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UK, Ireland, Russia, and Malawi

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It has been a long time since I blogged any of my international work. So this will be a bit of a catch up edition I guess. Some of the shooting I’ve done this last year has been very different then in previous years. I was also asked to do a lot of interviews, to get stories to go with the photos. I’d like to share some of them with you as well. This year I had the incredible fortune of working with Tearfund, an international humanitarian organization based out of London England.

First set I would like to share are some images from some recent trips to the UK, the first was for field work. Collecting samples for my masters, the other was just for travel sake. I extended a photo trip and did some travel in North Ireland and England.

1-This is from Craster, north EnglandUK 1

2- Whitby Abbey, EnglandUK 2

2-Hadrians Wall, EnglandUK 3

3-Stonehenge, EnglandUK 4

4-Big Ben, EnglandUK 5

5-Castlerock, Irelandireland-1

6-Dunseverick, Irelandireland-2

7-Giants Causeway, Irelandireland-3

8-Castlerock, Ireland

This sea bass fisherman waits by his rods for hours hoping for a bite.ireland-4

This next set is from my time in Malawi.

9-I was on site shooting a group of kids and they sang and danced, as we were cluing up I noticed this woman passing by. Duane Codrington managed to get a shot of us. (below)Malawi 1


10- This incredibly strong young girl, just 15 years old, was a victim of repeated rape. She was continuously brought out to the fields by a known assailant. She is now a part of a growing support network, shown standing behind her all wearing the “silent no more” tee shirt. Silent no more is a campaign to speak out against violence against women. You can sign a pledge here, 2

^If you for whatever reason feel compelled to steal any of my images, which I implore you not to do (I will take action take whatever action I can against you), please respect this image in particular and contact me before you duplicate/copy/manipulate or do anything with this image in particular.^

11- This young man prepares his food outside his house. It is very unusual to see a man preparing his own food. He is framed here by his cloths on the line. Malawi 3

12- During a house visit a minister prays for a very ill woman while a volunteer sits with her. Her sister sits in the shadows. Malawi 4

13- A young girl sits by her violently ill mother. Her father, who refused to take her and her mother to the hospital when they became ill, stole everything everything from the family leaving not even a bed mat for them to sleep on. Her brother Gilbert, age 12, dropped out of school to become the “man” man of the house. He does his best selling peanuts to provide whatever income he can to help his family. Mama Theresa and her organisation, Somebody Cares, after our house visit returned with some supplies and the funds needed to get Gilbert back in school. The woman in the background is a volunteer with Somebody Cares. Malawi 5

14- An expectant mother waits at a field clinic for delivery of her second child. Women from surrounding villages go to field hospitals late in their pregnancy so as to not deliver in the bush.  Malawi 6

15- A lab worker at a field hospital checks a blood sample for malaria.A scientist works on malaria tests.

16-An expectant mother (Ezira ) moments before her caesarian section.Ezira La Banda- An expectant mother waits moments before her cesarean section.

17- This woman is a part of Village savings loan group. The first group, Takumana 1, has 25 members, 19 women and 6 men. They save money between them and then loan it out within the group. The first group was trained by tearfund and then they trained the second group, Takumana 2.Malawi 9

18-  Kasaula Village Well 3- 18 meters depth. Constructed April 2010 by Assemblies of God Relief and Services (AGREDS).Kasaula Village- Well 3- 18 meters depth. Constructed April 2010

19- Chitera health centre- Government health clinic A young woman gets a small drop of blood taken for am HIV test. This is standard procedure for all pregnant women. The second image is when she hears her results.

Chitera health centre- Government health clinic<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Henry Mapeto Chitera health centre- Government health clinic<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Yamikani Simoni

^The young women hears good news and wipes away a tear a relief.

Prior to travelling to Malawi I was working for a week in Russia. I was shooting for a program for recovering addicts. They have an intense program that begins at a farm where the addicts detox and through counselling attempting to regain control of their lives. After graduating the program their are optional follow up programs. One of which involves a work placement of sorts. One in particular is a plastic recycling plant.

20- Recovering addicts work in a plastic recycling plant. This man cuts up and sorts medical plastics and rubber for recycling. Recovering addicts work in a plastic recycling plant.

21- This vat is used to break down the plastics into small chips which are sold to factories which can use the pellets to make new products.Recovering addicts work in a plastic recycling plant.

22- This man, throughout my whole time in Russia, would be very helpful, and cooperative with this project. It was also great that his work station was by a big window and came complete with billowing steam. Recovering addicts work in a plastic recycling plant.

