Tuol Sleng [S-21]

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 2001:   The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh was a former high school, converted into the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Tuol Sleng appropriately means “Hill of the Poisonous Trees” and was just one of at least 150 execution […]

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The Farm

Inside an abandoned former catholic girls farm/’rehabilitation unit’ I visited in mid 2013. Founded by a French sisterhood in 1953 – “the girls who came into the care of the sisters often had problems that could not be resolved in their normal environment and needed the loving care of others to restore their sense of self-worth.” The […]

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River Kids

Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 2001: While wandering aimlessly around the dusty streets of Siem Reap on a stinking hot afternoon, I photographed these local children fishing in the Siem Reap River. In 2001 Siem Reap was still a quiet, laid-back, dusty back water town- but on the cusp of huge changes. This was at a time before […]

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South By Southwest

Wellington, New Zealand, March 2015:  Wellington’s wild Southwest coast by Landrover:  Ohiro Bay to Redrocks, through Devil’s Gate and onto Tongue Point and the leaning Karori Rock lighthouse… then back again…

 

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Jump

Wellington, New Zealand, January 2015:  There was a “Birdman” competition on hosted by commercial radio station ZMFM- but the action at the nearby Taranaki Wharf jumping ramp was way more fun… From Architecture.co.nz Those “down with the kids” have been on and around this great piece of urban design all summer long. At this key […]

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Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon, Nov 2005: A video capturing some scenes from Beirut back in 2005. Beginning from entering the city from the north [Tripoli], to where I was staying near the former “Green Line“-  the start point for the 2005 Beirut Marathon. The Green Line was a demarcation through central Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War [1975-1990]. It separated the mainly Muslim factions in West Beirut from the predominantly Christian controlled East Beirut. The appellation refers to the former coloration of the foliage that grew along the boulevard.

The hallmarks of such a long and brutal conflict were still evident 15 years after the conclusion to this most bitter of wars. Along with the many cranes and signs of reconstruction, there were still plenty of battle scarred buildings standing, such as the infamous Holiday Inn- a favored snipers nest during [and after] the Battle of the Hotels. The film concludes at the Corniche, looking west into the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 

 

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Sky Point

Wellington, NZ, Feb 2015: Clear skies and a beautiful summer’s evening last week, got me out shooting the heavens until late. This particular night a meteor blasted through the atmosphere over New Zealand and was seen widely across the North Island. I saw the “flash” as it exploded- but was unfortunately facing/shooting in the opposite direction. I did […]

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