A Video Producer in Kampala: The Story of Safi and Amir

A Video Producer in Kampala: The Story of Safi and Amir

I recently spent three months in Kampala, Uganda, working as a video producer and photographer for Child’s i Foundation, a charity that works to support vulnerable families so that children don’t end up in damaging orphanages. My main role was to shoot and edit short films, to be …
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Finding Homes For Ugandan Orphans

Finding Homes For Ugandan Orphans

We arrived at the Smile Africa Ministries orphanage in Tororo, Eastern Uganda, on a hot and sticky afternoon after a bumpy five-hour drive from the capital, Kampala. As the car pulled in through the imposing black gates and into the large and dusty compound, it was immediately surrounded by a&…
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Digging for Opals in Coober Pedy

Digging for Opals in Coober Pedy

We humans are obsessed with shiny, sparkly things, going to phenomenal lengths and expense to get our grubby little hands on gems like gold, rubies, diamonds and emeralds.  Wars have been started, lives have been cut short, and enormous fortunes have been won and lost scouring the earth in the&…
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The real Lonely Planet guide to Naples

The real Lonely Planet guide to Naples

Like most people, I never go abroad without a copy of the latest local guidebook.  And more often than not, that guidebook will be the Lonely Planet.  Ever since I first went travelling with the 1997 edition of ‘South America on a shoestring’ (all 1170 pages of it, weighing nearly 3/4…
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India: a nation of selfie-lovers

India: a nation of selfie-lovers

The India found in the guidebooks is a magical and mysterious place.  Where exquisite palaces gleam and sparkle on the shores of majestic rivers.  Where dark-eyed beauties walk demurely between crumbling temples, their vibrant saris wafting the fragrance of perfume and spices.  Where monkeys play amongst statues of ancient gods …
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All aboard the Indian Night Train

All aboard the Indian Night Train

The classic stereotype of Indian rail travel, in many Western minds, is the one from films like Slumdog Millionaire.  Crowded, dirty trains, often delayed, idling for hours with no explanation.  People leaning out of open doors, perched between the carriages, or even sitting on the roof.  Narrow, uncomfortable sleeper berths.  …
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How to Take Great Photos of Markets

How to Take Great Photos of Markets

I’ve photographed markets from Cuba to Myanmar, and from Tanzania to Hungary, and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of them.  They are probably my favourite type of place to take photographs.  Markets are so buzzing and vibrant, there’s so much going on, so much …
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The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

No one survives even a day on Kilimanjaro, let alone making it to the top, without a frankly embarrassing amount of support from an enormous team of guides and porters.  It’s their job to carry your stuff, cook your meals, supply you with safe drinking water, put up your …
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Myanmar’s Marvellous Markets

Myanmar’s Marvellous Markets

Check out the details in this image: the produce neatly arranged, the clothes the women are wearing (and the fact that they are all women), the woven shopping bags, the digital scales… You can learn so much about a country by visiting its markets, and it’s one of the …
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A Festival Of Ice Music

A Festival Of Ice Music

In January 2016, while working on a new video project for Lonely Planet, I was sent to Norway to film at the Geilo Ice Music Festival. Geilo is a tiny ski town in the mountains in the middle of the country, about halfway between Oslo and Bergen, and every year…
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Taking Portraits in Myanmar (Burma)

Taking Portraits in Myanmar (Burma)

One of the things they say about Myanmar is that the people are really friendly.  Actually they say that about a lot of places – and sometimes it’s true.  But it tends to be only true in parts.  In most places people will be people: some are friendly, some are&…
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How To Row With Your Feet

How To Row With Your Feet

If you’ve seen photos of Myanmar, or been there, chances are you’ll recognise these guys. They’re the Intha fishermen of Inle Lake, in the centre of the country, and they’re probably the most iconic representation of the country and its people. The best time to see …
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Inside Myanmar’s Monasteries

Inside Myanmar’s Monasteries

In my previous post about Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, I noted how photogenic they are.  With their shaven heads, red robes, and peaceful expressions, they have this amazing ability to step into a location, no matter how dull or ugly, and transform it into an eye-catching scene. You see them …
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Red Robes And Ringtones

Red Robes And Ringtones

One of the things you can’t fail to notice when you travel around Myanmar is the large numbers of Buddhist monks. They’re everywhere, going quietly about their business, and in their red robes with their shaven heads they’re impossibly picturesque and photogenic, especially against all that beautiful …
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