Traveling is inspiring not only to make you think and reflect on yourself but also to be creative. For many years I have been a musician in Australia and the USA and music for me is such an important part of my everyday existence. My music was often inspired by places I visited, the people I met and how they all made me feel.
LTL Artist-in-Residence is about this feeling and inspiration. Primarily LTL will be providing healthcare but why not provide an experience for an artist so they can write about it, photograph it, be inspired by it. Each year we plan to take an artist of a different medium to provide them with an experience and document it using there medium.
Our first trip in August of 2011 we took New Orleans based photographer and filmmaker Jason Prowell. Not only was Jason inspired to take incredible photos and footage, he also brought our experience to the rest of the world and has helped LTL. On our return we had an exhibit and showcased Jason’s work whilst educating people at home about what LTL had done and what they plan to do.
If you are interested in applying to be a LTL Artist-in-Residence please email
As a photographer I get stale taking photos in my own hometown. Which is pretty extreme considering I was raised in New Orleans and it’s probably the most eclectic place in the whole United States. There is a newness and wonder that restores itself when I travel. I am instantly inspired by the simplest things and constantly reminded of all the amazing sights that are in front of me at every moment. My trip to Indonesia with Learn To Live was in a word, exceptional. Not only was I inspired around every corner, there was also a great sense of pride in knowing that something selfless and positive would come out of my work. A vacation is nice to snap photos of yourself by the pool or capture a nice landscape shot at dusk. What differs in going on a trip like this is that you are making a difference with this tool you have called a camera. It is a much deeper sense of accomplishment and one that will stick with me for the rest of my life.