23- Vladimir – After his new home burned down he tried to live with other people but that didn’t work out and he turned to the streets.. While homeless he struggled with alcohol. He joined the centre September 4 2011.Russia 4

24-Nastya- She spent 6 years struggling with fast drugs/ heroin/ etc. and had several bad health issues related to that. After completing her own process, she came back as a volunteer to help other. She has been 2 years clean and in good health. Russia 5

25- Each person has assigned jobs at the centre. For some that involves caring for the livestock.Asbest Russia, Salvation Center

26- The centre has a fully capable lumber mill which they use to process fell trees into lumber for their facilities.
Asbest Russia, Salvation Center

27- A female volunteer prepares lunch for the patients and staff.Asbest Russia, Salvation Center

28- An integral part of the program, and Russian culture as a whole, is the Banya or Sauna. My experience with the Banya, was certainly an interesting one. I should preface the story by saying, I was the only one who spoke English, so an explanation on the process, which would have been very helpful, was not given. You start in a room adjacent to the one shown below. It’s a small change room, with a kitchen table in the middle. On the table are some bottles of kvass, (a russian drink similar to root beer), tomatoes, lettuce, rolled ham and other finger foods. When I entered the building (the 3rd picture down) there were 6-8 men sitting and eating, and another just joining in. Everyone is of course naked. The few men I came in with disrobe as well exchanging pleasantries. Nothing teaches you to look a man in the eyes like a Russian Banya. After some snacks I go into the room shown below to see the small pool being filled with a hose and buckets of water laid out on the bench with ladles. When I walked into the small sauna (second image) I was assaulted by the heat. I looked at the thermometer that read 80+ degrees Celsius and then started a timer on my watch so I wouldn’t stay in any more then 5 mins. I would like to add sitting on 80 degree wood… straight up uncomfortable. After my first 5 mins I step back into the room with the pool and notice the men going up to buckets and ladling the water over their heads to cool off. So I do the same. The first was too hot, then next was a bit cooler and the next a bit cooler still. So, extrapolating, I go to the bucket and pour it over my head. I should add I was getting some odd looks whilst trying the other buckets. This is because each man took a bucket from the pile and some cold water from the tap and then warmed the water with the boiling water in the last bucket until it was a temperature they were comfortable with. Each man had a bucket to himself. I of course didn’t figure this out until after I poured the bucket of boiling water over my head. After recovering amidst the laughter I returned to the sauna for another 5 min session. Towards the end most of the men returned to the room with the snacks and took some outside where we sat to cool off while getting eaten by flies.
Asbest Russia, Salvation Center

Asbest Russia, Salvation Center

Asbest Russia, Salvation Center

I’m brewing a blog of the effect a camera can have, how it changes things, and I don’t mean for the better. I’ve experienced it a lot in the past, people going after their photo without consideration for the effect on local peoples self worth. This can often have an ostracising effect, in particular when experienced repeatedly over a long time. I’m not sure exactly how I want to approach the issue, but hopefully it won’t be long before it’s in print form.


262 responses

  1. Spectacular images and portraits from around the world — even the photographs with very short captions tell such rich stories. Thanks for sharing them.

    January 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

    • Thank you Cheri for sharing my work! I am very appreciative.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  2. Steve Coombs

    Amazing, my friend. Simply amazing! The stories each photo tells and represents add so much too… Great job! I can’t wait to see/hear more.

    January 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  3. That Castlerock shot is breathtaking!!

    January 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    • Thank you! I appreciate the feedback!

      January 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    • It is a stunning picture. This was built as a library and reading room with the main window overlooking the sea, my kind of reading room…

      January 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

      • I can’t help but feel I would be so much more productive if that were my office… haha

        January 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  4. I am actually speechless. Your pictures are truly touching and they tell me so much about you and your inner beauty. Amazing collection of pictures.

    January 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    • Thank you, that’s very nice of you to say. I’m glad I was found and featured to share this with who ever comes by.

      January 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm

  5. I love the images of just regular people.

    January 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    • Thanks, It’s a big honour to be allowed into peoples lives in this way.

      January 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  6. Very, very beautiful pictures!

    January 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    • Thanks! I appreciate it.

      January 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  7. A

    Your work is great, but I’m particularly intrigued by the idea you mention in the last paragraph. I think that type of commentary/analysis is definitely needed!

    January 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    • Thanks, I think people often think of the good a camera can do but rarely the harm it can do.

      January 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      • I am looking forward to your musings on this topic.

        January 15, 2013 at 8:29 am

  8. stunning images.

    January 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    • Thank you! I’m glad you like them.

      January 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  9. @$teffi

    this gallery is amazing, seriously. your photos tell touching stories and the portraits you took are full of emotions…I can’t say anything else but WOW 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    January 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    • I’m flattered. I’m really glad you enjoyed them.

