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…

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…

I tilt my hat to you

Drawing a feeble link between the content of this post’s photo and today’s date,  remembrance day, I tilt my hat to the veterans. Though I will also point out that WWI was an imperialist war that in my opinion served Australia in no way. We got slaughtered for king and country, a country not even…

Mirror Mirror

Here’s another dancer portrait from the San Pedro fiesta in Bolivia I attended in April this year. I think the colours and light in this shot are great. You can see a lot of beautiful diffuse light being reflected into the face of the main subject from the shiny dress of the dancer in the…

Diptych-ular Dancers

Rolling on with this month’s Fiesta Bolivia theme is another diptych from a fiesta I attended in San Pedro earlier this year, in La Paz province. In the frame on the left are three dancers during a break in the performances. In the background is the church that holds the saint that the fiesta was…

Mark of excellence award received

Occassionally I make a few forays into the shady world of online photography competitions. Often they appear to be thinly veiled money making schemes or fronts by companies to cheaply acquire imagery for marketing purposes. However, would I complain if I were to win a few thousand dollars in cash as a result of entering?…

Salvador Beach Boys

Hey guys here’s another post coming to you from Bahia in Northern Brazil. I took this photo down on the beach at Porto de Barra in Salvador. It is a seriously hectic urban beach on a Sunday, packed with families kicking back drinking beer, eating moqueca, listening to music through old school ghetto blasters and…