Sun, 05 Aug 2018 11:25:15 +0000The Xizhou Pizza Seller, Yunnan 2010
Dian Zi Fan, sells Xizhou Pizza, or Baba, a local speciality snack from her stall in the village square. With a choice of rose petal jam or ground pork, the snack is placed in a lidded pan before being cooked by a blast from a roaring heater. Taken on a morning walk with Brian Linden during a stay at the Linden Centre on a cold winters day in 2010.
This is the seventeenth image in the Fabric series, dedicated to the people who hold society together – labourers, street sweepers, Xizhou Pizza sellers. You get the idea! More in the gallery
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:37:51 +0000The Boat Builders, Cam Kin, Vietnam
On the banks of the Thu Bon River and just away from the tourist hoardes in nearby Hoi An, life takes on a different pace in Vietnam. These men build and repair wooden boats using traditional methods on the side of the river. When we arrived they were busy putting bamboo fibres into the gaps between the wooden planks to form a waterproof seal. I had a go – it wasn’t easy, much to the delight of the boat builders. They were happy to pose for a picture before continuing their work.
This is the sixteenth image in the Fabric series, dedicated to the people who hold society together – labourers, street sweepers, boat builders. You get the idea! More in the gallery
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:42:19 +0000The Market Stall Holder, Hoi An
Nothing beats a local market for meeting people and experiencing local culture. This lady in Hoi An was selling spices and other wares and had a lovely smile. I bought some tiger balm and shot her portrait in the early morning light.
This is the fifteenth image in the Fabric series, dedicated to the people who hold society together – labourers, street sweepers, stall holders. You get the idea! More in the gallery
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:02:22 +0000Siu Yuk Barbecue Master, Kowloon
Scouting the street markets of Kowloon, there are always great characters you come across – they’re not always happy about having their photograph taken though. Deepest, darkest Kowloon this week, I came across this man – no idea of his name. A real character who also loved the camera.
I had earlier seen a pig suspended inside his shop ready for roasting and double-backed to get a better look. Roast meats are a mainstay in Hong Kong – you will see them hung up in the windows of restaurants in every district. This is the first time I have met a pig roaster though.
After having his photo taken on the pavement outside the shop, he beckoned me into the back of the shop, dimly lit by bare bulbs, the floor slick with grease. I left my vegetarian wife on the street as I made my way into a scene she would probably describe as a little shop of horrors.
Two huge gas powered cast iron barbecue ovens blazed away on one side of the room. He opened the oven door showing the pig carcasses hanging full length above the red hot coals. At the back of the room, another pig carcass hung in preparation for cooking. The chef sliced off the ears and through them past me into a bucket of water. He offered me a swig of rice wine – I thanked him and returned to the street as he continued his work.
This is the fourteenth image in the Fabric series, dedicated to the people who hold society together – labourers, street sweepers, Siu yuk barbecue masters. You get the idea! More in the gallery
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:32:39 +0000Chinese New Year
Kung Hei Fat Choi! The Year of the Dog is upon us and a good time to catch up on some cool rituals associated with Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year flower markets are an integral part of the celebrations. Mongkok has a permanent flower market but temporary fairs are set up in urban parks.
Mongkok Flower Market, Ritual #8
The Chinese New Year parade takes place on the evening of the first day of Chinese New Year. Acts from around the world as well as local groups entertain tens of thousands of spectators in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Party Girls, CNY Parade Backstage, 2017 – Ritual #9
Octopus, CNY Parade Backstage, 2017
On the Up, CNY Parade Backstage, 2018
Nathan Road CNY Parade, Hong Kong
Lai see packets containing lucky money are distributed around Chinese New Year to Family, children and workers. In the lead up to the new year, stalls spring up around Hong Kong selling the brightly coloured envelopes.
Lucky Lane, Central – Ritual #10
After the house has been cleaned, decorations are pasted onto doors to welcome in the new year.
Door decoration, Ma Tau Kok – Ritual #11
This greeting was painted by the famous (infamous) Hong Kong artist Kwok Mang Ho, otherwise known as the Frog King.
New Year Greeting Decoration, Ma Tau Kok – Ritual #12
Wishing you happiness and prosperity in the Year of the Dog.
More ritual photos in the gallery
Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:35:11 +0000Hong Kong Labourers
Having worked in Hong kong’s construction industry for over 20 years, it’s a bit of a shame I don’t have more photos of the workers. Labourers are the backbone of Hong Kong’s construction industry. As a small (and rather poor) concession, here’s a candid shot of a group of female labourers take a well earned break in Hong Kong’s financial district. They had great camraderie together.
This is the thirteenth image in the Fabric series, dedicated to the people who hold society together – labourers, street sweepers, post card sellers. You get the idea! More in the gallery
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:06:20 +0000Chasm, Sai Ying Pun
Black and white street for a change.
Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:58:23 +0000Correfoc, Barcelona
At different times in the year, each barrio of Barcelona plays host to their own Festa Major. These ‘big parties’ usually run for several weeks and include song and dance performances, art and photography shows and also the Correfoc. The correfoc, or fire run, is a Catalan tradition. We were fortunate to coincide our trip with the correfoc for Poblesec.
The basic idea is simple – teams from the local neighbourhood, parade through the streets with fireworks and onlookers attempt to get as close to the fireworks as possible. In this correfoc, young children were the firework bearers.
We’ll need to go back for the grown up version – the Gracia barrio holds a huge correfoc each August.
See more Ritual photos here
Mon, 01 Jan 2018 23:40:09 +0000Everyday Japan
Street shots from our trip to Japan earlier this month – all shot on iphone
Buying Bento, Kyoto
Okonomiyaki Masters, Kyoto
Waste no, want not, Kyoto
More to come
Sat, 30 Dec 2017 04:03:28 +0000Cultural Japan
A few shots from our trip to Japan earlier this month – the cultural side, all shot on iphone.
The temple for good luck – Kiyomizudera, Kyoto.
Todai-ji, the world’s largest wooden building housing the largest bronze statue of Buddha, Nara.
Torii Gate with autumn colours, Nara
A slice of Zen at the gardens of Tofuko-ji, Kyoto
A dash of vermillion at the Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine, Kyoto
And a few strands of bamboo at Arashiyama, Kyoto.
More to come later.