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The last 12 months – 2016 in review (photos and writing)

Reflection is a powerful way to promote self-development. It gives us the opportunity to understand what we have done well, as well as the hindsight to understand opportunities we have missed, or times when we may have acted negatively. Ultimately, in the name of efficiency, we would hope to learn and adapt quickly, which can often be a difficult task.

Life is scattered with difficult and challenging moments, which are opportunities for patience and growth. It is easy to lose the grasp we have on our emotions and become frustrated in our professional and personal lives, but these situations are also great tests to practice self-restraint and control.

How fast do you give up on a challenging task or period in your life? Would you rather relieve yourself of frustration, or persevere in a moment of adversity, and deal with whatever may be hidden on the other side? Unknowns can be frightening, but those grey areas are where we can find new challenges and chances to test ourselves.

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Shooting and Developing Kodak Double-X (Eastman 5222) Film

Kodak Double-X (otherwise known as Eastman Double-X 5222) is a reliable black-and-white cinema film adapted to suit the 35 mm camera frame size. This film is considerably ‘rare’, and not commonly stocked.

Double-X excels in outdoor low-light situations, even when shot at native 200 ISO (ASA), allowing for excellent portraits at f/2.8. Double-X film shows beautiful contrast and is very forgiving in its highlights and dark shadows.

I developed this roll myself and took note of my development and processing steps, noticing a lack of clear and concise processing information for Ilfosol 3 chemicals on the Internet. I have shared the information below.

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Red Bull Presents ‘URBEX: Enter at Your Own Risk’

Towards the beginning of 2015 I was contacted by a European media production agency who asked me to appear in an upcoming documentary project about Urban Exploration. I was thrilled to be approached for this project, which concluded after Red Bull flew a filming crew to Australia, to live and film with me for close to two weeks.

Many months later and the series has premiered all over the planet via Red Bull’s media network. ‘URBEX: Enter at Your Own Risk’ is an intimate look at a group of Urban Explorers in numerous countries, as they ‘Risk life and limb to get inside, above, and around some of the most forbidden places on Earth.’

There were challenging moments throughout the filming – as a subject in the documentary, but also as a person learning and developing in life – and at times I struggled with expressing myself and being open about my feelings; it can be awkward having cameras around you.

While figures in the media and public may call us irresponsible, I hope that myself and many of the other Explorers in this series show our passion and pursuit is often in the name of self-development, art, and living a life we know can be taken away from us at any moment.

Thank you to Erik Fasolo for his time in this series. Furthermore, I am deeply thankful to everyone who has supported and encouraged my work since 2014. I appear in the series premiere Episode One, ‘UNSTOPPABLE’, and Episode Four, ‘UNLOVED’, of ‘URBEX: Enter at Your Own Risk’.

Bryce Wilson is a photographer, filmmaker, and freelance photojournalist from Melbourne, Australia.

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A Simple Guide to Digital Privacy and Security

The information below will teach you how to securely communicate and encrypt your personal devices (phones, laptops, computers, storage, etc.).

I have written this article without complicated technology jargon, and an understanding that many of my readers and supporters are young adults entering a world that is rapidly changing.

Edward Snowden: “Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”