Archive for October, 2012

In pictures: East Timor

Since the last post I’ve been busy uploading a range of galleries from East Timor including:

– Dili
– Ramelau
– Aotaru
– 2012 elections in Dili
– 2012 elections in Baucau
– Diving
– Dili to Baucau (images from the roadside).

Check them all out here.

East Timor isn’t a place on most tourists’ agendas and yet its sad history has left a fascinating mix of people, languages, landscapes, food and culture.  Here’s some more images to tempt you for a closer look — tourism will aid in the ongoing infrastructural development.

Dili, East Timor

Baucau, East Timor

Children living in rural areas in East Timor are still among the most under-nourished in the world. Limited access to clean water and basic sanitation contributes to the spread of persistent infectious diseases such as diarrhea, which can be fatal. In East Timor, diarrhea accounts for 11 per cent of deaths in children under five years old.
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New galleries coming soon

I’ve just returned from 8 weeks in Asia – 7 weeks in India and 1 week in Malaysia. So that means new photographs coming soon! In the meantime take a look at the 2013 calendar options for some sneak preview shots of India in particular that will be soon shown online.

Return home not only means recover from jetlag but also time to catch up with work and things I’ve fallen behind in – updating Italian guidebooks, blog posts and uploading images… So I’ve started the process of uploading the East Timor shots from earlier in the year (yes way behind here). The Dili gallery is currently underway as is Aotaru. More will come in over the next few days.

As usual here’s a sneak preview of some of the images coming online.

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Visited Planet’s 2013 calendars

Visited Planet is pleased to announce the publication of two calendars for 2013. These have a limited print run only but are available for pickup in Brisbane. Please see details below!

Visited Planet 2013 – World Images
Containing images from around the world this colourful collection traipses Asia, Africa, North America and the Pacific celebrating life, work, relationships, landscapes, cultures and people. Visited Planet is an initiative designed to educate, equip and empower underprivileged people around the world. While the needs and challenges everywhere are vast so too are the opportunities to transform them. Visited Planet has taken on this vision. Every calendar you buy will help transform our world as a percentage of profits go directly into aid projects.
Size: A5 (1 month on two pages)
Retail: AUD $15 (free pickup from Auchenflower, Brisbane or additional postage costs apply)

Cameras for Asia 2013 – India
In 2012 visited Planet taught photographic skills to grade 9-12 students at the Moravian School in Rajpur, north India. The result is this excellent collection of photographs displaying vibrant local culture, vegetation and history. All profits from the purchase of this calendar will go directly back to the Moravian school.
Size: A5 (1 month on two pages)
Retail: AUD $15 (free pickup from Auchenflower, Brisbane or additional postage costs apply)

See the products page for other details.


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Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

Another recent story of mine published in the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign was this one about the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.

They used a lot of my images in the post, which recounts the festivities surrounding this rather colourful Chinese festival. It’s worth reposting some of the images as it really was a lot of fun to witness and photograph.

Here are some from the article and others from my database (you can view all the images at this link).

Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

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Cameras for Asia: India part three

Last week the Cameras for Asia: India classes moved to Rajpur, a place quite dear to my heart in north India.

I lived just near Rajpur back in the late 90s for a few years and I actually taught the two children of the principal of the school, hence the connection now.

The Moravian School has just over 300 students from kindergarten to grade 12. Many are from underprivileged backgrounds and the school assists their families with their education through to grade 12 and beyond. Most end up in colleges doing higher education.

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