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Trying a new system…gallery view instead of single picture uploads.

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Sunshine State

After readership figures reached an all time low, I thought I should post some more recent photos to get a bit more up to date. I’ve been dabbling in other photographic mediums and thus the blog has fallen aside a bit lately. I do pull my trusty Mamiya out now and again to go for an outing in my home state. Herewith, random adventures from the first half of the year.


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Great Rift Valley

Great Rift Valley, Kenya, October 2010.

As I look over the fence, leaving the stall holders pleading for attention behind me, I look at The Start. The Great Rift Valley is where they say it all began, where humankind started to diverge from the other apes.

This part of the valley is now filled with greenhouses sheltering hothouse flowers flown to cold Europe. Many of the workers live in cottages that are not dissimilar to ones that housed factory workers in England during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century.

But from high above, none of that is apparent.

“All that we can do, is to keep steadily in mind that each organic being is striving to increase at a geometrical ratio; that each at some period of its life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life, and to suffer great destruction. When we reflect on this struggle, we may console ourselves with the full belief, that the war of nature is not incessant, that no fear is felt, that death is generally prompt, and that the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply.”

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications.”

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

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Good wells

The average Cambodia village looks like this – rice fields, simple one-room homes on stilts, some chickens scratching around. The rustic dwellings may lack certain comforts – a fitted kitchen and bathroom spring to mind – but most families seem to make do with what they have, except when they are without one crucial element that most Westerners take for granted. Many people in rural areas live without a clean and nearby water supply, and either have to travel long distances to fetch water every day, or have to purefy the water they have by boiling it.

There is a fix to this – a well equipped with a hand pump that the provincial authorities can install for around USD$500 or less.

This simple piece of equipment (which my friend Bo is helpfully demonstrating) provides enough water for 5 neighbouring families.

The second place we visited benefited a family with four children, as well as their neighbours. Immensely relieved by the fresh water supply, this woman bears the heavier burden in providing for the family, and not having to boil their water for ages is a great help to her (the well below was their old water supply).

If you do a quick search online, you’ll see there are dozens of organisations raising money to build wells in Cambodia. I can’t recommend any from personal experience, as these wells plus a third were funded by a Korean Rotary Club who asked Bo find locations for them and supervise their construction, but I do know that a small amount goes a long way.

Happy New Year 🙂 .

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Beach houses

A beach house typology of sorts.

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This is what summertime is to me.

(There is a teeny tiny airplane in the sky. I almost got rid of it as a dust spot until I enlarged the photo. Film is extraordinarily detailed.)

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Blue Lagoon

I am have some trouble editing this set from the Blue Lagoon in Iceland down to incorporate it into the larger edit. The little disembodied heads floating around in the milky blue are so appealing to me. Each frame is a microcosm of human emotion – people waving, smiling, kissing, relaxing.

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Back in Blighty

London may be synonymous with England to most outside the UK, but I spend my time far away from the big smoke. Living in an English seaside town is like living in a time warp.

Sepia-hued days in winter and Kodachrome in summer.

These photographs are from one afternoon, and I feel there’s a risk, photographing here, of producing a Martin Parr-esque view of the place. Although I love his work, his cynical eye makes me feel rather uncomfortable, so I’m going to try to produce work that shows a bit of empathy.

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