Background

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Background

I am English, but I have spent a lot of my life living in the sunnier parts of the world.

In 1997, when I lived in London, I met a woman I quite fancied. Her name was Harriet and our first date was at the Natural History Museum for a talk given by David Attenborough. A year later, on top of a mountain in the French Alps, I kicked off my skis, got down on one knee and proposed to her. We moved to Holly Tree Farm in Hampshire in 1998 and got married there a year later. Two dogs and two children followed, Thomas in 2000 and Tilly in 2003.

In July 2004 Harriet came into the bedroom and said she had had a bad bleed and there must be something wrong. Nine months later, in spite of the best possible care from some remarkably dedicated doctors and nurses, she passed away. Cervical cancer. She was 38 years old.

I packed up my life and took my kids and dogs to Cape Town in South Africa. I decided to give myself two years to get back on my feet and do something I had always wanted to do. I was going to train as a professional photographer. Two years became six. We were adopted by a husky who travelled with us back to England and onto Portugal.

This is the story of that journey. A story of healing, but also a feel-good adventure held together by two kids and a dog.

After Harriet died I kept a diary of sorts – often just hastily written vignettes scribbled down before I fell asleep. Travels with an African Husky has extracts from that diary and includes a lot of the photos of our journey to and from Africa, England, France and Portugal.

Please feel welcome to email me with your thoughts or comments about the book:

JMB email as a jpeg

OTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK:

Examples of my photographic work can be seen at JohnMartinBradleyPhotography.com.

I did a big project off my own bat photographing and interviewing 32 WWII pilots in then-and-now formats. www.combatpilots.co 

Women Partisans Project: I am currently photographing women partisans and soldiers who fought in WWII and The Righteous Among Nations who saved Jews during the Holocaust.  Click here to see more. 

For over ten years now I have run a website called DON’T MOVE TO FRANCE, a “look before you leap” site that emphasises the importance of having the right mindset when moving to a new country.

I also run a lighthearted Facebook page called I LOVE LAGOS which features photographs and sometimes brief stories about the famous seaside town in Portugal.

SEE THE PHOTOS THAT ACCOMPANY THE BOOK:

Travels with an African Husky Link to Photographs Page

John Martin Bradley, Lagos, Portugal. May 2016.

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