The Pool

Whanganui, NZ, Dec 2013: This block of land west of Wanganui was gifted to the Nukumaru Domain Board by H G Birch in the 1930’s and named William Birch Park. In 1934 a natural water sourced pool system was built (now known as William Birch Pool) fed by the Ototoka Stream. It was originally utilized as nearby Maxwell […]

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The Cathedral

Christchurch, NZ, April 2015: This was my first visit to Christchurch since the February 22nd 2011 earthquake that devastated New Zealand’s third largest city. It was a surreal experience, the centre around Cathedral Square was mostly unrecognizable, apart from the iconic Christchurch Cathedral.

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Tuol Sleng

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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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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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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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 […]

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Bridge to Nowhere

New Zealand, October 2013:  This historic abandoned suspension bridge is still hanging together a century after its construction. During most of it’s use (1918-1969) it was toll bridge for this busy agricultural area and the longest suspension bridge in the country-  measuring 477 feet (154.39m) between the two concrete towers. Today it still stands defiantly […]

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