16343675_10211582430737180_1367726254_n February 24

2016 in Retrospect (Part 3 – My Near-Death Experience)

My time in Cambodia had kicked off the year on a high. Things were fairly normal after I arrived back in Brisbane in early February and returned to what was meant to be the final year of my masters degree. It was in early May that things took a sudden turn… I came down with […]

APOPO landmine-detecting rat Leyla searches for the scent of explosives on one of her last training runs just outside Siem Reap, 25 January 2016. After months of in-country training, the rats are preparing to start working in a live minefield to the east of Siem Reap, Cambodia. February 02

2016 In Retrospect (PART 2 – Siem Reap and Battambang)

I know it’s getting a bit late for 2016 retrospective posts, but I’ve been busy. Well, not really, but anyway… The second half of my trip let me tick one thing of the bucket list: see Angkor. And I figured if I’m gonna see Angkor, why not REALLY see it? So I contacted the APSARA […]

10 January 12

2016 in Retrospect (Part 1 – Phnom Penh: Street Art, Sex Workers and Spiders)

I know I’ve been quite inactive online over the last year or so.  It’s been a crazy year! A large chunk of it involved me in hospital learning to walk again after an intense medical incident.  I won’t bore you with the full details, but basically I was hit by an illness called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. […]

36 December 08

Courtney – a work in progress

This week until Saturday you can see images from my current work in progress at QCA’s Project Gallery on Grey Street, South Bank (Brisbane). //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js The photos are part of a story that follows the life of Courtney, who battles with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This disorder disrupts a person’s relationships and sense of self […]

A Buddhist monk takes a snapshot with his tablet to remember his visit to the Bayon temple, 23 January 2016.   The Bayon was built around the late 12th to early 13th century and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed site Angkor, which attracts over 2 million visitors each year. July 18

Saving Angkor

A golden sun rises over the ancient splendour of Angkor. Before the trickle of tourists through the gates grows to a torrent, a small team of workers assembles in the warm morning air. Silicone gloves snap on, plastic clips on a plastic tacklebox are unclipped. Out of the box one by one, an eclectic collection […]

TPO, Operation Unchain, mental health, Cambodia, mental illness July 08

Operation Unchain – release for the mentally ill in Cambodia

Battambang – a city in the north-western corner of Cambodia – swelters under an unrelenting sun. The dry season air tastes of dust and there seems to be no escape from the heat. Behind one of the suburban homes, a solitary figure sits on a bare bamboo bed in a shelter that consists of four […]

Leyla, an APOPO mine-detecting rat, takes her reward for locating a potential landmine in the training field outside of Siem Reap.  The rats have been trained to scratch at the surface of the soil when they smell explosive chemicals, and are rewarded to respond to a clicking sound made by the handler to go and receive a food reward. April 18

Cambodia’s Superhero Rats

As the first rays of the sun reach across the fields outside Siem Reap in the north of Cambodia, a highly trained team prepares for another day of life-saving work. Every day, they apply their intensive training and unique skills to detect landmines that have remained hidden just below the surface of fields and roads […]