This online shoebox contains random pictures, notes, whatever. I've been a professional writer-photographer for so many years now. It's a damn good excuse to carry a camera around.

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Taken from my article on Cebu Smile Magazine:
“As the sky gradually lightens, I look around to a river that is just waking up. Bleary-eyed kids peek out from the doorways of stilted homes, while their mothers prepare breakfast on outdoor kitchens. Fisherman cast nets from tiny canoes. The Cai Rang market feels just like Saigon, except that everything – the hawking, the buying, the sense of organized chaos – happens afloat. From one side of the river to the other (a distance of about five city blocks) are nothing but boats. I see barges loaded with charcoal, coconuts or fruits, and just about any kind of produce. I see smaller, roofed boats stuffed with more provisions than a 7-11. There's also canoes carrying dry goods, and canoes that serve as food stalls – and canoes bearing buyers and tourists like me.”


Read the full story here


You can shoot Paris with a digicam like everyone else, or you can document this amazingly picturesque city like the old photography masters did: using black-and-white film on a rangefinder camera.


That’s exactly what I did last March with my Voigtlander Bessa R and a half-dozen rolls of Agfa APX 100. Following the footsteps of Henri Cartier-Bresson (you all know who he is) I spent days roaming the streets of the French capital, doing as he did. With bursts of silver halide and light, I captured the classic Paris: Montmartre, La Sorbonne, Notre Dame and that tourist HQ, the Tour Eiffel. My photos looked great – you can see more of them here – but to this day I suspect this wasn’t because of my photographic skill; I guess the character of Paris simply showed through.


Good money. A long shoot list. Lots of travel involved, and complete creative freedom. Jobs like these are the reason I became a photographer.


So when I was approached to document Malaysia for a major client, everything else took a back seat. What followed was a month of hopping around the country doing nothing but photography. Better still, I was able to revisit places I haven’t seen in a while. Like Penang with its awesome food, Melaka with its antique charm, and Kuala Lumpur with its cutting edge skyline. By the end of it all I was tired but smiling, and itching to shoot some more. (I was actually back in Melaka a few weeks later, but that was another story)

This truly was a great year… can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring in!

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... and while the Islamic world celebrates the month of Ramadan, the Chinese world celebrates the month of the Hungry Ghosts.

In Penang, a Chinese street opera actor puts on stage makeup for a wayang play. This traditional performance is done to entertain the spirits that are said to roam the earth during this month:

Make up

It looks like this:


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A lone fisherman brings his catch home to Teluk Bahang, on the northwest tip of Penang Island:


Not much catch today - just a bucket of fish.

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A satay vendor in Penang fires up her grill in preparation for another evening selling her island's famous street food:




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