Old Dhaka Police

Asia, Bangladesh, street photography

Back in October 2015, on an evening trip to Old Dhaka we were stopped by the police. Since two foreigners had been killed recently we were told we must be escorted everywhere. At first this was a pain having a policeman follow us, but in hindsight it was sensible. The police presence was quite strong that evening as it was a Hindu festival and very busy.

Dhaka Dreams

Exploring Old Dhaka

Bangladesh, street photography

One of the aspects of photography I wanted to experiment with in Bangladesh was shooting from the hip. This is of course not an unexplored area in photography, but I wanted to find a way to break the compositional habits I’ve accumulated over the past several years. Alongside that I’ve found that many happy accidents occur with longer exposures, so I shot on program with low ISOs and let chance decide for me – I’d just click the shutter and point the camera roughly in the right direction.

I was hoping to put together a series of these, but I never got around to shooting this as much as I wanted.

Dhaka Dreams

Nepal out of a Car Window

Asia, Nepal, street photography

Sometimes you can spend hours trying to get a particular photograph but are never really satisfied with the result. And then you take a couple of single shots out of the window of the moving car that are far more appealing. Both these were taken while driving through Nepal last year.

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A man washes the dust from his body on the busiest road going out of Kathmandu. Nepal 2013

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Evening sun illuminates grasses in the Terai. Nepal 2013

A Nepalese Market

Nepal, street photography, travel

Occasionally the light is so beautiful it dictates what you photograph. When I arrived at this market several miles outside of Janakpur in Nepal, I was photographing a woman for American Leprosy Missions. As I was finishing off the shoot I realised that the light coming through the tree at the other side of the market was beckoning…

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The Stores of Nsumbula

Africa, Documentary, street photography, travel

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Nsumbula is a remote town in the province of Kasai-Occidentale, not too far from the Angolan border in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I was there in March for just a couple of nights photographing (for The Leprosy Mission Canada) those in the area suffering from leprosy. Walking through Nsumbula one afternoon I decided to take just one or two photos of each of the hand-painted stores and dealers that lined the main street. I didn’t think much of it at the time – often I like to just record things for the sake of looking back in 20 years time and saying, “oh right, that’s what it was like then.” But I’m just editing the several thousand photos I took in that month-long trip now, and I rather liked this small sequence of shop scenes. As with most of my favourite images these days, I think there’s significance in the details.

I think I took 26 shots in the 7 minutes it took me to walk down the street and here’s my quick edit of them.

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The Insein Road: Street photography in Burma

Asia, Myanmar, street photography

I’ve just arrived back in London, fresh from my journey through Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. It’s been a hectic 14 weeks, working pretty non-stop photographing leprosy. However in my last week in Yangon I did get some time to relax, and take a break from all the photographing by… well, photographing.

I started wandering around the area where I was staying – rather pleasingly named the Insein Road – and indulging in a bit of street photography, but with my rather slow and low quality smartphone. It was rather joyous being free from the ties of subject matter and simply finding colours and shapes in the everyday. So here’s a small edit from that last week on the Insein Road.

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Drive-by in Kathmandu

Asia, Nepal, street photography, travel

So, I’m finally beginning to go through work from Nepal and Bangladesh, while I’m at the end of my stay in Myanmar. I tend to shoot a lot whether I’m with the subjects of my assignment or at the end of a 9-hour drive on the way back from seeing them… like this shot was. I leaned over the guy next to me and stuck my camera out the window of the car. He was used to it by this time.

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