      January 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm

  10. You have some wonderful shots… so congrats for being so damn talented! But I must admit that I particularly enjoyed the ones about Russia, because I have a blog about Russia and I just HAD to love your banya anecdote.

    January 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    • haha Thanks! I’m glad you understand what an experience it really was. I wish I had the chance to do some reading prior to going. It was decided that I would go to Russian until about 2 weeks before I left.

      January 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  11. There are some beautiful photographs there! Your article is entertaining and informative.

    January 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    • Thank you, I’m really glad you thought so.

      January 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm

  12. Incredible work!

    January 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    • Thanks for taking the time to read/view and comment!

      January 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  13. You contextualize each image in a way that lends integrity and compassion. The greater harm would be in not sharing these stories, but I admire your willingness to weigh your footprints in their lives.

    January 15, 2013 at 12:01 am

    • I appreciate your kind words.

      January 15, 2013 at 12:13 am

  14. Fantastic series — really enjoy the processing, too.

    January 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

    • Thank you. It’s taken a while for me to find this style, I’m glad you like it.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:21 am

  15. pryan51

    The portrait of the young rape victim made me cry; she is so beautiful and I am very glad she is getting support. Thank you for including the information that the young mother getting the HIV test was crying because of GOOD news. Very moving pictures.

    January 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

    • I’m really glad that the images touched you like this. I think it’s really important to remember that as much heart ache there is in the world, there is more good news.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:23 am

  16. I like the way you allow the setting sun and light on the beach determine where you place the fisherman and his rods in the composition. Well done.

    January 15, 2013 at 12:52 am

    • Thanks, I shot a bunch of this man. I was just out for a walk with a cider in hand when I saw this. I took off when I saw this moment, and I’m glad I did as it didn’t last long.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:33 am

  17. Beautiful images! Thanks for sharing their stories through them.

    January 15, 2013 at 12:59 am

    • Thank you for taking the time to look at them and to comment!

      January 15, 2013 at 1:34 am

  18. Great shots from this year. I’d love to get more involved photographically with international organizations. Any info you have would be awesome. Congrats on getting freshly pressed, really great portraits.

    January 15, 2013 at 1:01 am

    • Hey Dan, I appreciate the feedback. I will say this, it is hard to get involved with many organisations as funds are low. It is really important to have a collection of images you can use to show. I would strongly encourage you not to take photos without consent, try and build relationships and get close to people. Remember how weird it is for someone just to come and try and get your picture. Try and use that idea as motivation to gain approval. I have always sworn that there are many things more important then “the shot”. I have passed up so many, what I would call, amazing because I asked and people said no. If you feel the image is worth being taken, it is worth talking to the person sharing stories or names. It will end up with a sense of mutual respect and better images for you. Hopefully. Good luck with it!

      January 15, 2013 at 1:43 am

      • I couldn’t agree more. The best sets of images I have taken are from those I get to know.

        January 15, 2013 at 9:02 am

  19. jalal michael sabbagh.

    Stunning post,amazing and inspiring picture.You deserve more than award for your incredible work.jalal

    January 15, 2013 at 1:38 am

    • Thank you. I think all the praise is more then enough for now… Although, if you know anyone giving out awards… haha

      January 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm

  20. Amazing images!

    January 15, 2013 at 1:57 am

    • Thank you. It’s a blessing being able to get to a variety of places, and meeting incredible people.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  21. Pictures with a purpose. I like!

    January 15, 2013 at 2:19 am

    • It is an absolute privilege to be allowed into peoples lives in this way. I’m glad I was allowed the opportunity to capture these moments and to be able to share them.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      • I’m glad you were too.

        January 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  22. love your photos from malawi in particular. after graduating from college, i spent a few months working in a rural village of mgwayi, about 20 minutes from malawi’s capital lilongwe and your photos and captions definitely resonate with some of my own memories…thanks for sharing

    January 15, 2013 at 2:49 am

    • Malawi is a pretty incredible place. It was a great experience. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  23. Reblogged this on Bored American Tribune. and commented:
    — J.W.

    January 15, 2013 at 3:32 am

  24. Waw, it is amazing. I likes your contents

    January 15, 2013 at 3:37 am

  25. The timeless beauty of nature – people, places and things. Wonderful composition.

    January 15, 2013 at 3:37 am

    • I’m always amazed when I travel just how incredible the world around us is. For me the most incredible is the human spirit, and how resilient it is.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

  26. Wow… some really eye opening shots here. Absolutely incredible photography. That shot of the woman in the hospital bed is so haunting, yet so real.

    January 15, 2013 at 3:47 am

    • Thank you. I was amazed she welcomed me into such an intimate moment. when I walked into the ward I heard a woman in labour behind a curtain so I asked my translator if I could get some photos but I had no idea just what awaited me around the curtain. When I came around the corner I just kinda froze for a second, smiled and then did my job. haha

      January 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  27. Reblogged this on frecklesandgreenery and commented:
    Stunning photos, can’t wait to walk through this greenery myself.

