Funemployment. An Introduction to the Good Life / by Frederik van den Berg

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Exactly two years ago today was my last day in the office. It had been five years of intense learning, experimentation, adaptation, and a ton of negotiation. It was a job many would envy – dealing with record labels on a daily basis; promoting artists, developing products, and once in a while making a small but tangible impact on the musical landscape.

Unfortunately, most chapters need to end for new ones to begin. A year of being addressed as 'patient' - fighting fevers, infections, inflammations and other unexplained phenomena on a roller-coaster-ride of medical conditions led to a decision to resign based on the simple need to smile again. 

I needed a break. An adventure. 

I told my colleagues I just needed a few months off, some time in the mountains with fresh air and fluffy snow. I just needed to relax, play, and let my body recover.

My camera became a tool as well as a ticket. It led me places and allowed me to capture figments of my imagination sprinkled around the globe. 

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The following images represent some of the transport methods over the course of my travels, an endless adventure behind a lens. 

And so the story goes…


POWPOWPOWPOW. Laax, Switzerland. March 2012

POWPOWPOWPOW. Laax, Switzerland. March 2012

Foggy days aren't down days...

Foggy days aren't down days...

Ericeira, Portugal - April 2012

Ericeira, Portugal - April 2012

Peniche, Portugal - May 2012

Peniche, Portugal - May 2012

Day 1 of the Aussie/Asia Adventure. Hong Kong. October 2012

Day 1 of the Aussie/Asia Adventure. Hong Kong. October 2012

The motto for the next 15.000km... Sydney, Australia. October 2012

The motto for the next 15.000km... Sydney, Australia. October 2012

Fraser Island, Australia. November 2012

Fraser Island, Australia. November 2012

Sailing in the Whitsundays, Australia. November 2012

Sailing in the Whitsundays, Australia. November 2012

Riding the Greyhound. Middle of Nowhere, Australia. November 2012

Riding the Greyhound. Middle of Nowhere, Australia. November 2012

Greetings from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. November 2012

Greetings from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. November 2012

Heading back to Cairns, Australia. November 2012

Heading back to Cairns, Australia. November 2012

Amanda with one of our many two-wheeled fire-birds - lost on Bali, Indonesia. November 2012

Amanda with one of our many two-wheeled fire-birds - lost on Bali, Indonesia. November 2012

En route to the Gili Islands, Indonesia. November 2012

En route to the Gili Islands, Indonesia. November 2012

"You walk from here." Mount Bromo, Indonesia. December 2012

"You walk from here." Mount Bromo, Indonesia. December 2012

Going to Green Canyon, Pangandaran, Java, Indonesia. December 2012

Going to Green Canyon, Pangandaran, Java, Indonesia. December 2012

Greetings from the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Christmas Day, 2012

Greetings from the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Christmas Day, 2012

After getting lost and covered in leeches in the 130 million year old rainforest. Taman Negara, Malaysia. December 2012

After getting lost and covered in leeches in the 130 million year old rainforest. Taman Negara, Malaysia. December 2012

Rock-climbing limestone in Ton Sai & Railey Beach, Thailand. January 2013

Rock-climbing limestone in Ton Sai & Railey Beach, Thailand. January 2013

Trying to decipher Burmese. Yangon, Myanmar. January 2013

Trying to decipher Burmese. Yangon, Myanmar. January 2013

Bus to Bagan, Myanmar. January 2013

Bus to Bagan, Myanmar. January 2013

Foot & wheel traffic, Bagan, Myanmar. January 2013

Foot & wheel traffic, Bagan, Myanmar. January 2013

Railroads to Kalaw, Myanmar. January 2013

Railroads to Kalaw, Myanmar. January 2013

Floating to Inle Lake, Myanmar. February 2013

Floating to Inle Lake, Myanmar. February 2013

Hippie in a Tuk-Tuk - tourist on a bus. Heading to Angkor Wat, Cambodia. February, 2013

Hippie in a Tuk-Tuk - tourist on a bus. Heading to Angkor Wat, Cambodia. February, 2013

Afternoon sunshine on a train from somewhere to somewhere, Vietnam. February 2013

Afternoon sunshine on a train from somewhere to somewhere, Vietnam. February 2013

Amongst the world's largest known caves. Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng, Vietnam. February 2013

Amongst the world's largest known caves. Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng, Vietnam. February 2013

The boss' ride. Gone spelunking, Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng, Vietnam. February 2013

The boss' ride. Gone spelunking, Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng, Vietnam. February 2013

Night-riding the sleeper buses. Sapa, Vietnam. March 2013

Night-riding the sleeper buses. Sapa, Vietnam. March 2013

Dawa Jordan for Reach Skateboards. Homeland Contest, Zurich, Switzerland. May 2013

Dawa Jordan for Reach Skateboards. Homeland Contest, Zurich, Switzerland. May 2013

A summer of skate-edits and action photography with Dunking Juice Productions

A summer of skate-edits and action photography with Dunking Juice Productions

Surfing the waves and surfing the books - Adventure: Education. Peniche, Portugal. October 2013

Surfing the waves and surfing the books - Adventure: Education. Peniche, Portugal. October 2013

My new home is down there somewhere. Lisbon, Portugal. December 2013

My new home is down there somewhere. Lisbon, Portugal. December 2013

Methods of transportation include:

  • Snowboard, Surfboard, Skateboard
  • Cars, 4x4's, Trucks
  • Scooters, Motorbikes, Bicycles
  • Hands & Feet
  • Planes, Trains, & Buses
  • Boats of all shapes and sizes
  • Tuk-Tuks & Taxis, Horse Carriage
  • Flippers, JetSkis, Kayaks

I will  share some stories from each of these chapters throughout the year, filled with an abundance of pictures and hopefully just a little bit of text. 

You can follow the fun by 'liking' my page on Facebook. Or you could just bookmark this website and come back every day. Whichever floats your boat! 

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon!
- FVDB