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Happy Chinese New Year

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar and hello to the Year of the Sheep. Although apparently in Mandarin a “yang” is a horned animal so it could be the year of the goat or ram too.

In any case it’s time to bid farewell to the Year of the Horse and celebrate as communities will be doing all around the world with fireworks, eating and many packed trains. Apparently this time of year marks the world’s largest annual human migration.

If you’re not in a big Chinese centre though you may be forgiven for not noticing this, and with that in mind today I’m bringing a little bit of Chinese culture, landscape and other facets to you, hopefully some of which you haven’t seen before.

While the “yang” may have qualities such as being docile, weak and a follower I hope it’s not quite like that for you. Perhaps this year we should dare not to be a yang. In any case Happy Chinese New Year to you all.

If you want to see more images of China please go to this link on my database.


The dragon dance is a typical part of Chinese culture and will no doubt be performed around the world for new year celebrations. Dragons are considered a symbol of good luck.

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In pictures: World Health Day

Today is World Health Day and a reminder that not all the world enjoys the same level of health care, standard of living, access to clean water and sanitation that we do in the developed world.

Here are some projects I’ve come across during my travels that are making a difference to people’s health, and by doing so their well being, economic and social standing.


This poor baby was HIV positive, along with the mother, and staff at the clinic in Hyderabad, India were not sure how long it would live. They asked me to take a photograph of her. The HIV clinic distributed free antiretroviral drugs and also provided free medical checkups and counselling. In India HIV carries quite a stigma and many patients are afraid to tell family, friends or colleagues for fear of being ostracised. What emerged from our discussions with a lot of the patients was their ignorance about how HIV is contracted. Many of the women had got it from their husbands.


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5 images to start the year with Visited Planet

Happy new year from Visited Planet!

Wishing all readers, photographers, travelers and dreamers a fantastic start to 2014 with these five images of people from different parts of the world to inspire, encourage, challenge and make you smile too.

Koala and surfer, Noosa National Park, Noosa, Queensland, Australia

A koala and surfer have a chance meeting in Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia

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Helping hands

Helping Hands runs a van that delivers coffee, food and bread to people in Ipswich several days a week. It’s a great service connecting with marginalised people and showing love. In honour of Helping Hands, here’s a few photos and quotes of other hands at work, rest, play and helping others.

A woman making a Batik cloth, Yogyakarta, after an earthquake that devastated the village. It was good to see their crafts were still practiced despite the piles of rubble around them.

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Into the wild: landscapes from around the world

Landscapes are probably the most photographed subject around the world and often in my own travels. Their beauties are sometimes impossible to capture on camera and often, like David Byrne, it’s best to just enjoy them than try to capture the moment.

Still with that in mind, here are some images of landscapes around the world that try to do the places justice.

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Dolomites, Trentino, Italy

Dolomites, Itay.

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams

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