    January 15, 2013 at 4:17 am

    • Thank you for sharing!

      January 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  28. Reblogged this on pensamiento amplio and commented:
    like this,,,

    January 15, 2013 at 4:20 am

    • I appreciate you sharing!

      January 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

  29. I yearn for the tranquility of your shot with the sea bass fisherman. Your work is beautiful.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:34 am

    • It really was a peaceful moment. I was happy, he was happy and I didn’t bother him to much, and he was very friendly.

      January 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

  30. What beautiful digital shots! Thanks for sharing.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:33 am

    • Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to look and comment.

      January 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      • Have a great new year.

        January 17, 2013 at 1:58 am

  31. Reblogged this on ON THE WIRE and commented:
    Great photos

    January 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

  32. Great set of images from such rich and diverse places.

    January 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    • I appreciate your feedback.

      January 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

  33. Beautiful pics!
    Love them!

    January 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

  34. Your photographs are amazing! They’re all so clear, living in Britain myself I was surprised to see gorgeous it can be!

    January 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

    • Thank you. Yes, you live in an incredible place. I was particularly impressed by the beauty on the yorkshire coast. But the whole country is very impressive.

      January 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      • Aha! Perhaps I should take some more notice of where I am! Yorkshire is gorgeous, I always love going there. But nonetheless, your photography is great 🙂

        January 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

  35. My favorite thing about Freshly Pressed is that it offers me the opportunity to see what others are bringing to the table of blogging. Amazing things I would never otherwise get to see or know about. I get to meet people who open up my world to great things, places, ideas and beauty.
    This posting of your photography and your travel experiences just blew me away! I can’t thank you enough for sharing and inspiring me to try harder and look more closely when I hit the shutter button. I’m no photographer by any means, but I’d like to be better at what photos I do take.

    January 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

    • Thank you. I’m really glad you took the time to view my work and to write such a nice comment. I’m also flattered you found it inspiring. I think the best advise I can give you when taken photos of people, is to relate to people emotion. In particular their discomfort or concern and make an active attempt to relieve that stress. Always aim for the joy and good, but without ignoring the bad. I think the process in and of itself can skew the bias of a story to the bad. For example just pointing your camera at a someone could make them look concerned worried or sad, and it takes work to overcome that.

      January 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      • I respect and am in awe of your sensitivity to your subjects. I could easily be in the same position, I am very uncomfortable with having my photo taken – I feel much better if I take the great photo! I think one of the reasons your photos are so amazing is the combination of talent, respect and emotion you put into them.

        January 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  36. Very gorgeous pictures. I am going to learn some skill from your blog. Thanks!

    January 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    • Thank you. I would gladly share what ever I can. haha I hope I can pass some things along I have been taught.

      January 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

  37. Reblogged this on thewordpressghost and commented:

    I have read thousands of blogs.

    I have read hundreds of ‘Freshly Pressed’ blogs.

    This one of the few blogs which actually got my attention.


    First, is the stunning photograpy.

    Second, the writer gives you knowledge without judging you as the reader. So, you do not read things contrary to your views. And your views are not put down.

    Thirdly, the photographer/blogger admits how big a problem being a tourist with a camera can be.

    Great blog.

    Worth viewing, sharing, and definitely reading.


    January 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    • … I’m flattered you speak so highly of my work. I’m really glad you feel I am not passing judgement just information. I think there is a time and place for editorial style writing, but I also think it is so important to just show people, people. Thank you for sharing.

      January 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

  38. Thank you for your work. It was a beautiful photo journal.


    January 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  39. Absolutely amazing pictures! You truly are an inspiration. You have traveled the world and captured the ‘real world’ and shared the story with us all. Thank you so much!

    January 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    • I’m really glad you found this post inspiring. I appreciate your feedback.

      January 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  40. Sundayink

    soul touching pictures. thanks for sharing.

    January 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

  41. the picture are amazing. what camera did you use to capture this photo anyway?

    January 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    • Thank you. I use all canon gear. You can see my kit here I’m not one who says the camera doesn’t matter, because I think good gear can open up photo opportunities that may have been otherwise impossible, but it’s important to know it’s role.

      January 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  42. Reblogged this on Wedding in Santorini and commented:

    January 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    • Thank you for sharing.

      January 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

  43. Reblogged this on KNOWLEDGE MUST SHARE.

    January 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    • Thank you for sharing!

      January 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

  44. Thanks for sharing this beautiful 😉

    January 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    • Thanks, I appreciate the comment!

