guide who said that the Turks call people who wear shorts ” Germans” (which mens tourists), indicating that you stand out as a tourist when you are a guy wearing shorts. We were often complemented by locals (some of whom are now our friends), that we “are like Turkish”. I was so happy when people said this to us as I felt accepted, even though we are tourists.

When I pack to go to Turkey my wardrobe is not that different to what I wear at home (except around the house). Trousers, long skirts and long sleeve tops covering my shoulders and chest are staple items. With blouses and tops, I try to avoid tight, clingy fabric, opting for flowing designs that are also long enough to cover my backside. I also make sure I have an assortment of scarves, just in case we go to a mosque or somewhere more conservative, where I might need to cover my hair.

When I travel to Asia, I do pack a little lighter but try to follow some simple guidelines. In most Asia cultures it is not appropriate for women to expose their shoulders, so I avoid sleeveless tops. I also opt for longer skirts and trousers (below the knee). For men, it varies, but the rule about sticking to long or 3/4 length trousers in Islamic countries is a good one to follow.

Eating

This one is a challenge for me as I am left-handed, though my advice here is if you are travelling to a non-western country then you should eat with your right hand. There are lots of other rules to be aware of too – for example in India it is customary to wash your hands before eating – because it is acceptable to eat with your hands. I would say it is just good hygiene to wash your hands before eating. In many Asian countries you will get a fork and a spoon instead of a knife and fork. Watch the locals for hints here, but I tend to just use my fork to eat with and the spoon is to help push the food on the plate.

Keeping time and gestures

Many of the countries we have visited have very rubbery time management skills, often joking about how things run late – Turkish Time, 5 Turkish Minutes, Bali Time, Rubber Time as all common expressions. What we have learnt is that there is no point in getting cranky if things don’t run to time, you will always get there (fingers crossed). In Turkey the irony is that it is very uncool for you to be late, but you are not to complain if the other person is late.

Eye contact is a tricky one. As a westerner we are socialised to make eye contact, to look people in the eyes and smile. In rural Turkey there were some rules around this – women should only make eye contact with other women and men with other men. This used to be an interesting feat as we would walk a lot and people would often say hello, but after a couple of months we got the hang of it. Rural people in Turkey are incredibly generous and would offer food, lifts and tea, which we would always accept out of politeness, realising it was a great chance to learn more and meet some wonderfully kind people.

Another example of avoiding eye contact is closer to home. For many Aboriginal people in Australia, it is considered rude to look someone directly in the eye and a sign of respect to defer the gaze. I have mainly encountered this custom in the Northern Territory, especially when I was growing up. As a young person I understood this custom as a form of shyness.

The protocols around touching another person is something to be aware of when travelling – for example, touching people of the opposite sex is not acceptable in Islamic countries, unless you are family (or considered family). Touching people on the head is also a no-no in many Asian countries and with Maori peoples. My approach to meeting and greeting people in regards to touching, is that I let the person from the host culture guide me, for example – if someone offers a hand to shake, I accept. I take the same approach with other protocols including the hongi, the Maori greeting where you press noses and inhale. Also, read up before before you go.

The most important piece of advice I can offer about being a culturally aware traveller, is to have a great time on your journey, learnt lots and grow 🙂

Seeking your input
This post is a work in progress and if you have any pointers to add, please let me know and I will add your advice to this post.

Useful resources

The Responsible Tourist and Traveler
Five Ways to Show Cultural Respect in Your Host Country

Photo Basics

Text: © Garry Benson 2014
Images: © Garry Benson 2014

Here are some simple tips and rules that can help you to create better pictures. Use them to lead you to create that extraordinary picture. Remember though, there are exceptions to every rule, so you think something will look good, don’t be afraid to try it!

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

This seems like a little thing, but often times just taking a pause before pressing the button and really looking through the view finder or in the LCD can go a long way to improving your shots. Check that everything is in the viewfinder that you want or that there isn’t too much there. Also, check that the camera is straight and level. I see so many shots that have the skyline askew – if you don’t have editing software you can adjust the level in iPhoto if you are a Mac user.

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

Try to use the highest image resolution available so that you can crop or edit the image without too much loss of image quality. You might have a smaller number of shots on your memory card but continually delete those shots that don’t work and you’ll free up space.

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

If you’re shooting a person try to watch that objects behind the subject do not seem cluttered around the subject’s head. An example might be a plant growing out of their head, a lamp or a bright building directly behind someone’s head which will tend to detract from the picture. On the other hand, do it intentionally and end up with a goofy shot like the above.

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

Try shooting your subject from different angles not just straight on. Often times a unique point of view can really add dimension to a picture.

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

Don’t be afraid to climb up that hill, stand on a chair, or even lie on your back. Great artists will go to great lengths to get that perfect shot! Try turning the camera 90 degrees and taking a vertical shot instead of a horizontal shot.

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

This particular technique works great when shooting a picture of one or two persons. If you’re working with children often the best technique is to get down to their level – the eye line really works well and they’re more comfortable.

