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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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Charity Work


I feel a deep gratitude to the people I have met along my travels.  Not all of them, of course – but most of them.  Often desperately poor, some became my friends with whom I’m still in touch, a few were my guides and fixers, others shared with me what little food they had with

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Qoyllur Rit’i


This May I traveled to Peru for the first time.  I was keen to photograph the festival of Qoyllur Rit’i which I had been researching for a couple of years.  Qoyllur Rit’i is a Quechua word that means Shining Snow and the festival attracts around 80,000 pilgrims to the Sinakara Valley a few hours outside

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Pir-e Shaliar


Early in February I visited the Kurdish village of Uramantakht which lies just inside Iran, a few kilometers from the border with Iraq.  Historically and geographically isolated amid the Zagros Mountains, the Kurds here practice ancient traditions quite different from the rest of the Islamic Republic.  They are ostensibly Sunni Muslims is a country that

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Monlam Chenmo


In February 2015 I traveled to Amdo, one of the traditional regions of Tibet and birthplace of the 14th Dalai Lama for the great prayer festival of Monlam.  Monlam Chenmo was originally established in 1409 and according to the Dalai Lama “The main purpose of the Great Prayer Festival is to pray for the long

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Pilgrims and Prostrations


A prostration is a gesture in Buddhist practice that shows reverence to the three jewels of the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.  The pilgrims believe that traveling a distance by dropping their body to the ground and stretching its full length before pulling oneself up, with hands in lotus bud position, gains them merit

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Sunning the Buddha


Monlam Chenmo is the greatest prayer festival in Tibet.  Originally established in 1409, it starts on the 4th day of the Tibetan calendar and ends on the 15th – usually during February.  During the festival monks, nuns and pilgrims commemorate buddha, following various traditional practices.  Monlam means “wish-path” – the Buddhist path of helping others

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A return to Kashi


In September 2015 I returned to Varanasi, to photograph some more images for my upcoming book ‘Banaras, Holy City’ published by Prestel.  The Ganges was still high from the Monsoon, as was the humidity.  Really the window to take photographs was from 5am – 8am in the morning and after 4pm in the afternoon.  I

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