Archive for November, 2009

Inflight magazine deadline

I’m writing two articles this week for an inflight magazine and submitting  images from my database to accompany. One article is based around Queenstown on New Zealand‘s south island. The other is about the sleepy, river-side town of Kuching in Malaysian Borneo.

The places are so different I find myself flitting from mental images of snow capped peaks and the shadow lands of Fiordland to the hot and steamy tropical jungle of Borneo. What a juxtaposition! It’s a little hard to get my head around and I need to focus on just one at a time. As it’s been hot here in Brisbane the last few days I’ve decided to focus on the cool climate of Queenstown and deal with the images and text for that.

I’ve been going through my Queenstown images selecting which ones to submit. Here’s a few of interest. Feel free to let me know which you think are best! I’ll show a few of Kuching in the coming days.

Trekking through Saw Pit Gully, near Queenstown

Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown

AJ Hackett Bungy

Ski road, Remarkables

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Pending exhibition

I’ve spent the morning preparing images for a new exhibition at Griffith University’s School of Social Work and Human Services here in Brisbane. These are the images they selected to reflect the nature of the department’s involvement in things like mental health, Aboriginal affairs, community and relationship.

Let me know what you think of the images!


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Dogs and owner, New South Wales

Sunset on the Oodnadatta track, South Australia

Hands reaching out over the fire, India

Aboriginal child, Queensland

Canoe at Lawn Hill Gorge, Queensland

Mother and baby in Segou, Mali

Karnatika girls selling cloth on a Goan beach, India

Footprints in the dune near Birdsville, Queensland

Borneo imagery

I’ve just been to Borneo and the land of sweaty and insect-infested jungle, rare and unusual monkeys such as the Probiscus or orang-utan and even (previously) cannibalistic tribal groups.

Mother and baby orang-utan, Semenggok Rehabilitation Centre

I’m in the process of updating photos to my website on this amazing region in East Malaysia. My favourite so far is this one of a female orang-utan with her baby. The baby was quite nervous about the watching crowd and shrank into its mothers hairy armpits but the mother drank milk and ate fruit without batting an eyelid.

At the rehabilitation centre the animals are fed twice a day because the forest simply can not sustain the numbers there. Some travellers felt the centre was little more than a glorified zoo because while the animals were free to come and go as they pleased they had also become dependent on the food provided. My feeling was at least they were safe from poachers and deforestation by staying near the centre. And the guaranteed opportunity of seeing a semi-wild orang-utan was too great a chance to pass up.

I’ll be uploading more images of Borneo over the coming weeks to this page.


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Hello world!

I’ve resisted this for far too long but I think it’s about time to get Visited Planet blogging! I figured it gives me the chance to express some of my thoughts about issues that Visited Planet comes up across all the time – be that work related, news stories, humanitarian crises or anything else. Plus I hope the community of Visited Planet followers might find it something of an insight into how I operate.


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