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The Wandering Eye

If one is fortunate in life, interesting people will cross your path in unlikely places and at strange times.  Little did I think that I would become friends with a poster child for wanderlust in little Durango, Colorado, in perhaps the ugliest office building known to man.

So, I am pleased to introduce Kurt Schmidt, traveler extraordinaire and brilliant photog:

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Old Harbor- Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo: Kurt Schmidt


Kurt’s story starts as a 12 year old military kid in Germany, where he moved with his family for several years.  After a brief stint in Montgomery, Alabama, he thankfully returned to Heidelberg where he spent the all- important, formative high school years.   While most of us in the states were dorkin around with cruising Main St. and cow tipping, Kurt was developing extreme euro-coolness: club hopping, beers with buddies, flaunting cancer with extensive smoking , playing soccer, and remarkably – not getting into trouble.

Imagine the culture shock when he came back to the states to finish his degree at the University of Maryland:  no bar hopping until  21, trashed frat boys behaving like troglodytes, soccer as a poor sixth cousin to football, and, well , he was in Maryland.

Thus he returned to Europe as quickly as possible and has ping-ponged back and forth ever since, roaming the earth and collecting stories in Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, London, and now in his current residence- Croatia.

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 Looking out to Lokrum: Paradise in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo: Kurt Schmidt

Kurt got his first real camera in 2007, and quickly discovered a passion for capturing the essence of the scene around him, wherever that happened to be.

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Kotor Bay – Kotor, Montenegro.  Photo: Kurt Schmidt

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Split- Croatia.  Photo: Kurt Schmidt.

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Amsterdam.  Photo: Kurt Schmidt.

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Tate Modern Gallery- London.  Photo: Kurt Schmidt.

 

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St. Stephen’s Basilica- Budapest, Hungary.  Photo: Kurt Schmidt.

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Maksimir Park- Zagreb, Croatia

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