Floral Melancholy

Some days ago I shared a gallery of flower photos on Instagram. They’re so far removed from the photos I usually make, that a fair few friends were intrigued. How did I do it? why did I do it? So last night I shared a multi-panel Instagram Story of how I came to make moody…More

street photographers save me

Street photographers come from all walks of life. I’ve never met as varied a bunch as I did in Singapore last year. It started when I met Den and Vic while out shooting one day, back in September 2020. I mentioned in the last post, that this was when I picked up a camera again…More

street photography saves me

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been on a street photography bender for months now. I mentioned last July that I’d started shooting after 4 months of no photography. That wasn’t true. I didn’t start again until September, which makes it 6 months—half a year—not using my camera. When I did finally…More

A Memory of Mexico City

Holy week, Mexico City 2013. The water supply for most of the city had been cut off for several days so maintenance could be carried out on the pipes. My buddy Carlos and I loitered on this street, waiting for Micro (who was, naturally, a big guy) to arrive. The three of us were going…More

Americanos

“American? From Cuba? Bolivia? Colombia?” I was talking to someone from Venezuela yesterday. In the course of conversation, I mentioned that I work for an American NGO. He asked me that question. Because I’d forgotten. In the months I spent in Mexico, years ago, Mexican friends repeatedly reminded me that everyone from North and South…More

The night before Christmas (at Sea)

I spent Christmas at sea with my mother… inasmuch as being in the Straits of Malacca is “out at sea”, bounded by Peninsula Malaysia and Sumatra as we were, the entire time. I haven’t been on the water for years, and these 2 days brought back old lives: shooting the Svitzer tug crews in Perth,…More

Stories of Hope from Iraq | Middle East Institute of Singapore

On 30 October this year, I had the honour of presenting at a virtual salon session hosted by the Middle East Institute of Singapore. On tap during my 45 minute talk were lots of photos — of course! — of Kurdistan, of the refugees and internally displaced people who are a part of my big…More

On privacy

The guilt I feel for invading people’s spaces with a camera. Not on assignment. It’s different, on assignment. Because that is a job, with a clear-cut purpose. I get in there, and work. But doing the same when I’m out shooting for myself? That’s another thing. I was thinking about this when writing the last…More

Ganesha Barber

Out on a photowalk the other day, a few of us walked by this old school barbershop and the guy in the blue mask (below) waved at us. So we went over to have a chat, and in the process, got invited inside the shop. I’m always surprised to find that people enjoy letting random…More