Chief Ayar Rantes

Chief Ayar Rantes

It was pitch black outside, but the weak kerosene lamp in the nakamal provided just enough light to see the excited expression on his face. I touched on topics that were dear to him –  tradition and culture. There was no better person to tell me about these than chief Ayar Rantes.

The adventure that almost happened

The adventure that almost happened

It’s where the sun was born, the heart of the world, the most sacred of places for the Arhuaco people. Of course I wanted to visit! The place is a remote, traditional village in the Sierra Nevada mountains called Nabusimake.

Belarus with Panasonic Lumix GX cameras

Belarus with Panasonic Lumix GX cameras

It’s not often that a camera changes the way that you approach your work, but, without exaggeration this is exactly what happened when I got my hands onto Panasonic Lumix cameras. In large part, this is why I wanted to have a relationship with Panasonic – because I loved what they created.

Back from the edge of the world

Back from the edge of the world

Despite all the warnings of the impossible roads and the supposedly dangerous locals I made it to La Punta Gallinas and, I loved it. With the years I've come to appreciate the remoteness of places like these. There's something special in getting away from the masses, from the traffic and the noise. 

Fishing with Julian

Fishing with Julian

I navigated through the cactuses, past the donkeys, down the winding gravel road to the beach. Julian was untangling his fishing net, which is referred to locally as chinchorro. His wife Veronica and daughter Valeria were nearby keeping him company. 

Feeding the fish obsession

Feeding the fish obsession

The noise, the movement and then the sight of fish in boxes drew me in like a magnet. Those who know me, know that I fish whenever I can and that I’m obsessed with everything fish-related. The discovery that my hotel was right next to a fishing settlement got me pretty excited. 

Tskaltubo - A home away from war

Tskaltubo - A home away from war

"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.” 

The Smoking Landscape of Rustavi

The Smoking Landscape of Rustavi

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.

Wine and shashlik in Sighnaghi

Wine and shashlik in Sighnaghi

“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!” 

Photokina

Photokina

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.

The first Soviet cable roads

The first Soviet cable roads

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...

Inside a banya with a Lumix GX8 and the 12mm f/1.4

Inside a banya with a Lumix GX8 and the 12mm f/1.4

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...

Post-process Smarter

Post-process Smarter

Post-processing... I’ve written blog posts about it. I’ve made videos and ebooks. I've obviously made one just recently. Post-processing is something that I’m constantly experimenting with. Even today, a decade into focusing much of my energy and attention purely on photography, I still devote a good amount of time to fine-tuning my post-processing techniques.