Thursday, 28 August 2008
Work it for the camera Max.
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
This guy was a very accomplished breakdancer.
Awww. I'm very excited now about the 3 weddings I'm home to shoot over the next 4 weeks. This Saturday I'm off to Manchester to photograph Amy and Lee in Peckforton Castle which looks stunning. Steven is enjoying the sun in the meantime on a beach somewhere in Goa before he flies out out to Thailand to meet me in September. Infact he was probably strolling into the sea to cool down yesterday at exactly the same time as I was huddled on Southerndown beach with my scarf and coat on. In August...
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
We are in Jodhpur, a big city in Rajasthan, India, after arriving in Delhi late last Thursday night. Its funny, even though we've travelled a huge distance over the last 10 or so weeks, seen some strange things and got used to being in different places, and even though this is the 3rd time I've been to Johdpur, India is still like one big fat smack in the face :)
Entering Mongolia on the train and seeing the vast expanse of steppe dotted with ger camps was incredible. And walking over the border into China to see a city full of street traders and people on bikes was really exhilerating. But its nothing like coming out of Delhi airport and walking into the thick heat, the colour, the noise, and 100 people who all want you in their taxi.
I love it here, but part of that is because it's such an extreme country, so incredibly different from anywhere else. 20% of each day is so rewarding that you can forgive the other 80% that is frustrating, hot, sweaty, and smelly.
Some things I've seen in India in the last 4 days:
- A man praying to a cow in the street
- 2 adults and 3 children travelling on the same motorbike
- A festival
- Men with gigantic moustaches
- Hundreds of pilgrims walking with flags
- 4 cows lying in the road creating a brand new roundabout
- 2 car/motorbike crashes
- 3 crippled dogs standing together
- People queuing to pray in a shrine building lit up with hundreds of lights and filled with flowers
- A woman determined to sell me a turnip
- Babies with big kohl eyes looking out from the back of a rickshaw taxi
- One old man cycling 4 young men up an incline in Delhi
- The rooftop view of Mehrangarh fort from our guesthouse in Jodhpur
- Deep fried red chillis
- At least 4 million men standing around street corners in jeans and a shirt staring at me
So far things are going really well, and we've met some incredibly friendly, genuine people.
Sooo, no photos this time I'm afraid, because we've spent all our time on the furniture. That doesn't mean that every few yards I walk along the street here I don't see an award winning shot (or two). I really hope that one day I can go out with my camera and just take photographs. Although it will be very difficult because each time a westerner stops in the street here (without a camera!) 10 people stop with them, including 5 small children who want money, 3 handicraft shop owners, 1 man who wants to talk about cricket and 1 man who wants to stare at your chest.
We're in Jodhpur for the next week, so if I have any news or photographs before we go home I'll blog again. By the way, I know most of my readers are suffering with the yucky UK weather at the moment. Today it was stiflingly hot and I was starting to moan about it when the monsoon rain hit and it POURED down for about 2 hours, so much that it turned the streets into rivers and soaked my nice pair of shoes, grrr. Now it's stiflingly hot again and I wish it was raining. xx
Sunday, 3 August 2008
From the Yangtze, we caught a taxi, then a bus, then an overnight train, then a taxi, then another bus until we finally arrived in Yangshuo, hundreds of miles further south, near Guilin in Guangxi province. The journey probably would have been more fun if it hadn't been 35 degrees or above, and if I hadn't filled my rucksack to tip 18 kilos on that shopping spree in Beijing. Hey ho, I won't go on about the less glamourous aspects to travelling!
The little red pandas are more active and happy to sit in your lap for a fee. And some apple bribery:
Actually I have the cutest little video of Steven holding a red panda but my blog doesn't like it so I can't show it to anyone now.
Yangshu, where we stayed in southern china has some of the most unique geology in the country, with huge limestone river cut hills towering above sleepy little farms. The town is relatively touristy for China, but still quiet enough to be relaxing, and surrounded by the dark green of these limestone peaks and the bright lush green of the rice paddies. Its so beautiful. We spent 4 days there not doing very much, but we did hire bikes one day and take a trip down the river on a bamboo raft. Most of the time it was just sooooo hot we could only really slope around looking at the view. Which was fine, because I feel like we haven't stopped much during the last 3 months!
Buses in China aren't designed for big white western men:
A little snap of an impressive water and light theatre peice we saw in Yanghuo, where fishing boats with little lamps filled the water, and the surrounding hills were lit up, all set to music:
A touch of smog.....one thing I'm not sorry to say goodbye to in China.
So for the last week we've been hanging out in Thailand, with my brother and his girlfriend playing hosts for us. We stayed in a beach hut on Koh Samet, reading, swimming and eating for 4 days, and now we are back on the infamous Khao San Road, escaping from the heat and the tie dye in a little air conditioned internet cafe.
Look at the cool tee shirt my brother bought me! I love it!!
Because the good news is that in Hong Kong, I bought myself a very swanky new camera, and a brand new lens! Both of which I treat like my babies. The point and shoot is still in action because camera and lens mark II aren't allowed out of the hotel. My main professional camera is safely tucked up in bed back in Cardiff, so this my second camera, but my only camera out here so I'm taking good care of it.
I'll leave you with a photo of Koh Samet, taken just before I went for a little dip in the sea. Ahhh, this is the life!