Photographic Travel Blog

October 4, 2009

Thanks for visiting my blog. I have been a travelling photographer for the past few years.  I am especially interested in indigenous people and their surroundings. I hope to capture this magical interaction with my camera. This blog will help me develop a more journalistic approach aswell as allow me to share some of my personal travel and photographic experiences.  I will try to explain some of my photographic ideas and techniques as I go along. I hope this blog will appeal to people with an interest in photography and travel so please feel free to comment on my posts and share your own thoughts and experiences. Finally I apologize for my shocking grammar. I really wasn’t an English teacher in Japan for three years..

I make my living from these images. Please don’t use them without permission. If you like my work please follow the links on my website where many of these photos can be purchased. Look out for fine art prints coming soon!!

Beach Life

March 22, 2010

We’ve just returned from a few fun weeks photographing fantastic models on the beach. While the Northern hemisphere has been hitting record sub zero temperatures to even things out a little Krabi in Thailand was enjoying a heat wave with temperature’s around 35-37 degrees Celsius. It’s supposed to be winter here too.. Despite the heat we managed to scout some amazing models and the images I ended up with exceeded my expectations. In just two weeks we photographed and made friends with fascinating people from all over the world (Argentina, the UK, Canada, USA, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Thailand). Yet again this experience has reminded me how lucky I am to have found a career where work really doesn’t feel like work.

This experience has also helped me with the direction I want to take this blog. Most the people photographed here own a digital SLR and have a strong interest in photography. I hope through this blog I can give a little back by sharing how I get some of my images as well as becoming a place where people can share their own thoughts and ideas about travel photography.

Thanks again to the wonderful models below!! A tutorial on beach photography will follow soon..

Little Måns and Ebba

Viveka, Rickard, Ebba and Måns

Kate, Robbie, Jamie and Lance

Ruedin and julien

Megan, Mathew, Ruedin and Julien

Megan and Mathew

Jamie shaking her booty..

Anthony, Alex and Carlos

Carlos

Ton Sap Floating Villages

January 29, 2010

Imagine stepping out of your front door one day and falling 20ft to a red mud baked road below, then a couple of months later splashing into a rat and snake infested lake only inches from that same door step. This is life for the people of Ton Sap floating villages in Cambodia.

Life has barely changed for centuries in kampong Kleang, dictated by the seasons in this harsh environment. during the dry season vegetables are grown on the flood plains, animals graze and the villagers are connected by road to the rest of Cambodia. As the water rises life continues as the villagers main fishing industry gets into full swing.

This photo was taken during last years dry season in the same are as the image above. I was photographing a fisherman from the bridge when I first noticed a fast approaching mass of metal, humans and soon to be pork. My first thought was ‘I need to get off the bridge before I end up in the muddy river covered in pig snot’.  At the last moment I managed to crouch down and fire of 2 shots. Luckily I manages to nail the focus on the front guy with the first. Only when I checked the LCD I realized the depth to the image as the people continue along the bridge telling the story of Kampong Kleang.

As the sun rises the village comes to life with activity; fishermen with their nets, floating grocery stores, children going about daily chores before school. For the children learning to navigate a boat seems as natural as learning to walk. Children as young as three or four can be seen alone paddling about the village. It’s times like this when you realize just how over protective of our children we can be in the West.

The People of Kampong Kleang are relatively wealthy with a healthy fishing industry. However, others are not as fortunate. I photographed this boy in Ti Pei floating village near Siam Reap three years ago on my first visit to Cambodia. I feel this images shows the boys great maturity and dignity as he fishes for his family. Only the next morning when I spoke to his parents I discovered just how hard life is for some of the people of Ton Sap. Twelve of his nineteen siblings had perished in this harsh environment.

I would like to thank my brilliant although slightly cheeky guide ‘Ratanak Eath‘ who has helped me enormously on my last three trips to Cambodia. I highly recommend him to anyone planning a trip to Siem Reap in Cambodia.