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If you’re a regular reader of Nokia Conversations, you might remember Patrick Walsh. He’s the modern day adventurer who spent six action packed years travelling around the world. While the countries and continents changed, one thing always stayed constant: The trusty Nokia smartphone in his backpack.

Recently, in a two part series, he shared the reasons why he uses Nothing but a Nokia to travel through some of the most remote destinations on earth. Now, Patrick has got a book out, Life Is, which shares more of his life story and showcases his amazing trip with fifty never before seen photos, all taken with Nokia smartphones. We hooked up with Patrick to find out more.


What prompted you to spend so much time exploring the world?

“As a sixteen year old, I asked myself a simple question, “If I could do any three things in the world, what would they be?” Third on my list was to explore this great planet of ours.”

Sounds like a fantastic idea, but why with a Nokia?

“While planning my trip, I learnt that Nokia were releasing the N95 with a 5Mpx camera in their flagship store in New York. So, that settled it. I decided to fly from Ireland to New York and begin my exploration of world from there.

The N95 was so far ahead of the game, it was worth it. There was no need for a camera anymore; my Nokia would meet all my electronic needs from alarm clock to calendar to camera.”

The Nokia N95 was a fantastic smartphone. How do you see Nokia Lumia 1020 in comparison ?

“Over the years, I upgraded as Nokia devices developed. However, with the release of the Nokia Lumia 1020 in July, I knew that we were entering a new era in smartphone technology, particularly from a camera perspective.  The ‘phoneographs’ that I had captured in Antarctica, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the America’s, as good as they were, would never again be able to stand comparable to the ‘phoneographs’ that will be captured on smartphone’s in the future.  Nokia’s once again changed the game.”

“The Nokia Lumia 1020 with its PureView Pro imaging technology is going to take ‘phoneography’ to the next level – a level that I could never have imaged as I walked out of the Nokia store in Manhattan with a N95 in my hand and a smile on my face in 2007.  With its high-resolution 41Mpx image sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, pixel oversampling and lossless zoom we are entering new territory.  The quality of photographs captured on mobile phones is about to change forever.”

You’ve put together three videos, featured here, to showcase your book. What can you tell us about them?

“To salute the Nokia’s that have been with me as I have travelled to more than 100 countries around the world I have spent the weekend searching through the photographs that I’ve captured over the past six years. Here is to the N95, X6, N8, Lumia 800, Lumia 920 and the PureView 808.  Most of all, here is to the future of smartphone technology and the Lumia 1020 – the start of a new era.”

 “I hope these will inspire all ‘phoneographers’ around the world to ask themselves a similar question to the one I did all those years ago. Because just like Nokia and the continued development of their mobile devices, I believe we should all be aiming to develop at a similar pace as individuals.”

A great sentiment from a man who has been there and done that. To find out how, why not head on over to Amazon and pick Patrick’s book  Life is. Not only does it detail how he got to live the life of his dreams, buy also contains 50 unseen images taken on his various Nokia devices. Doesn’t get much better than that!