"Those of us who fought in the war, we can’t ever go back. They’ve got our names in the system. If we come back, they’ll take us away. We’ve been living in this place for 24 years! What has the government done for us? They promise to finally resettle us into a new apartment block. We’ll see.”
An important industrial centre during Soviet times, today Rustavi’s industrial area is much more akin to a ghost town. I don’t remember where I heard about this strange, eerie place, but a friend and I decided to visit it the other day.
Myself and Jacob James will be going around some cities in Eastern Europe as part of the Lumix G80 launch tour. We'll talk about our photography, the Romania project we shot for Panasonic and there will be a Q + A. At the end, we'll have a hands-on workshop kinda thing.
“We were out collecting grapes all day. Now all we have to do is press them and then we’ll have a nice get-together. I came back especially for you. Really! Come!”
A man by the sidewalk sells portraits of Soviet party leaders, flags with slogans, badges, WWII medals. A woman opposite lays out vases and silver cutlery. Next vendor has a rocking horse, a chair, a record of Stalin’s recordings from the 50s.
Photokina is the biggest photography/video expo in the world. It takes place every second year in Cologne, Germany and it’s the place to be if you want any part in where the industry is heading, or even if you just like photo/video gadgets.
At long, long last I’m in Georgia! I meant to get here last year, but my Landy had some issues which were “fixed” in remote parts of Turkey. The incredible work of those mechanics meant that I had to fix what was “fixed” at an official Landrover workshop in Izmir...
I fell in love with the Braslav region in Belarus when I first arrived here 7 years ago. I’ve been coming back every other year since.
I’m now into my second week of working on a project for Panasonic Europe in Belarus. Since I became an ambassador for my favourite camera-maker, I proposed to show them how I’ve been using their Lumix cameras in my personal project...
This Photo Diary entry is an announcement, a really exciting one for me. Last week I became a Panasonic Lumix Ambassador.
A chilly early morning, piercing wind, pitch-black darkness and a winding mountain road made of rubble and sand. The motorbike wheels kept sliding along loose stones.
“Now that's the shot you wanna have!” This phrase became a joke with me Hardik and Deepti during our days traveling together. I heard it from Hardik too many times to count.
What I always miss about India is the feeling that something exciting could happen at anytime anywhere. For a photographer this is especially great. There’s just no other country I’ve been to where you’re so visually stimulated so often.
A man usually digs up the salt and loads it into a large aluminium basin. The basin goes on top of a woman’s head. She unloads it into the back of a tractor. A new pile of salt is waiting within seconds.
Dwarka… One of India’s holiest cities. The ancient kingdom of Krishna. The most Western point of India. Now a quiet pilgrimage town on the sea.
My love affair with South Gujarat continues. Having ridden back and forth here so much, I’ll miss the roads that go through it. They’re special. Different to many other roads of India that I mostly associate with hell.
I liken much of my travels to one giant scouting trip. I want to see as many places around the world as possible. But my ultimate intention is to come back to the best of the places and shoot in more depth.
For a photographer who predominantly makes images of people there is nothing like India. The country must have the highest concentration of amazing stories and characters per square kilometre.
The whole way from Diu was fairly green from the start. Banyan trees lined the roads and formed tunnels. Beautiful ride. Closer to the town of Somnath, we noticed something peculiar. Black smoke rose above some of the green fields.
I love fish (eating it) and fish related stuff. For once, I decided to get it out of my system. To photograph everything to do with fish in a port in Diu and to eat as much fish and seafood as possible.