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

You will undoubtedly notice that time lag between pressing the shutter release and the exposure. This delay is necessary because your camera needs a little time for pre shot calibration and to balance the colours. Just hold the camera steady for a little longer than usual until you get used to the time delay and take the shutter to the first pressure. It’s like shooting a rifle – target shooters squeeze the first pressure then lineup their shot.

There is also a delay between shots as the camera processes the previous images. Some new cameras have buffers that let you continue shooting during the processing time, which is great for fast action photography. If your camera doesn’t have a buffer you’ll have to wait between shots, so look for a camera with fast shot to shot time.

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

If your camera lets you to override the auto focus, you’ll want to use this feature if you take a lot of action shots, or if you are shooting through glass like this shot through my bedroom window. Even if your camera has a buffer, the auto focus may not react fast enough to give you sharp pictures if you shoot too quickly or the light is too low.

© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014
© Garry Benson 2014

 

Have you ever noticed that your shots sometimes have a cool, clammy feel to them? If so, you’re not alone. The default white balance setting for digital cameras is auto, which is fine for most snapshots, but tends to be a bit on the “cool” side.

When shooting outdoor portraits and sunny landscapes, try changing your white balance setting from auto to cloudy. That’s right, cloudy. Why? This adjustment is like putting a mild warming filter on your camera. It increases the reds and yellows resulting in richer, warmer pictures.

Often your shots will look slightly underexposed or darker on auto exposure. But this means you have a lot better detail in shadow and highlight areas that you can edit with your image editing software.

© Garry Benson 2014

© Garry Benson 2014

If your shots are consistently overexposed check the setting – you may be using an extremely high exposure setting like 2400 or 3600. In bright sunlight the camera can’t cope if you’re on a manual setting.

Get your camera out and go through the menus one by one. There are probably different menu settings for Record and Playback, and most display data such as shutter speed, aperture and date & time. Mine even has a Travel Date setting that tells me how many days I have left until I arrive in Bali!

Black and White Photography

Images: Garry Benson and David Bailey
Text: Garry Benson

© David Bailey
© David Bailey

In our glorious world of 80 centimetre 3D LCD TV’s etc, the concept of Black and White photographs may seem perverse – but there is inherent beauty in a black and white image. The art of black and white images is both a timeless and dramatic way to view the world. Instead of focusing on color, you can create images based strictly on light and tonal range – this allows you to view the gradual (or not so gradual) changes in your image and see the ‘soul’ of a photograph without distractions.

David Bailey worked in Black and White with his models – and got brilliant results:

© David Bailey
© David Bailey

Since you can’t really see the world in black and white, there are several important things to know before you set out on your next landscape photo shoot to ensure that you create the perfect black and white image.

© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson

Change your vision
Shooting successful black and white images may change the way you look through your viewfinder – that is, you need to start viewing in tones rather than color. The tonal range of your image is basically the amount of highlights, shadows, and every shade of grey in between; highlights are your bright whites, shadows are your dark blacks, and midtones will be any combination of the two.

© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson

Exercise: Viewing in Black and White
Before setting out to shoot a black and white image, look at a color photo and try to guess what parts of your image will be highlights, shadows, and midtones. It may help to print it out and circle the areas that you think will be brightest and darkest.

Once you’ve completed that, convert the image to black and white on your computer and see how well you did. What colors were lighter than others? Did you make any incorrect predictions?

This is a good exercise to help you start viewing your world in black and white, and will also guide you to make correct predictions in the field.

© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson

Use the Histogram
The histogram is your best friend when shooting black and white images as you can instantly see the level of highlights and shadows present in your photograph. A histogram with a spread from left to right will be a dramatic black and white image – this indicates that a full tonal range was captured and will tell you the percentage of each tone.

Neither histogram is better than the other in this respect – it depends entirely on the kind of scene you’re going for.

A bit of “chimping” (when you check your LCD screen after every shot) may be needed to get the results you want as what you see in the field can change dramatically once you upload it to your computer – there is no better way to evaluate what your black and white photo will look like until you read your histogram.

© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson

Composing your black and white image
While you should approach a black and white landscape as you would normally in regards to composition, there are a few things to be aware of which may affect how you compose your shot.

© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson

Since you’re dealing strictly with tones now, you should try to use that to your advantage when choosing a specific subject (if you have one) – this is especially important with foreground interest. Instead of relying on color to separate your subject, focus on the tones to create a dramatic photograph – as seen to the top right where the darkness of the trees is used to contrast with the white environment.

You can also compose your image to follow the light rather than the context of your image. Sunrise/sunset images are fantastic subjects for this as the low-angle can create intricate paths of light throughout your scene. In the image to the bottom right, one of the most attractive aspects are the fluid shadow patterns over the snowy landscape.

Also notice here how the dark tree contrasts well with the grey sky – this is another fantastic example of using the tonal range to separate the subject from your surroundings.

© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson
© Garry Benson

Dodging and Burning
Ansel Adams, a pioneer in black and white landscape photography, was infamous for his usage of dodging and burning to not only increase the tonal range of his landscapes, but to direct the attention of his images – in other words, where he wanted the eyes to be drawn to. This darkroom technique is often used in digital photography.

