Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ratchaburi Noodles for Bloomberg


Here's a slideshow of an interesting story I shot for Bloomberg on traditional handmade noodle making in Ratchaburi, a small province 1.5 hrs from Bangkok. A handful of companies have been making longevity noodles in the Ban Pong district of Ratchaburi province since 1960. Longevity noodles (or Shou Mian) were thought to have originated in China but in fact have roots in Japan in a type of noodle called Somen. Japan had a military base near Ban Pong during their WWII occupation in Thailand when they were building the Kwai bridge in nearby Kanchanburi. It’s believed that the Japanese introduced this technique for making longevity noodles to Thais who in turn made the noodles to cater to the Japanese troops. Longevity noodles are different from normal noodles which are straight like spaghetti.  The main difference is that they are handmade and workers start kneading them with their hands starting at midnight in a process that takes 14 hours. The noodles - made from wheat flour, food colouring and salt water - are cut into thinner noodles and stretched between 2 bamboo sticks to make them as thin as possible. Noodles are stretched horizontally into a figure 8 shape like the infinity symbol. The bamboo sticks contain one long strand of noodle which conveys the message of longevity. People like eating the noodles because they symbolize long life and good fortune.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fitness Bootcamp in Phuket For Beobachter



Here's a spread from a shoot I did a few months ago covering activities at PhuketFit for Swiss magazine Beobachter.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

When Elephants Were Young premiering on CBC


When Elephants Were Young, a feature length doc I was involved with, premiered on CBC 's Documentary Channel on Dec.7 and will be aired again on Dec.11. Anyone in Canada interested in learning more about the human-elephant relationship in Thailand should check it out: http://www.cbc.ca/documentarychannel/docs/when-elephants-were-young

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Lucie Foundation's 'Addressing Climate Change' Exhibition in Mexico City


Very excited to be a part of Addressing Climate Change, a photography exhibition that will be on display during the C40 Mayor's Summit in Mexico City. The exhibition is public and will be on view in Chapultepec Park for 6 weeks from November 30, 2016 - January 11, 2017. More info along with the work of some amazing photographers can be viewed on the Lucie site here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

When Elephants Were Young - Toronto Premiere


For those in Toronto, When Elephants Were Young will be screened at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Nov.22. This feature length documentary, narrated by William Shatner, is a project I've been a part of since the very beginning as both a videographer and associate producer. A Q&A will be held after the screening with director and World Elephant Day co-founder Patricia Sims. 
The film also features an original soundtrack by Bruce Fowler with additional music by Kate Bush/Placebo, Cat Stevens, and more. Proceeds from the screening support World Elephant Day. More info and tickets available here. Check it out! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Luang Prabang, Laos







A few pics shot for Bloomberg on a recent trip to Luang Prabang, Laos

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cambodian Tarantula Hunters



Here's a story I shot on a recent trip about the tarantula hunters of Cambodia featured as a slideshow on the Bloomberg website: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2016-10-13/the-tarantula-hunters-of-cambodia
"For some, it's the stuff of nightmares. For others, it's dinner. Around the small market town of Skuon in Cambodia, men and boys as young as five head into the jungle to hunt for an unusual prey - the Thai Zebra Tarantula. For generations, locals have dug the palm-sized hairy spiders from their burrows for use as a traditional cure for breathing disorders and backache or as a tasty snack. Now some environmental groups are concerned that increasing demand for the beasts and rampant deforestation are putting the species under threat."