      January 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

  45. Amazing pictures!

    January 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

  46. Nina María

    Amazing photographs, thank you for sharing!

    January 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    • Thank you for taking the time to look and comment!

      January 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  47. Brilliant photos! Your captions though short show deep insight and your passion for your work. Loved your pics from Ireland-beautiful! Of course, just had to laugh at your Banya experience- a good “note to self” for any guys who should somehow end up there too 😉 all the best

    January 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    • Thank you. Yes we must all spread the word for others who happen to get caught in a similar situation. haha

      January 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

  48. Great images…and I love the factt that u included my country Malawi 🙂

    January 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    • Thank you, you are from an incredible place. I can attest to the claim it is the warm heart of Africa.

      January 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm

  49. northernmalewhite

    excellent pics thanks.

    January 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

  50. Such amazing story telling through photography! Outstanding work!

    January 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    • Thank you. The writing is a bit of a new thing for me. About pictures at least. I’ve always just let the photos speak for themselves.

      January 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      • The photos are extremely powerful and telling on their own but the words add such an emotional stirring! I greatly enjoyed viewing them and being touched by each one for what it reflected!

        January 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      • I really appreciate your feedback and you taking the time to view them. I can’t stress how honoured I have been to experience the things I have. I’m glad to have the chance to share that.

        January 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      • You do a great job at it. I look forward to viewing and feeling more of your work!

        January 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  51. rmk

    Awesome pics. It seems like you’ve been a lot of cool places in the past year.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    • I have been very fortunate. It has been a good year.

      January 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

  52. Outstanding photos! Ireland is so stunning and the first place I would like to see in person when I can vacation outside of the US.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    • Thank you. Ireland is a beautiful place. Incredible people there too. I would highly recommend heading up to the Giants causeway and the castle rock area.

      January 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      • Thank you for the suggestion. I keep a list of places I should, or wish to see in Ireland so I have added that to the list.

        January 16, 2013 at 6:11 am

  53. Great post. The pictures and info are incredible. Congrats on the FP.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    • Thank you very much.

      January 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  54. eunachaw

    Incredible work! You reminded me the realities of Mother Africa. They are so many things that boils at my heart such as that our African leaders and their governments had failed to implement so many things in favour of their own people to alleviate poverty and medical facilities, yet Africa is a blessed continent with all wealthy of natural resources. Only a few out of millions will benefit. Why a mother can not feed first her children before she fend others? Yet those who rely with mother Africa are doing so well to fend their children (nations). Maybe you know that your great work has provoked or invoked my African Spirit.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    • I’m really glad to hear these photos and stories have touched you. You are right that the mismanagement of funds has plagues many nations in Africa, (and elsewhere as well). I would like to encourage you by saying it amazes me how resilient the human spirit is, and a midst the ciaos, people can still have a heart full of love. I have found this to be true through out Africa.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  55. gr8 stuff

    January 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

  56. Your images are beautiful! I was intrigued and wanted to know more of the story with each image. I enjoyed that you shared a small part but due to the stunning images wanted more. Amazing work.

    My brother is a pastor that does mission work annually in Malawi. I shared your link with him.. I believe that he will find your images as stunning and meaningful as I did.

    January 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    • Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed them. As I have alluded to above, I’m not really a writer but I felt it important to share some details of the photos. Please feel free to ask any questions about images and I can try and answer them for you.
      Thank you for sharing my work.

      January 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  57. paton-photography

    love the portraits. great work!

    January 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

  58. Elyse M. Lopez

    Truly amazing.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:59 am

    • Thank you very much.

      January 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  59. An excellent set of photographs, I particularly like the Malawi set. You have captured not only great images but stories which are interesting.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:07 am

    • Thanks, I’m glad you found it interesting. Malawi is definitely a fascinating country.

      January 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  60. Stunning images! I enjoyed spending time on your blog and look forward to future visits. Thank you for sharing!

    January 16, 2013 at 1:20 am

    • I’m glad you came and had a look. You are more then welcome here. haha

      January 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  61. Created ~

    Wow, your photos are A-mazing! So beautiful….thank you for sharing.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:27 am

    • Thank you for looking at them and for commenting.

      January 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  62. Simply and utterly beautiful photography. To be in your shoes!

    January 16, 2013 at 1:47 am

    • I will be the first to admit I have been very blessed with the opportunities I have had travel wise, but I would encourage anyone who is interested to get out there and see the world. Meet interesting people and get their pictures! A lot of what I’ve been blessed to do is a result of persistence and hard work. Thanks for commenting.

