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Devotion Exhibition at the h Club Gallery, Covent Garden, London.


This May I exhibited 28 photographs from my Devotion project that I’d shot over the previous five years.  The images included scenes from Buddhist festivals in Tibet and ancient traditions in the Ethiopian highlands; pre-Islamic rituals celebrated by dervishes in the Zagros Mountains of Iranian Kurdistan and Sufi Zikrs of Chechnya; the cremation grounds and

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The Kists of the Pankisi Gorge


The Pankisi Gorge in northern Georgia is perhaps most famous for being a recruiting ground for ISIS. The senior ISIS leader ‘Omar the Chechen’ grew up in the area, where his family still lives. The valley had been home to around 9000 Kist people since the late 19thC. The Kists are Chechen in origin and

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Sufis of the North Caucasus


The North Caucasus, although geographically within Europe, feels quite different from the rest of the continent. Bordered by the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea and the Caucasian Mountains, it consists of several republics within the Russian Federation including Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan. Possibly nearer the bottom of most people’s ‘to visit before I die’ lists

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The Kailash Kora


The Kailash Kora     Mount Kailash has loomed large in my imagination for many years. I read several books about the mountain – To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron and the Sailfish and a Sacred Mountain to name a couple. I researched making a trip there and when I decided to embark

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The Road to Kailash (part 2)


The Road to Kailash (part 2)   After several days travel we had crossed half the Tibetan plateau on our journey to Mount Kailash.  An ancient place of pilgrimage and holy to four religions, Mount Kailash stands in the remote far west of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, a barren high altitude region, bordered by the

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Tibet and China


  There’s a land that has been embedded in my imagination ever since I was a kid. Lying on the floor of my bedroom in the west of Ireland over long summer holidays I would devour the comic books by Herge and join Tintin on his adventures around the world.   My favourite of all

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The Road to Kailash (part 1)


The Road to Kailash (part 1) Once I decided to embark on my photographic project ‘Devotion’, exploring faith traditions around the world, I knew that Mount Kailash would be its center point and anchor. An ancient place of pilgrimage and holy to four religions, Mount Kailash stands in the remote far west of the Tibetan

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Life Force Magazine


    I’ve started off the new year with a couple of articles in the celebrated Life Force Magazine.  (“You have built a modern day version of LIFE magazine, probably an even better one.” Gordon Wiltsie, National Geographic.) The photo essays review my two books – Priests and Pilgrims of Ethiopia and Banaras, Holy City

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Royal Photographic Society


The prestigious Royal Photographic Society recently published a five page spread about my work on ‘Devotion’, a photographic journey exploring different faith traditions around the world from the sufi shrines of Kurdistan to the holy glaciers of the Peruvian Andes; from the mountain top monasteries of Tibet, the rock-hewn churches of Ethiopia and the burning

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Featured by the World Photography Organisation


Earlier this year I won a Sony World Photography Award for my image – Turning the Buddha.   I managed to borrow a black tie and make it to the London Hilton Park Lane in time to be presented with a full frame, mirrorless Sony a7ii.  Although usually a Nikon man, this is a great camera,

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