DON’T DROP THE BATON - BUT DO PASS IT ON!

In an era that puts so much emphasis on stardom over wisdom, the spectacle of messy transitions has become commonplace. A few days before the Indonesian presidential elections, I could be talking about politics, but it doesn’t stop there: the…


INDONESIA’S ELECTION LINE UP

Musing over how the strangest of men can hold their nations in thrall (think Kim Il Jong, Papa Doc Duvalier, Hitler, Napoleon) it was inevitable that I should fall into contemplating the Indonesian political landscape. There is an old, tired…


THE A-TEAM: location shoot realities -

1st rule: you’re only as good as your team, 2nd rule: your team is only as good as you allow them to be. Behind the scenes is where the quality of whatever appears up front is decided, there is no question. We photogs spend a fair amount of time…


ENTER LEFT, EXIT RIGHT

Life and Death as seen from Bali warning: looooong post! Last week was for me personally a pretty dramatic one. Sometimes life, like the proverbial stage, has complete act changes, with characters either charging in from the wings or abruptly…


TO COMPACT OR NOT COMPACT

So you’re a photog. And you want to go out to dinner with friends, but you just know that on the way or where you are going something is going to happen. Or who knows, NEWS could jump up right in front of you. So do you wanna lug your full frame…


ON AGAIN: BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL 09

ON AGAIN: BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL 09 Having attended more than my fair share of official openings in Indonesia, I really tried to come late to avoid the droning speeches. Alas, it doesn’t always work. Having barely missed another modern, highly…


THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

On Saturday I had on my photographer hat to give a talk for the Bali Creative Community’s day long Creative Entrepreneur’s workshop. I had planned to talk about the importance of keeping the flame alive during our current economic downturn. As…


Cultural Theft

the justifications of the powerful I haven’t thought about this much recently, but a recent request on twitter by Kristie Lu Stout of CNN asking for opinions on whether or not cultural treasures belong in their country of origin got me going.…


Semana Santa and an Empire Destroyed

The Moor’s last sigh: lost treasures of a real civilization This Easter I finally made it to Andalusia, Southern Spain to see the Santa Semana week of Easter celebrations in Sevilla. I was curious to see how much similarity it might still bear to…


BARCELONA to ANDALUSIA

HOLA TURISTA (1) No regrets having tacked on a trip to Spain on to my job in Milan. Thought I would give a quick run down on recommendations on places where we stayed and ate! (Don’t worry I was travelling with non-vegetarian Thais who are fanatic…