      January 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      • Can I ask…How do you approach taking pictures of people just passing by or any stranger you just happen to want to take a picture of? In my travels I’ve often been too shy to take pictures…fear of rejection I guess! 🙂

        January 17, 2013 at 7:29 am

      • Well I think everyone is a bit different in their approach, but the key thing is to be respectful. Just because someone may be your “national geographic” moment if they say they aren’t interested, then you should respect that. The fear of rejection is an interesting concept, and you’re right it is intimidating to go ask strangers to take their picture, but what is the worst that can happen? I have have countless people say no, for a wide variety of reasons. For me I just respond with a smile and a nod and move on. I’m never pushy or insistent, I guess because I don’t like my picture taken I understand where they are coming from. Most place I travel there is a language barrier, but I always carry a small book of basic sayings spelled phonetically so I pronounce them close to right, and in there is always can I take your picture. Sometimes I don’t say anything, which is occasionally the case when someone is further away, and in these cases I raise my camera (normally not pointed at them) point to it and make a small gesture of yes or no. If I get a smile or a nod I’ll take a picture if not I walk away. Confidence is going to make or break the moment, and if you don’t have it… fake it. If your photos don’t turn out look like they did and don’t panic because you will get more later of other people. My word of cautious to you (and anyone) is this, you must take into account where you are and what local law and belief is. (particularly belief, as most people will break laws for their beliefs). So for example in many countries, in particular north west African countries there is an unspoken idea that taken someone’s photo takes their soul. As I am sure you are aware, people have traditionally been kind of attached to their souls. So patience and respect are key, don’t let people think you are trying to fool them either. I have found most people when approached calmly and with respect have no problem with their photo being taken, then it is up to you to make them comfortable with the process. (Normally you have maybe 1 min to make that happen so good luck with that). Generally I will tell people to ignore me and continue what they are doing, sometimes I will suggest moving slightly (if that won’t be an issue or what they are doing) so the light is better. If I want a smile from them I don’t ask for it, I just do a crazy amount of smiling and laughing myself. If I’m enjoying taking their picture people tend to relax a bit more, my nerves will feed theirs. For kids, it can be a bigger challenge because they are more weary of strange things and sometimes have the additional pressure of a parent over their should demanding happiness. (which rarely works) In these cases I use funny gestures or sound effects to bring back the smile that may have drawn me to them in the first place. I hope that helps you… if not… just be brave. haha

        January 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  63. Your photos are stunning. What happened to the girl with the cesarian? Was everything okay? I was hoping to see the ‘after’ photo.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:52 am

    • Thank you. The operation took about an hour. It was a success so I was told. Here is a photo taken when she was coming back into the recovery room. The standards are very different in places like this, for example when she returned she was still obviously under the influence of the general aesthetic but was immediately coached into breast feeding. Although that wouldn’t happen here, ensuring the baby properly learns to latch is considered more important then the risks of anaesthetics in the breast milk. The healthy baby boy was 3.12 Kg

      January 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  64. Very beautiful!!

    January 16, 2013 at 3:11 am

  65. What a collection of images, and from vastly different countries! All of them were really superb, and how lucky you were to do such volunteer work!

    January 16, 2013 at 4:12 am

    • Thanks! I’m glad you like them.

      January 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  66. Your landscapes use the golden light of the day, your portraits capture the emotions in wrinkles and smiles and also most importantly in your subject’s eyes. The image of the old lady is absolute brilliance. More importantly you have gone to the great pains of responding to every comment! Keep posting the good stuff, you have me hooked.

    January 16, 2013 at 4:14 am

    • Thank you. She was a very nice lady. When I saw her watching what was going on I had to go talk to her and see if I could get her picture. Thanks for commenting. I think if people are kind enough to take the time to comment I should reply right? haha I’m glad you are hooked, I should warn you, most of my blog posts are more mundane… weddings and work that pays for this stuff. haha

      January 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

  67. Striking images and stories. Thank you for sharing!

    January 16, 2013 at 4:38 am

    • Thank you kindly for commenting. I’m glad you liked them.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

  68. love the portraits. great work!

    January 16, 2013 at 4:41 am

  69. Great photos, really made my day, keep up the good work

    January 16, 2013 at 8:26 am

    • I’m really glad you enjoyed them. I will certainly try. 🙂

      January 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  70. Beautiful photos. Glad I stumbled upon them!

    January 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

    • Hey Thanks, I’m glad you did too.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  71. I am in awe. What a characters you have met during your journey … and such a way to photograph them. Thank you so much for sharing 😀

    January 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

    • Thank you for looking through them and commenting. I’m glad you liked them.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

  72. great pictures, I especially love the one with the smiling old lady, loved this post! 🙂

    January 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

    • Thanks, she had a contagious smile.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  73. If I was a thief I would start painting them.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

    • haha Well I guess I’m glad you didn’t just go and paint them, but that sounds really cool. If you wanted to paint them just let me know which ones and send me a high res scan or picture when you’re done. It’d be cool to have. If you were looking to paint them and sell them we would likely need to work something out.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      • Hey, I will sell any painting I have…well except portraits I have done of people I love. I think that pretty much says it all. Not to worry, I wouldn’t do you wrong though.

