Hong Kong

I've been in Hong Kong since January. This is an awesome town for a kid photographer. It's a baby factory! I've been doing tons of stuff, here's a cover shot and a spread I did for the local parenting mag. I'll have a bunch more shots up soon.

Heather and Stacey

I meant to put these up a while ago. A couple of days before coming to Asia for the winter, I shot a nice little wedding at Toronto City Hall. The brides were Heather and Stacey. You can see a few more pix here. Besides being an incredibly happy affair, Heather's mom wins the award for 'Best Use of Cabbage as Centerpiece' Award.
And the dresses were great.

Mercy Centre, Bangkok

Every year I stop by the Mercy Centre in Bangkok to shoot some images for their communications. This place was started by Father Joe Maier, almost a Mother Theresa figure in Thailand, where he has worked in the slums since 1964.

This year they asked me for some shots of the boy's residence. So here they are.

http://www.mercycentre.org/




Tsunami Relief Project

In late January I photographed a project that my grad school alumni association supported in Khao Lak Thailand.
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.









Hong Kong





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.

Touchstone Magazine and Chhlong

I have some images and short blurb about my work in Touchstone, a magazine dedicated to the conservation of Khmer culture and history. It publishes 30,000 copies quarterly.

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 Chhlong, a few miles down the Mekong from Kratie, another once sleepy town now besieged by backpackers. I was told that there was some great crumbling French architecture in Chhlong and it proved to be worth eating a lot of dust to get to. I didn’t really spend much time. I hung out in front of stretch of once gorgeous, now decrepit colonial buildings. I met some kids and took a couple of photos.

A Khmer living in Paris saw the photo on Flickr and wrote:

“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!”

the 9ths


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.

And finally a couple of snippets of Dave playing live with me and my brothers Ross and Jim in our hometown of Picton, Ontario. One chunk. Two chunks.

The 9ths are Greg Woods on drums, me on guitar and brother Jim on bass.

Hong Kong kids

A few weeks ago I did a bunch of private commissions in Hong Kong. Fantastic city to photograph in - alleys, parks and beaches (who knew?!).
And the food over in Kowloon is amazing.
Here are a few favs.






Youtube

I uploaded a lo-res version of my Khmer kick-boxing piece onto Youtube. This ran nationally on The Fight Network this year.


ภาษาไทย

เดี๋ยวนี้ที่ี่ี่นี่เขียนภาษาไทยได้้!!
ผมต้องฝึกหัด. กรุณาฝากโน้ต.

Cambodian women's prison

I recently had the rare opportunity to see the inside of a women's prison in Cambodia. As part of International Women's Day, the human rights NGO Licadho arranged for a group of investigators and journalists to attend a ceremony where prisoners were given token gifts. (Food and scarves.) As many of these women are single mothers, there are quite a few kids inside. Below are a few shots from that day. The top two shots are jailer's kids - they look worse off than those living inside. (Their fathers are paid $15/month plus they get their share of whatever they can extort out of visiting relatives.)
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.






Nice Cambodian orphange

In stark contrast to the slums schools below, I did some work for a well-funded orphange out on the river east of Phnom Penh. These kids were picked off the absolute 'bottom of the pile' of Khmer society and given a chance to become productive citizens of this country. Lord knows Cambodia can use all the help it can get.






Slum schools

I know, I let this blog slip Big Time while I was on the road in Asia for the winter. That doesn't mean I wasn't busy though. One of my small projects was photographing in some small schools in Phnom Penh supported by an amazing local NGO, Cambodian Volunteers for Community Development (CVCD). These teachers only make $40/month and show incredible dedication. But the kids come from very poor homes and often don't get breakfast, which I think shows in these images.





Colonel Lee

"Colonel Lee" is a fixture along the Phnom Penh riverside. He played Gerard Depardieu's doorman in Matt Dillon's crap movie, 'City of Ghosts'. If you see him, give him 50 cents so he can buy batteries for his Walkman.


Koh Samui



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.)

Andaman Sea


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.