About a year ago I met up with @sophiesimonezurich from Switzerland and we worked together on our first photographic series. It is with great honour that I can now announce that one of my photos from this series got selected to be exhibited at the Somerset House in London as part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition. The show is running from 18 April till 6 May, so go pop in if you're around. Thank you @worldphotoorg and @theprintspace for the opportunity. • #35mm @fujifilm_profilm #filmphotography
I can see how for the outside as a travel photographer and documentary filmmaker my life may seem as one big holiday, but fact is it’s an immensely high pace lifestyle with high expectations that I’m constantly racing against trying to keep up with. In all honesty, I’m writing this as I feel physically and mentally exhausted - part of why I try to keep my personal documentation on film, to try and process all of this sometime later when I physically process the film. But this said, each morning I try to remind myself to just be in the moment and not to take for granted this incredible opportunity I have for doing this. And today, as challenging as it was, I still struggle to grasp how I ended up in some far off Indonesian island, with the rare opportunity of documenting the Nias tribe and their stone jumping ritual where, in order for adolescents to gain the status of men, they have to jump over an almost 2 meter stone wall.
“...Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn’t really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars, and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ’em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures.”
Welcome to the Sundarbans, the world’s largest remaining mangrove forest.
The Nypa Palm gatherers from nearby villages in the Sundarbans, roam the delta of the the largest mangrove forrest in the world in order to gather these palm leaves - the building material for their huts and structures. They are out at dawn already, braving the the dangers of tigers and crocodiles occupying these forests. While some are out gathering palms, others are out fishing, some of them living up to two weeks on the water in these small wooden boats.
“Humans don’t mind hardship, in fact they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary. Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary. It’s time for that to end.” S. Junger. • My time spent today in a rural Bangladesh fishing village (the first and only ship to have come here) reminded me of the Vezo (living from the sea) tribe in Madagascar I met a month ago - People with only the basics, everything hand made, who really do only live from the land and sea. • What makes these portraits of the Vezo people even more special is, they were shot on discontinued #35mm @kodak Techinical Pan, at least 20 years expired, found by @heyxarno in his dad’s garage, bulk loaded, couriered to me and then traveled halfway across the continent. And this is why film has more soul. @kodakprofessional #filmphotography