The love behind the lens – Trey Ratcliff

“I felt so alive. I finally felt like I was finding my true life’s purpose… (When I became consciousness) It’s been a wild journey. By the way I still don’t know what I’m doing.” – 

– Trey Ratcliff

When a friend David Maxwell from Eight Wonder Travel called me to say he wanted to bring Trey and his business partner and friend Curtis up to our Luxury Lodge – Te Arai Lodge – I didn’t quite know what to expect, other than Trey knew how to take amazing photos. However as soon as Trey arrived I felt an instant connection. Trey embodies pure love, creativity and curiosity. He was so generous with his time and insights in to all things photography, psychedelic, Burning Man and life. He’s also managed to dissolve much of his ego whilst growing as a leading figure in fine art photography as well as an entrepreneur, educator and pioneer in HDR photography.

Trey Ratcliff Podcast

One of the real highlights of Treys’ stay was filming a 360 video podcast on my favourite hike – Bream Tail – which will feature on his youtube channel soon. Another highlight was watching his Alan Watts video – Life from above – which features many years of his best drone video. His Burning Man photography album is also unreal and a portal into another world, you can view it here. And he has a new book out here on the perils of Instagram and social media.

I hope you find the podcast as conscious raising as I did. Make sure you check out Trey’s amazing work in the show notes below. And hope it inspired you to step more in to love and your heart in everything you do.

Think less, experience and love more,


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More on Trey:

Trey Ratcliff is an artist on a mission to help spread love, consciousness and mindfulness to the world through photography and creativity. Running the #1 travel photography blog in the world,, has taken him to all seven continents over the past decade, and Google has tracked more than 140 billion views of his photos, all while building a social media presence with over 5 million followers.

Chris Anderson from TED called him a “pioneer” of the now ubiquitous genre of High Dynamic Range photography. Ratcliff had the first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian Museum and, sales of his large-format limited edition prints to fine art collectors worldwide have grown into a multimillion-dollar business. In 2012, he moved his family and photography business to Queenstown, New Zealand, before it became a trendy doomsday contingency plan. He is based there with his wife, three children, and their dog, Blueberry.

Show Notes:

Treys blog – Stuck in Customs.
Trey’s – Fine Art Website
Treys’ Instagram
Trey’s Youtube
Trey’s Pintrest
Trey’s Facebook

Trey’s page

Instagram Page – insta_repeat

Treys new book – “Under the Influence – How to Fake Your Way Into Getting Rich on Instagram: Influencer fraud, Selfies, Anxiety, Ego, and Mass Delusional Behavior”

Life from above – Alan Watts video.

Treys TED X Talk


Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth
Michael Pollen – How To Change Your Mind
DMT – The Spirit Molecule