Long neck Padaung

When I took this shot I thought that the photo would be a failure due to the extreme dynamic range involved. It was hand-held, shooting into the sun with the main subject being the Padaung woman in the shade. I revisited that photo this weekend and found, to my surprise, that it had a lot of information, and that it was close to my vision. So here it is in all its glory.

Padaung woman

Himba girls strike the pose

I took this photo last year in northern Namibia not far from the border with Angola. These two girls in a Himba village decided to have some fun with the camera-toting traveller!

Himba girls strike the pose


The dry, barren, and rocky landscape of Spitzkoppe in Namibia. Weathering has sculpted interesting shapes into the rocks and, juxtaposed against the night sky, provided an excuse to camp here and photograph the area in August 2015.

Spitzkoppe landscape

A starry night

Between the sand dunes of the south and the dry savannah of the north, a vast and varied landscape meet you head-on as we travelled through Namibia in our African overland truck. Near Spitzkoppe, we were surrounded by a dry, dusty and rocky environment. Hot during the day, chilly at night, and away from the city lights, this area provided some of the clearest dark skies in the world and, with it, a wonderful opportunity to take photos of the night sky. The views were breath-taking, and I’ve captured some of these moments in my photos on my website.

Later that night, although we had brought our tents, it seemed a good idea at the time that we would sleep under the stars with nothing but a sleeping bag between us and the heavens. So I lay there on a rocky outcrop exposed to the elements, and reflected on the day. As I looked up at the stars, the immensity of the Milky Way and its galactic core bearing down on me, I marvelled at the grandeur of the universe. With my trusty camera next to me, I snapped this view; it was the last thing I saw before I fell asleep. It was a night to remember.

Milky Way

Think to break free

A great crime committed against individuals and society is to be told what to think and not how to think, and where the tools of critical thinking allowing us to reason and make rational sense of the world are rejected. In particular, there are a multitude of institutions and people who follow and apply dogma, who discourage thinking and who discourage enquiry. This video by TheraminTrees describes how he was treated and how he managed to break free.

Himba girl

The Himba, a semi-nomadic people, are located in northern Namibia and in southern Angola. Last year, I spent a couple or so days in the most northernmost area of Namibia mingling with the Himba in their small village, and this young girl was out-and-about in the village.

Himba girl

Man at Karen New Year festival

An old man at the Karen New Year festivities being celebrated in a rural village. The celebrations continued long into the night. This was a few miles from Hpa An, Myanmar (Burma). Photo taken in December 2014.

Man at Karen New Year festival

Girl hanging natural rubber sheets

For the Karen New Year festivities being celebrated in a rural village, I stayed at a house which was also being used by the household to harvest and process natural rubber. The girl who lived here was hanging sheets of natural rubber to dry. This was a few miles from Hpa An, Myanmar (Burma). Photo taken in December 2014.

Girl hanging natural rubber

Destruction of Palmyra’s Temple of Baal (Bel)

I was in Palmyra 11 years ago. It was one of those ancient places in Syria that projected the influence and power of Rome. This is the Temple of Baal (or Bel). It no longer exists. The barbarity and inhumanity of the Islamic State, in its self-congratulatory frenzy of wiping out monuments and people not representing the glory of Islam, destroyed much of Palmyra last year.

Temple of Baal

Read more here http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/02/isis-destruction-of-palmyra-syria-heart-been-ripped-out-of-the-city