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Gordy) record company. Motown hired me to "replicate a place in Jamaica that Marvin had just returned from." The photographs were never published. The cover used on "Here, My Dear," is a funky b & w illustration.

My Cardiologist said of my bucket list trip, "If not now, when?"

AM: Do you still have artists that you have yet to work with, but they are on your bucket list?

Then it took me a year and half to make sure I really wanted to do it. Followed by another year and half to find loving homes for my pets, got rid of ALL my possessions, sell my home and even sell my photography archive. Because that too is "work," though I love my work.

EC: No. I left working with artists to working with food while a single parent with two sons living in NYC in 1985.

June 15 will be two years I've lived 24/7 in a vintage VW Westfalia Van named "Moonbeam."

I was photographer, art director, graphic designer for 14 years and then answered an ad in The Sunday New York Times to become a chef. I got the job on east 48th near 2nd Ave and started a career as hands on chef, restauranteur for 27 years.

AM: Can we expect additional books of your photography to be released, and if so, what artists will it be?

When I thought to do my bucket list, only one thing popped up and it was instantaneous. I started working so young, still in school, and worked continually. I missed out on spending time after graduating and wandering and sleeping in my vehicle. Low stress, Zen, lifestyle. AM: How do you view the photography industry now in terms of the use of digital and even being able to break into the industry to work with notable artists? EC: I love digital, apps, social media. I like not having to worry if I have enough or the right kinda film! You just remember to have battery life. For me, great way to express myself. In terms of breaking into that industry - I shudder to think. AM: We hear that you're on a bucket list journey. What made you want to do that? EC: I had a health wake-up call in 2012. Also, I attended funerals for two long time friends in the same week. Learned I would become a grandfather, twice, by both my children within a five month period.

EC: Yes. Next month, my Jimi Hendrix photographs, "Burning Desire" will be available. I'm grateful for the books I have and the future is uncertain. Stay in touch with Ed Caraeff's bucket list trip on Instagram via @thebucketlisttrip All photos are courtesy of Ed Caraeff

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Our celebrity cover for the May issue of Athleisure Mag is, Jeannie Mai of FOX's The Real! This issue also includes a Travel Editorial with...

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Our celebrity cover for the May issue of Athleisure Mag is, Jeannie Mai of FOX's The Real! This issue also includes a Travel Editorial with...