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IPW Indonesia - Day 5 - Melo Village on the island of Labuan Bajo

When last I wrote, I was sadly farewelling my new-found friends from Buton, and packing my bags for an early morning departure.

The morning of Day 5 consisted of a series of island-hopping flights… and I must sincerely thank the wonderful Mister John (John Richard Law, of England) who swapped tickets with me all day so that I could have the window seat on each flight! He’d suffered an unfortunate set-back in Buton which left him sans DSLR and when he found out how much I wanted to see the landscape from the air, he promptly switched tickets with me. We were both a bit concerned the first time we went through security (I don’t look much like a Richard), but it’s not like airport security here: If you have a ticket, you’re good to go!!

Despite being desparately…

IPW Indonesia - Day 4 - Suku Bajo Benteng and Laweleh Village

After the huge day we’d experienced on Day 3 at Wabula Beach and Bajo Village, most of us were pretty keen to have a sleep-in. But that wasn’t to be!

Our convoy departed on time at 5am and drove for about two hours to “Original Suku Bajo Benteng” – a fishing village similar to the one we’d seen the day before but “the Original” one. (I was informed that all the families living in these fishing villages are indigenous to Indonesia – they are referred to as the “Bajo Tribe” – and are related to each other.) On the way there, we stopped to eat breakfast at Kapantori Hill. There was an interesting cave there, so we all had a quick look in.


Our convoy parked at Kapantori Hill.


The cave at Kapantori Hill.

Original Suku Bajo

IPW Indonesia - Day 3 - Buton - Wabula Beach and Bajo Village

At the end of Day 2 of International Photography Week Indonesia 2014, we were happily eating dinner and discussing the excitement of the day when our wonderful Photo Week Organiser, Agatha Bunanta, made an announcement: there was a choice of time for the Wake Up Call the next day.

We could choose to leave the hotel…
at 1am, to drive for 2 hours to Wabula Beach and catch the tail-end of an all-night traditional ceremony with the dancers we’d watched at Keraton Buton earlier in the day…
at 3am, to drive for 2 hours to Wabula Beach and photograph the sunrise…
at 6am, to drive for 2 hours to Wabula Beach and photograph the village, and some more dancing later in the day.

You can guess which option I chose. How many times in your life are you offered a…

International Photography Week Indonesia 2014... Day 1 and 2

I’ve just returned from the most amazing, inspiring, eye-opening trip to the islands of Indonesia with more than 25 unbelievably talented photographers from all over the world.

At the invitation of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, I joined photographers from Italy, Finland, Turkey, Canada, Thailand, Myanmar, Bahrain, China, the USA, Sweden, Serbia, the UAE, Tunisia, Egypt, France, Sri Lanka, England, Morocco, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Ireland and Russia for 11 days of back-to-back photographic experiences. Thank you so much to Agatha Bunanta and her team of tireless organisers… and to all the delegates and guides who made the two weeks absolutely unforgettable.

Terima kasih banyak!

I’ve decided that the only way to do justice to all the experiences,…

Not happy...

UPDATE: The photo has been removed from the website (thank goodness!). As for any CDs he made… well, at least he can’t sell them through the website. I will just have to keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn’t try to sell them somewhere else on the internet. Not much else I can do!!

A friend alerted me to this today…

It actually makes me feel ill to see that.
I’m so upset. And a bit angry. And frustrated. And feeling pretty helpless really!

Firstly – he’s planning to make money using my artwork (on his CD covers)
Secondly – he’s associating my photography with his music (which is not a good thing)
Thirdly – he’s associating my photo with his name (definitely not cool)
Lastly – my dog is like my family. Imagine seein…

What is "Focus on the Fagus Week?"

Here are the “Focus on the Fagus Week” basics, for those of you RedBubble photographers who might be inspired to join us next year (April 26th – May 3rd 2015):

We spend a week at Cradle Mountain, staying at the Discovery Holiday Park which Tinnieopener (Mark Walsh) and ClaireBear (Claire Walsh) manage. You stay in a cabin (Claire and Mark usually arrange discounted rates for us) and each night at the evening workshop, we organise the next day’s walks (because the weather greatly influences which walks we’ll do). There are usually at least two groups and often three – an easy-walking group, a medium-walking group, and a ridiculously crazy walking group. The fungi and waterfalls tend to be the main event for the easy-walking group, and the mountain and la…

RB "Focus on the Fagus" 2014 - what an awesome week!

I’ve just returned home from “Focus on the Fagus Week” at beautiful Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and all I can say is that if you weren’t there, you missed out!

What a week!! Except for that rotten Hounslow Heath walk in the snow on Comp Day, I loved every single minute :)

Firstly – a MASSIVE thank you to Tinnieopener and ClaireBear for again organising the most brilliant photography week, and for being the most generous, humble, helpful, patient and entertaining hosts ever.

A gigantic thank you to Rob Mullner for being the legend that he is and for providing insightful, informative, and enjoyable workshops throughout the week. (And a huge personal thanks for letting me tag along on the hikes that could have easily been a lot more fun with “just the boys…

Some really good news...

Apologies to those who already read my overly-excited Facebook status update the other week, but I do have some really exciting news that has finally sunk in…

I went to the doctor today.

No, that’s not the exciting bit.

(And before you ask – no! I’m not pregnant!!!)

But it IS an unusual occurrence, because I hardly ever go to the Doc. The reason for the visit wasn’t because I’m sick… I went to find out what immunisations I need because I’ve never been to Indonesia…

… and the reason I’m going to Indonesia is because the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has organised International Photography Week and they’ve invited 24 delegates from all over the world to Indonesia for eleven days of photography in Jakarta , Lombok Island, …

Who wants to come and photograph trees with me??

On Sunday, May 4th (which isn’t that far away, really!!), I’ll be running a photography tour around the beautiful town of Bright in North-East Victoria, thanks to Boynton’s Feathertop Winery.

As part of the renowned Bright Autumn Festival (when the whole town turns orange and red and yellow and all shades of beautiful), I’ll be taking a group to the most picturesque locations so we can photograph the trees in all their magnificence. The day includes lunch, and the chance to learn about trees and photography from ABC TV personality Angus Stewart and me. The day ends with us all back at Boynton’s winery for cheese platters (and wine if you choose!) on the lawn, photographing the vineyard and Mt Buffalo at sunset.

It would be wonderful if you could join me!! Or …

A quick hello

Hi everyone,

I just want to apologise for not being very active so far this year. You’ve been writing such lovely comments on my work and I feel really bad that I haven’t had time to reciprocate! As most of you know, I have a full time job that has nothing to do with photography, and unfortunately, one of my staff members had to undergo surgery unexpectedly and so I’ve been trying to do both our jobs. As a result, I’ve been working ten-and-a-half hour days for the past four weeks. The surgery went well, and I have been able to find someone to temporarily fill that role, so hopefully life will go back to normal-busy instead of insane-busy very soon and I’ll be able to spend some more time on photography and RB!

Again – thank you very much for all your lo…