Shepherds, sheep, and winter light

A significant part of the tiny majestic land-locked kingdom of Lesotho is its shepherds; these blanket wrapped boys and men spend their life from the age of about 10 years or even younger, herding their sheep in the mountains, far away from the villages that are usually in the valleys. It’s a really lonely life as they are away from their families and spend a lot of time on their own.

One of my photographic mentors, David Duchemin made an incredible portrayal of these shepherds a few years back that inspired me to capture them on a recent trip there. I followed the warm winter light to portray these strong young men and their wonderfully woolly protégés, as well as finding so much more amongst the Basotho people in this mountainous country.

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A bicycle and a camera

What do you do when a photographer friend invites you to cycle with her around Cambodia for 4 weeks, and you barely know what a bicycle is? You Go! Carrying all my luggage on a bike was a bit of a challenge as to what camera equipment to take, but I eventually whittled it down to my Fujifilm X-Pro 2 body with a 10-24 and a 50-140mm, 12 memory cards, 5 batteries, and a gorilla tripod. I would choose one lens to use at the beginning of each day that would stay mounted on the camera in my handlebar bag for quick and easy access . Leana, who has been cycle touring for the past 12 years, is a brilliant photographer and quickly taught me to lose my shyness with capturing the local people as well as introducing me to an amazing variety of food, which also, apart from been eaten, provided endless fun in comparing shots at the end of each day.

My thoughts once I was home again…? What a wonderful way to travel and do photography; Next stop….? England’s coastline, Holland, Denmark… or hopefully even India!

I have not captioned my pictures as I would just like to show life in Cambodia as I saw it through my camera; the colours, the smells, the tastes, the light, the shadows, and the wonderful warmth of a beautiful nation.

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Curry pastes being made at the market, all with fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, tumeric, garlic, chillies, coriander.

Curry pastes being made at the market, all with fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, tumeric, garlic, chillies, coriander.

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A Treasured Desert (in Black & White)

A follow-up to my previous post on the treasures of the old diamond towns in the Namib Desert;  although the colours are never-ending, the B&W prospects are mind-blowing in this harsh environment.

A "museum" that belongs in a museum - the structure was first used as a mortuary in Swakopmund before being moved to Conception Water as a police station during the diamond mining years.  Restored today by the Windhoek Underwater Club it houses hundreds of old artifacts left behind by the miners after the mining was abandoned in the early 1930s.

A "museum" that belongs in a museum - the structure was first used as a mortuary in Swakopmund before being moved to Conception Water as a police station during the diamond mining years.  Restored today by the Windhoek Underwater Club it houses hundreds of old artifacts left behind by the miners after the mining was abandoned in the early 1930s.

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Shadows and shapes, light and lines.

Shadows and shapes, light and lines.

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Skeletons, man-made.

Skeletons, man-made.

Sand erosion on wood

Sand erosion on wood

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Maybe... just maybe there some left :-)

Maybe... just maybe there some left :-)