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STORY TRAVELLER’S INTERVIEW, MATERA

It was Monday morning in Matera, a city located in a Southern Italian region called Basilicata. The sun had just crept up from behind the Sassi to spring the locals into action. I had planned a great start to my week beginning with an interview booked with Dutch visual storyteller and founder of Story Travellers; Caspar Diederik. I departed on my bicycle from the Palazzo Gattini where I stayed the night before in the same room that the Dalai Lama and Mel Gibson had used on their visits to Basilicata. I began my search for Casa Netural which would be hosting the interview. I flew through the Piazza Vittorio Veneto; the central square of Matera and then soon realised I was lost. I had two options; look at my map or ask a local, I opted for the latter which proved to be a wise choice, as I was soon guided back to where I began at the Casa Netural which is located opposite the Palazzo Gattini. You can’t beat local knowledge.

Caspar Diederik is one of the most interesting people I have had the pleasure to meet. Caspar first discovered a passion for telling stories visually since the age of 18, when he took a video camera with the idea to create a movie of his travels across Australia with friends. This progressed in his twenties to telling the visual stories of his time in Africa and South America on social media platforms. This in turn inspired him to curate Story Travellers.

Story Travellers are a group led by Caspar who share their travel experiences through photography, video and blogging. In the past tourism boards, regions, tour operators and hotels have utilised the Story Travellers skills to create beautiful showcases.

Caspar’s role as a chief Story Traveller has seen him travel to Holland, Costa Rica, Egypt, Mongolia and Italy where he currently resides. During the interview I was desperate to listen to him tell me about the capers he got up to whilst being a Story Traveller, but I soon discovered that Caspar only likes to translate his experiences visually with photos and videos. At one point during the interview Caspar picked up my Nikon camera to take photos of the moment, which I was to discover later, helping me to visually remember my time with him.

During the conversation with Caspar I asked him about any places off the radar to visit in Basilicata, his current home town. He reluctantly told me of the place that is losing its charm due to high volumes of tourists called Casa Cava which is at the heart of the Sassi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has to be seen to be believed. I’ll let you discover it for yourselves.

Caspar’s journey with Story Travellers has only just begun. From what I can see visual story telling is becoming one of the most engaging ways to show people what places worth visiting are really like.

Visit www.storytravelers.com for more information.

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