Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tea in Bangladesh

This was a story I wrote and shot for Fah Thai on the tea estates in Srimongol, Bangladesh. Interesting history of Hindus being brought over from India by the British to help set up the industry.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Alan Mahony for SEA Globe

This was a portrait I shot for SEA Globe in Bangkok recently of Alan Mahony, the managing director of Ramayana who are building Southeast Asia's largest water theme park in Pattaya opening mid-2013.

Chiang Mai for Bloomberg

Here's a few frames I like from a shoot I did up in Chiang Mai for Bloomberg a couple weeks back

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

India's Living Bridges for Readers Digest

In ‘the land of oranges’ in ‘the abode of clouds,’ a gentle people inhabiting one of the rainiest places on earth make use of living bridges fashioned from tree roots to cross surging rivers. If this sounds like something out of a fairy tale, think again, as truth is sometimes stranger than fiction in India.
Cherrapunjee, translating to ‘the land of oranges,’ is a sprawling, sparsely populated town in India’s North East state of Meghalaya (or ‘abode of clouds’) and home to over 10,000 Khasi people. The Khasi, a tribal Mon-Khmer group originating from Southeast Asia are one of the last true matrilineal and matrilocal societies where families inherit the wife’s surname and live with the female’s family. 

Inhabiting a lush green landscape of rolling hills, which the British aptly dubbed ‘the Scotland of the East,’ the Khasi of Cherrapunjee are no stranger to rain. As the rainiest place on earth, the local Khasi people saw their bamboo bridges destroyed each monsoon season. To create a permanent solution they began training the roots of rubber trees across rivers to create root bridges which took generations to complete. A very inspiring story about community coming together. As the owner of the guesthouse I stayed at put it: “These bioengineering wonders are eloquent testimonies of man living in harmony with nature.”
There are around a dozen of these bridges left, all found at the bottom of valleys involving demanding, steep and slippery return treks anywhere from 4-8 hours. (not so much when you're lugging a lunch of lighting gear!). A few more I liked from the shoot below.

Stealing Beauty Awarded at Graphis

Just found out the Chin Stealing Beauty portrait series I shot was awarded for the Graphis 100 Best in Photography:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hong Kong

I was in Hong Kong for the first time this week mostly visiting with photo editors there. Also managed to pick up a day of work with Bloomberg wandering around shooting street stuff which was great cuz I don't think I would've had the motivation to get out an explore this much! These were a few of my favourites.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Chin State in SEA Globe

Nice spread just published in SEA Globe of some pictures I took in Chin State, Myanmar