There we were, travelling along the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan. A journey through mountain passes and dry valleys, along dried river-beds and empty places on lonely roads, with nothing more than dust-devils keeping us company. Low temperatures and the glare of the sun added to the harshness of the landscape.
However, it was a challenge that I enthusiastically seized in my quest to reach the fabled Minaret of Jam, a place that only a few travellers reach. But here, in the middle of nowhere, there was human activity; a rest-stop for truck drivers hauling their goods across the country, a place to stretch the legs and take shelter from the elements.
Although it was August, the place was cold, and I couldn’t imagine what this place would be like in winter. A hardy landscape creates a hardy people. This man tendered to our needs with chai and food, his face betraying the challenges of the environment.
In southern Iraq, just a few miles from the Iranian border. It was another hot day, and I was standing outside the structure called Ezra’s Tomb. Nearby, three kids were peeking through a doorway, their faces in obvious delight at the interest being shown to them by my camera. But the countless horrors of people killing other people will touch their lives in countless ways, and I wonder if they still smile. But I have hope.
I was exploring the relationships between photos and considered that contrasting colours could form a thematic link . So here is an expression of that thought with two photos; one from my trip to Bhutan in 2004, and the other from my trip Chile in 2006 .
I was here to experience the Karen New Year festivities in a rural village a few miles from Hpa An, Myanmar (Burma). During the day, much work was being undertaken by the villagers in preparation of the festival, and I went for a walk around the village and soak up the atmosphere.
Everyone seemed to be enjoying their tasks, including this man cooking the rice . The celebrations continued long into the night and, with the music, you can forget about sleeping! Photo taken in December 2014.
Dawn near the Kyauk Kalap Pagoda a few miles from Hpa An, Myanmar (Burma). It was important to get here early, not just to see this golden-red scenery, but to pack in a lot of activities such as exploring caves and trekking across the fields. Photo taken in December 2014.
When I first took up photography as a hobby, it was important to me that photos be taken in full-manual mode as I thought that doing so would give me insight on exposure settings. I’m not entirely sure how successful that method was, but it sure did make me a slow photographer! I now shoot almost invariably in aperture-priority mode. A piece of nostalgia for me, here is a photo from my manual exposure period, of a scene in Antarctica with extreme light and dark.
I took this photo way back in January 2014 but other projects prevented me from putting this online until only recently. This young girl, with her bright smile, was selling trinkets near the Mingun Pahtodawgyi pagoda in Myanmar.
Setting out on the Yangon Circular Railway, sometimes you just have to put your feet up and relax. This young man certainly did. Photo taken in January 2014.
A palm tree at dusk along the Kinabatangan River. This was near an Abai fishing village where I stayed overnight. Plenty of mosquitoes here, and extremely glad that I had brought along my mosquito net. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Two zebras having an altercation in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. Photo taken in May 2017.