We left the delightful town of Jianshui by bus, heading south towards Yuanyang and its famous rice terraces. I first saw a view of these on one of the BBC travel documentaries and have been dying to shoot them ever … Continue reading
After Guilin we flew west to Yunnan province, it was a mammoth day of travel, but we finally got to Jianshui in the evening (via a bus from Kunming). I’d chosen this town as a useful halfway point between Yuanyang … Continue reading
From Xian we caught a flight south to Guilin, and we stayed in the smaller town of Xingping, not far from Yangshuo. Guilin was a part of the world I’d been longing to explore for a long time. The stunning … Continue reading
My recent China trip didn’t get off to the best of starts; I was stopped at Beijing airport where they have a temperature checkpoint, and forced to provide my details and a saliva sample because my body temperature was abnormally … Continue reading
I was last on the tiny island of Burano 12 years ago, still working with film; a Hasselblad Xpan and Nikon F80, both loaded with Fuji Velvia ISO 50 or 100. Now it is such a different photographic landscape, working with digital means I could begin my pictures at ISO 400 to cope with the overcast conditions, and then as it brightened up, get back to an optimum ISO of 64-100. Back when I was shooting exclusively on film I would have been constrained to either carrying a tripod everywhere, or having to work at uncomfortably wide apertures. Nowadays a visit to somewhere as unique and colourful as Burano is more of an Instagram shoot than anything else, for most young visitors. The buildings were originally painted in such a variety of colours to help their fishermen find their way home on the regular foggy days encountered in this part of the Adriatic Sea.
Many of my trips are inspired by a location I’ve seen and become captivated by, this trip to the Balkan region of south east Europe was more a case of putting a pin in a map, visiting a part of … Continue reading
From Naples we hired a car and drove along the Amalfi Coast to the Eastern side of the country: Puglia. A beautiful and tranquil part of the world, with fantastic food and architecture.