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:…