So that’s just a quick introduction to the beauty of Black and White – try it yourself and see what results you get…

A Day in the Life of Kathmandu

An Exotic mix of Hindu and Buddhist Images
Images: Garry Benson © 2014
Story: Garry Benson
Editor: Tracey Benson

Nepalese Map
Nepalese Flag

 

‘There’s a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu,
There’s a little marble cross below the town;
There’s a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.’

The above poem is set in Nepal (‘to the north of Kathmandu’), during the British Raj and tells the tale of a wild young officer known as ‘Mad Carew’, who steals the ‘green eye’ of a ‘yellow god’ (presumably an emerald in a gold statue) to impress his beloved. He is wounded in the course of the robbery, and later murdered, presumably by a devotee of the god for the theft, who returns the jewel to the idol.

Like the Khyber Pass, Kathmandu is a romantic legend that lives up to its reputation for the exotic and adventurous. I was first there in 1991 when I was about to start a six week trek to Everest Base Camp via the newly opened Arun Valley route. When we joined the main route we were struck by the difference between a ‘virgin’ route and the old tracks near Lukla – the amount of trash was incredible.
When I returned from the trek I had a few days in Kathmandu to fossick around with my 35mm Nikons & a Widelux Panoramic camera that produced a 50 x 24mm panoramic shot.

Image: Garry Benson © 2014
Image: Garry Benson © 2014

For camera buffs at a cost of around $A2000 in 1991 it had a unique film transport system – the film went around the curve and the lens travelled from one side to the other around the central tower slit. The quality was brilliant as shown on this detail of my shot of Everest (the black bastard) and Chimu (from Kalapatar). And another advantage was that unlike battery powered cameras it didn’t freeze up.

Image: Garry Benson © 2014
Image: Garry Benson © 2014

Back to the point. I took the following photos whilst walking around the byways of Kathmandu, trying to get the image, sound and smell of this strangely medieval looking city.

Image: Garry Benson © 2014
Image: Garry Benson © 2014

Kathmandu is the capital and largest urban centre of Nepal. The urban city astrides the Kathmandu Valley and consists of Kathmandu Metropolitan City at its core, and its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur.

Kathmandu is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It is also the nerve center of the country’s economy as it has the most advanced urban infrastructure in Nepal. Although tourism in Kathmandu declined during a period of Maoist political unrest, today it is much improved. For example, in 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top 10 travel destinations on the rise in the world by Trip Advisor, and ranked first in Asia.

The city has a rich history, spanning nearly 2000 years, as inferred from inscriptions found in the valley. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Hinduism and Buddhism are the most popular religions in Kathmandu. There are people of other religious beliefs as well, giving Kathmandu a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the most commonly spoken language in the city and English is understood by Kathmandu’s educated residents.

Image: Garry Benson © 2014
Image: Garry Benson © 2014

Nepal has faced significant political unrest over recent years, which travellers should be aware of before they take the journey to Nepal. Its troubled history includes the 2001 massacre of the royal family, where the heir to the throne, Prince Dipendra, killed nine members of his family and shot himself. The dead included King Birendra of Nepal and Queen Aishwarya.

Upon the death of his father, Prince Dipendra became de jure King of Nepal though died after three days after the massacre as a result of his injuries.

A few years ago, the political parties of Nepal agreed on forming an interim government under the leadership of Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi. Constituent Assembly elections were held on 19 November 2013 to end the political deadlock. The second election for the constituent assembly was held successfully and Sushil Koirala was appointed the new prime minister.

The Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website warns travellers to exercise a high degree of caution:

This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. It contains new information under Summary and Local travel (on 16 February 2014, a Nepal Airlines plane crashed in western Nepal, killing all 18 people on board). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Nepal due to the uncertain political and security situation.

Although Nepal is a country where western tourists do need to be very careful, it is still an incredible place.

References:

Australian Government – Smart Traveller website (accessed 30 April 2014)

Nepal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia (accessed 30 April 2014)

10 Things We Learned From Years of Travel

This is a fabulous post by James and Terri Vance who write about their travel adventures on http://www.gallivance.net.
There is some really great practical advice and I love their morning habit of complementing each others wardrobe choices.
Will definitely be spending some time exploring this site over the next little while.
Thanks Terri for letting us reblog 🙂

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As always, our travels have taught us countless lessons. And since we love learning … here are our favorite “Aha! Moments.”

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7 tips if you Want a Career in the Arts

This article is about some things to think about if you want a career in the arts.

Tracey M Benson

A few people have asked me recently about what advice I would give a young person seeking to embark on a career in the arts. I find this interesting as I don’t necessarily see myself as being ‘in the arts’, probably because my working life spans a number of career sectors. I also don’t make money directly from my creative practice, though it has provided me the skills and discipline that has ultimately led to paid work in non-profit, government and education sectors, working on stuff I love by creating online environments.

My first year of art school was 1988, finally jumping ship after three years working in a bank. I can still remember feeling like my eyes had opened to the world, and that I was finally around other people who understood and even encouraged some of my idiosyncratic traits. For me, it was like my biggest dream had…

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