Monthly Archives: June 2012


Venturing south of the border after having lived in China for years, I half expected Vietnam to be a less-developed version of the same thing. Boy was I wrong! I was blown away by the difference between Vietnam and China in so many aspects, but particularly the culture and spirit of its people. OK, OK, […]

Influences: Trent Parke

I thought I’d take some time to share one of the first photographers to truly inspire me. I feel proud to say that he’s a fellow Australian, and the only Aussie member of the Magnum cooperative: Trent Parke. I’m not gonna talk much about the man himself, as it’s his images that truly inspired me. […]

Wandering Chinese Alleys

Last Tuesday I was back in the alleys, this time in a couple of urban villages (read slum communities) I’d not been to before – LuJiang (鹭江) and Guitian (桂田) villages.  I was struck by a couple of things, and I’m gonna mention them in relation to the photographs that show the things I saw on the day… 1. […]

Recycle this!

We all know that China is faces major environmental issues largely as a result of their unfettered industrial development over the last decade and a bit.  What you may not know, however, is that the Chinese have a system of recycling that would rival any developed country.  The question is – is it really such […]

Surveillance and Cover-up in China

The dramatic title probably has you expecting to read of some controversial corruption and espionage in the upper echelons of Chinese government.  That’s not what this post is about, it’s something quite different… This post is my account of a strange incident that occurred as I made my way through Dongxi urban village in the southern […]