In the Mountainous Fields of Ha Giang

First Glimpse – Ha Giang

  Recently I spent an amazing week photographing Ha Giang.    This gallery is the first sneak peak of the week which was filled with awe-inspiring mountains and impossibly beautiful views along with loads of wonderful people.   Enjoy  🙂   I’m also working on a project to help raise funds for some of Vietnam’s…

People dance in the streets as a band plays inside a bar in Santa Clara, Cuba.

Mojitos and Night in Santa Clara, Cuba

A small bar in the beautiful old Teatro La Caridad building in Santa Clara is probably the best place to sit back and relax with a mojito in town.  Blessed with a position right on the central square it makes a great place to suck in all the atmosphere of this fabulous small town. The…

The Market, Cuba

On our way from Santa Clara to Trinidad we made an unscheduled stop at this local market. As a traveller markets are one of my favourite places to spend time for their ability to take you into the everyday of a destination – grand architecture and gorgeous landscapes grab my attention but wandering about a…

Basha Village, Guizhou, China

Basha Village, Guizhou, China

The small village of Basha, tucked away in the mountains of south-east Guizhou, is a fantastic place to get a taste of ethnic Miao culture. With the main street through town straddling a mountain ridge the village flows down either side.  Many women continue to wear traditional clothing, with males carrying on the ancient practice…

Flower Hmong - Vietnam Ethnic Minorities

Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities

There is nothing I love more as a traveller than hanging out at markets.  Always a hive of activity they are a place where you will find real life – real people doing real things! Nowadays, people often talk about how the number of shots they take with a digital camera has increased substantially compared…

On the streets of Yan'an, China.

Images from the Streets of Yan’an, China

Yan’an in China’s north-west was a fantastic place for street photography.  This bizarre outpost was the Communist revolutionary capital with Mao Zedong basing his operations here for many years after the Long March which ended nearby. Spending time here often felt like I had stepped into a totally different world – one that was very…

Traditional Lion Dance

Traditional Lion Dance in Guangzhou

I love all the excitement that comes with a lion dance.   Hearing that familiar pounding drum and the clashing of the cymbals is enough to get the adrenaline flowing. In Guangzhou recently I was lucky enough to come across a lion dance out the front of a temple and even luckier to get a front…

shaolin monks performing an athletic routine of kung fu

Shaolin Monks in Action

The mix of showmanship, acrobatic feats and seemingly unwavering abilities of concentration makes any Shaolin monk performance an enjoyable and exciting event. Despite their being thousands of kung fu styles only several hundred may have any sort of affiliation with the Shaolin Monastery.   This ancient art handed down through countless generations finds its roots in…

Cao Dai Service, Vietnam

Cao Dai Colour

Hailing from Southern Vietnam the Cai Dai religion is a feast of colourful kitsch.  Its saints include Sun Yat-sen, Victor Hugo and Vietnamese Poet, Nguyen Binh Khiem, while its beliefs and teachings seem to be a bit of a mish-mash of Buddhism, Catholicism and Taoism – the vibrant robes of red, yellow and blue are…

Dragon Boat Festival in Xixi Wetland, Hangzhou

Happy Dragon Boat Festival

As I am unfortunately not in China for this year’s holiday I thought I should drag a selection of last year’s shots out of the archive. While often you see dragon boats racing up and down in straight lines, similar to a rowing regatta which is all very orderly and organised, the event I attended…