        January 18, 2013 at 12:05 am

      • Well feel free to email me at if you would like to work something out.

        January 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

  74. Touching stories you tell with these images. Thank you for enlightening us.

    January 16, 2013 at 10:20 am

    • I’m really glad you enjoyed them.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm

  75. Amazing pics. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    January 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    • Thanks for going through them

      January 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  76. Very nice pic! make me know the other part of this beautiful world….

    January 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    • Thanks, I’m glad you found them informative.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  77. Good Images

    January 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  78. Wonderful. Breathtaking. Thank you for sharing these amazing photographs.

    January 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    • Thank you. I appreciate the comment.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  79. harrietelsom2

    these pictures are stunning, particularly the ones taken in Malawi. shocking but beautiful. i have seen a very different side of russia myself, feel free to have a look if you have a spare minute:

    January 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    • Thank you. I didn’t spend any time in the big cities, but I’ve heard it is a completely different place.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:06 pm

  80. Really great work! You are very talented.

    January 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    • Thank you, you are very kind.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

  81. learnitalianforfun

    Excellent work, congratulations! The photographs you have taken are really beautiful and the captions are very effective. All the best xx

    January 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    • Thank you. I’m glad you thought so.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

  82. These photos are phenomenal! I enjoyed the glimpses into these people’s lives and the little tidbits of their daily lives. I think my favorite tho are the ones from Russia – coming from a Russian family, I so enjoyed hearing your take on some of our “traditions.” 🙂 Thank you for sharing! -YB

    January 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    • Thanks. Yeah I was really impressed with what I found in Russia. It was an incredible spot. Great people and great place. I know my view was highly bias, but all the same, I would recommend it.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  83. What a wonderful medley of photographs! Your portraits are so emotionally vivid, and the landscapes of the UK capture the look of that land perfectly.

    Many congratulations on being freshly-pressed.

    January 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    • Thank you! I was really surprised to find I was freshly pressed. I’m not a big blogger and I didn’t really know what it meant, but It’s been fun!

      January 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm

  84. Stunning photographs, tho I was looking forward to seeing a group of naked russians sweating in the Banya. Where you not beaten with birch-tree branches? Usually that is part of the process too. However I didn’t manage to stay longer than one minute.

    January 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    • HAHA I thought about it, but that was even too weird for me. I can’t believe I left that part of the story out! Yes I was beaten with the branch. haha It was definitely the weirdest part. Well actually maybe when the guy turned and gave me the branch to beat him… that was probably a little weirder.

      January 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  85. I particularly love the photos of Malawi. How did you like the people? I went there for a month and thought the people were the nicest in the world. Great post and congratulations on being freshly pressed.

    January 17, 2013 at 3:09 am

    • Thank you. It was a great experience. The people were incredibly nice. Thank you for commenting!

      January 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  86. ava

    Wow! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures and the stories behind them.

    January 17, 2013 at 4:55 am

    • I appreciate you taking the time to look and for commenting.

      January 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

  87. Oh what a terrible situation of africans people ..God bless them..

    January 17, 2013 at 7:29 am

    • There is no doubt that there are many people who are suffering a lot of hardship through out Africa. It is important to remember that in many ways they are very blessed. I have learned so many lessons from the people I have met. Through their hardships their respect, tolerance, and ability to find joy in the simple thing is incredible. Their ability to see and focus on what really matters in life is eye opening. To be honest my time in Africa and other places has taught me so much, it sometimes make feel like we in the western word with all our needs met are the ones who are really missing out.

      January 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm

  88. Hvala vam na prekrasnim fotografijama!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

  89. Nice shots, good work!

    January 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    • Thank you very much.

      January 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  90. Margaret Sullivan

    I love your Post !!!!

    January 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    • Thank you, and thanks for commenting.

      January 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm

  91. Margaret Sullivan

    Thanks for Sharing !!!

    January 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

  92. Beautiful portraits! My favorite is the white haired Malawi woman. What a spirit she has.

    January 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    • Thank you. It was so nice to meet her.

      January 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

  93. Beautiful photos! I spent a summer a few years ago as an intern for Save the Children in Malawi. Your photos remind me of the Malawi I knew and also show how it has changed.

    January 17, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    • Thank you. We actually came across a few people with save the children. Pretty much every major humanitarian group is working in Malawi.

      January 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

  94. Brilliant, informative and moving.

    January 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    • Thank you, I’m glad you found it so.

