Andrew Ling was always different growing up. Unlike other kids, he didn’t fear heights, dark places or spiders.
His greatest fear was the shortness of life.
“What I feared was that I might run out of time and how everything seemed to go by far too quickly,” he said.
Now, at 23 years old, he’s made it his life goal to change our perspective on how we view the world.
#1 W Circuit Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park.
#2 Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California.
Most people you and I know invest their time in jobs and education, never fully enjoying it. In this chaos, we miss the beauty nature provides. Mother earth is full of beautiful mountains, rivers, forests, and seas—yes, it includes cities and urban areas too!
The world around us is huge. And nowadays, communications and transportation can take us to the end of the world making it only seem small.
#3 North Cascades National Park, Washington.
We are too concentrated into boxes and need a reminder of the great, magnificent world around us. This way, we can finally realize how insignificant how many of our problems are.
“Growing up, I had never seen anything like these beautiful places before,” he said. “So when I did, it was life-changing… literally.”
Andrew travels the world taking pictures of nature using silhouettes of people for scale. The pictures feature the wonders of nature with him and travelers he meets along the way.
“To think that people actually spend their daily lives in a place that we often travel thousands of miles to see is mind-blowing,” he said.
He uses photography to freeze the feeling he feels when exploring. It also serves as his motivating agent.
#5 Julia Pfeiffer State Park, Big Sur, California.
#6 Mount Pilchuck, Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington.
“One day you will wake up, and there will not be enough time to do the things you have always wanted to do,” he said. “Do them now; you’ll never be as young again as you are at this very moment.”
#7 Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland.
Truer words have never been spoken. And from a such a young person.
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