This photo started off with a tutorial on how to make hot air balloons using the paper weaving method, which I came across on Pinterest. It immediately gave me the idea to create something based on Jules Verne’s book “Around the World in 80 days”. I have always loved the story and the different film versions that have been made; however, my favourite has to be the the original movie from 1956, with David Niven, which won 5 Oscars.
I remember watching the film as a kid and being fascinated by all the different sights and sounds of the places Phileas Fogg (David Niven) and his valet Passepartout visited. The adventure they went on totally swept me away as a kid and I wanted to follow in their footsteps. The excitement of travel, to new or previously visited places, has stayed with me and I am like a little kid let loose in a candy store when I am travelling.