      January 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

  95. Good job!

    January 17, 2013 at 10:28 pm

  96. They’re great!!!

    January 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  97. EaseYourTravel

    Wow ! lovely post and beautiful images !

    January 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    • Thank you very much.

      January 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

  98. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    January 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    • Thank you for sharing.

      January 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  99. Interesting Site :O) i am an Irishman married to a Belarussian so i’m accustomed to the Banya “although i did’nt know it was called this” But its a very unique experience “oh and theirs is with Vodka so you feel like your burning up inside and out :O)
    Enjoy your travels look forward to more posts.


    January 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    • Thanks Noel, Considering we were at a centre for recovering narcotic addicts we didn’t have any vodka. It was certainly an interesting experience all the same. I don’t know if I would want to be drinking though, it could end bad. haha

      January 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  100. Fantastic pictures! You capture the beauty in every scene!!

    January 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

  101. Amazing pictures! This inspires me to go out and appreciate the world more. You capture these moments so well. 🙂

    January 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    • Thanks, I’m glad you found it inspiring.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  102. great photos

    January 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

  103. I am absolutely blown away by these images. Each one is utterly striking and conveys such richness. I’ve been to Giant’s Causeway, and it was one of my favorite places in the world. You image of it was like I was back there again; I knew exactly where you’d taken the picture from and where you were looking. The images of all the people were just enthralling. Loved all of these!

    January 20, 2013 at 5:39 am

    • I’m really glad you enjoyed them. Yeah the Giants Causeway was really something special. A beautiful place.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  104. I adore your photos, especially number 21, it’s very evocative. I live near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, it’s lovely to see it on your blog (and Craster too, which isn’t too far away, did you have a kipper?)

    January 20, 2013 at 10:01 am

    • Thank you. haha No I didn’t, I’m actually not a big fan of fish.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  105. Amazing! I’m breathless. Your work is incredible, and the stories are fascinating.

    January 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    • Thank you! I’m really glad you enjoyed them.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  106. Hello ~

    I find your travel photos to be remarkable, both the “people shots” and the landscape captures, and would like to nominate you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” The details associated with the nomination are at . I very much look forward to your future posts!


    January 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    • Thank you for the nomination. I am glad you found my post inspiring.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  107. Great photography. Your photo #21 is phenomenal. How on earth did you capture the smoke like that?! Great job.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

    • Thank you kindly. The trick with smoke, as with anything translucent, is to make sure it is lit from the side. In this case there was a large window near him, so by positioning myself looking perpendicular to that I could get all the steamy goodness. (because it was actually steam…)

      January 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

  108. Wonderful photographs and stories to go with them, thank you so much. I look forward to following your blog.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    • Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

  109. Mary M. Saltz, MD, CMO

    Amazing journey!! Ireland is a special place indeed!!

    January 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

    • It was really a great adventure.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

  110. Way to go!

    January 23, 2013 at 4:23 am

  111. I’m glad to found your photoblog. Beautiful photos and stories, thanks for sharing. I hope I can Pin your photos on Pinterest 🙂 May I?

    January 23, 2013 at 6:03 am

    • I’m glad you found it as well! I’m really not that familiar with pintrest, would you be pin’ing the blog, my website, or the photos themselves? If there is a clear way to get back to my website, I can’t see the harm.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      • It is. Thanks 🙂
        It will be looks like this:

        February 5, 2013 at 2:19 am

      • cool. Thanks for the heads up.

        February 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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  113. Beautiful Images. Amazing captures. Thank you for this brilliant share.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

    • Thank you. I appreciate your comments.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

  114. Reblogged this on lkfischer1 and commented:
    This is exactly what i would love to do!! i want to travel and use photography to be able to make website or magazines breathe with vivid life. i love how its clear he either uses emphasis or rhythm in many of his pieces.

    January 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    • Thank you for sharing!

      January 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

  115. Beautiful work…… Well done. Would be proud to hang any of them on my wall 🙂

    January 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  116. I have nominated you for Versatile and Very Inspiring Blogger award 🙂 To follow up see:

    January 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    • Thanks, I appreciate the nomination.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  117. Amazing pictures; inspiring stories.

    January 26, 2013 at 8:14 am

    • Thank you very much.

      January 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

  118. Excellent series of photos.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    • Thank you very much.

      January 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

  119. very nice photography. i love ireland!

    January 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    • Thanks, it was a great place.

      January 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  120. camerantics

    Great shots, I particularly like the photos with a human element. they all tell a story.

    January 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  121. great it!

    February 9, 2013 at 2:02 am

  122. totescheeseballs

    Amazing photographs! You have a talent in capturing the beauty that the naked eye can miss sometimes.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:01 am

    • Thanks! I appreciate the feedback.

      February 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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