Your Sweet Tooth Changes Lives

“When I used to sell my cocoa to other companies — as a woman — I was cheated most of the time because I didn’t know how much a bag of cocoa weighed,” Afia confides. She’s a 58-year-old mother-of-six and a cocoa farmer who works her family plot on a tropical hillside in Ghana’s Ashanti…

North & West Africa, freshly bottled!

After nearly two months of distillation since returning from North and West Africa, the photographs I took there earlier this year have simmered down to a fine stock. Late last night (yes it was a Friday night, wince) I carefully bottled this eclectic distillation, mixing together flavours from Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and Ghana. With a…

Why I got on the Roids

January 16th 2013 Off the corner of a dark laneway in Melbourne’s CBD my hands tremble with a tightly rolled stack of pineapples.* Sweat lines my brow as I check and double-check if anyone’s watching. The dealer looks me in the eye and my stomach drops. I hand over the cash. She passes me an…

Intercontinental Latin Sound

I nabbed this photograph of Bolivian musicians taking a break from an uphill march and the relentless sunshine pummeling our heads during a fiesta in Copacabana, Bolivia. Like most people at the fiesta -performers and spectators alike- taking a break was essential to recharge after all the beers, marching, dancing, singing, and in my case:…

In front of the lens in Bolivia

Standing out at a Bolivian fiesta is unavoidable when you’re a six-foot gringo running around with a beefy camera. Not that standing out is something I wanted to avoid. In fact I’ve found through the years that rather than trying to hide behind the camera, it is far better to use it as a tool…

Saints on Parade

Fiestas in Bolivia have a very strong religious grounding. Amongst all the costumes, drinking and dancing is a deep spirituality. It draws heavily on indigenous beliefs and customs as well as christian ones. There are also of course creative mixtures of the two. At this fiesta in San Pedro, most people spoke Spanish as a…