And the dresses were great.
This year they asked me for some shots of the boy's residence. So here they are.
This area had been decimated by the tsunami in December 2004. Our group, many of whom have spent large chunks of their lives in Asia, rebuilt a school library in a severely affected area.
We are now going forward with plans to help smaller schools in the area.
A few more pix on our alumni site.
I was back in Hong Kong for September, working mostly on private commissions.
Hong Kong is a great place to shoot, the scene is international and I'm really free to work in my candid style.
To see a gallery of this stuff, click here.
Interestingly, on the same day I got a copy of the magazine I got an incredible comment on one of my photos on Flickr. (This photo also appears in the Touchstone piece.) I took it last year in the small town of
A Khmer living in
“Oh! This is my ancestral house! built by my great-grandfather in 1922. I've passed my childhood here. My family was chased from this house by the Khmer Rouge in 1970. It is now occupied by someone else. I'm so sad to see it in a so bad shape!”
Our band “The 9ths” were in the studio last week recording a demo. We're a 3-piece combo playing mainly funk/soul instrumentals. (a la Maceo, The Meters, JB)Here we are with a couple of instrumentals as well as backing up Dave Butler (vocals/keys) on some '70s-ish nuggets. Dave has just a massive voice and sings his heart out on every song I've ever played with him.
The 9ths are Greg Woods on drums, me on guitar and brother Jim on bass.
You can check out a few more here.
As I was shooting, I heard one of the women yell "Hey, Cambodia Daily!". Turns out she sold newspapers on the streets of Phnom Penh during my years as Business Manager there (1994-96). She would have been very young. What kind of a memory is that?!? She told me she was in for "something about a car", but I didn't get any further details other than she could pay $3000 to get out. Her photo is below, as is the warden's.
Such a kind face on that guy.
I recently photographed an upmarket housing development on the island of Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand. The last time I had been there was 1990 when bungalows were 2 bucks and you ate dinner in the ramshackle restaurants that lined the beach. Well those days are over. If you have US$1M+ you can consider owning one of these amazing places, designed by the Bali-based architect Gary Fell.
(If you don't have the cash, you can rent these joints.)
Just back from a nice boat trip through the Mergui Archipelgo. This area of of Burma receives very few visitors and is a paradise for nature lovers. Here is the view of our trimaran from the top of the first island we visited. The buildings you see are the only tourist facility in the 1000+ islands.