Casino Rouge

Bokor, Cambodia, October 2015: Exploring the ruin of the French colonial era Bokor Casino Hotel in Cambodia. The Casino was fought over by the invading/liberating Vietnamese forces and the murderous Khmer Rouge from 1979 onward. Due to it’s strategic place and size on Bokor plateau it was invaluable to either side to gain an advantage over […]

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Sinai

Sinai Peninsular, Egypt, December 2005: A short video documenting an excursion from Dahab on the Gulf of Aquaba- to Mount Sinai in the southern interior part of the peninsular. My travel companion and I were determined to do this independently using local transport, whether it be on the back of a 4WD or on the back of a […]

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Own The Sky

Flying back from my cousin’s (Claire Hamilton RIP) funeral in Christchurch, I felt obliged to shoot some footage out the window. Heavy turbulence leaving Christchurch (shaky cam) lead to beautiful views over the Southern Alps, Kaikoura coast, Cape Campbell, Cook Strait to end with a relatively soft landing in Wellington. RIP Claire…

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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 […]

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Damascene

Damascus, Syria, Nov 2005:  Damascene refers to someone from Damascus- (alternatively it could be read as ‘Damascus Scenes’)- hence the title of this video. I was fortunate enough to visit Damascus in a relative time of peace- but in a matter of years the country would be torn apart, into a war  that does not seem to have an end…

In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is/was a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. Filmed somewhat clandestinely in the Umayyad Mosque- one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world (considered by some Muslims to be the fourth-holiest place in Islam)- and the Al-Hamidiyah Souq- the soundtrack is mixed with the original audio, capturing the Mullah’s call etc….

 

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Stations

Jerusalem, Israel, Nov 2005: An exploration/pilgrimage of sorts. It was a Sunday morning, mass was on in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I wasn’t at mass though- but rather exploring the ground floor of the church as the organ rang out above…

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Seafarer

Wellington, NZ, yesterday: Last night I did something I haven’t done for years- go fishing! We went out on the Seafarer II, with owner/skipper Jono Delich at the helm, Bronwyn first mate, and 19 punters hoping to catch the big one. They weren’t biting, but the wind was- this is Wellington after all- “windy city”. We kept close to the western shore of the harbour protected by the hills- but the fish weren’t interested in our bait- except for the lucky anglers up front at the bow. We moved to another spot where I eventually got one- and later another- Jono almost doing a manoverboard- losing his footing in trying to retrieve it . It was a great evening out, the video only showing the “getting to”- it’s kind of tricky holding a fishing rod and a camera at the same time…

 

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