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Things in Hong Kong


As an addendum to my Things in Japan post, here’s another small little photo essay from Hong Kong. I’ve been enjoying walking around more in the cities I travel to. I used to do nothing but walk, but I’ve lived in Asia for 10 years now and things start to normalize after a while. You lose your sense of wonder and become detached. You watch more television and instead of going and exploring, you sit in front of your computer and answer emails and worry about your income over the next three months. The small things that gave you pause now feel simple and routine. These aren’t good ways to be. So there’s always this push and pull with creativity. You’re always battling yourself and your own worst impulses. So in Hong Kong I walked. Sometimes I would end up in familiar neighborhoods, and at other times I would find myself in a completely new area of the city. I tried not to check my phone. I tried to just wander, with the thought that if I found what I was looking for, then great. If not, then great. So here are a few quick images. Simple things. I was looking at patterns and density with small glimpses of respite within. Nothing much more.

Bali Blurred


I’ve been away from home nearly three weeks now and aside from a few days next week, I’ll be gone for another three before I can put my feet up and relax for any significant amount of time. I’ve been haunting about and working in Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. And come May I’ll be in Singapore as well. As always it seems, the blog has taken a bit of a backseat. There’s a lot of stuff in the pipeline and I miss just casually posting here and I’m trying to get back to that, to make it routine again. For now though, I’ll leave you with a few simple photos from the countryside around Ubud, in Bali.

Two Polaroids | Bangkok

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Complex Navigational Theory & The Year in Review

A young woman and a small temple in Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

There’s something self-aggrandizing and myth-making about year end lists. They usually mean a lot more to the author or photographer or whoever than to the audience they’re intended for. But so it goes. In the end it’s as much of a review as a showcase. I like looking back over my work, seeing what worked and what didn’t, what can be improved upon, what themes ran through, and what growth. I don’t believe in top tens or bests ofs; I’d much prefer a bludgeoning. So here are some images all taken in 2016. Probably a hundred plus. From distant shores and islands to mountains and temples and cities and everything else in between. Some work and some personal. Some that have made it into my portfolio and others that have fallen onto the cutting room floor. In no particular order. But all here now. So behold. And thank you. I don’t say that enough.

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A man salutes the late afternoon sun overlooking Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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A small Hindu temple near Anjuna Beach, in northern Goa, India.
Details from It Happened To Be A Closet in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand.
A cityscape of Bangkok, Thailand through a hotel window.
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Palm fronds and crystal blue waters on Ritidian beach in northern Guam.
A portrait of a Chamorro seafarer, holding an axe he uses to build canoes.
Locks of love at Two Lovers Point in Guam.
Thien Mua Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam.
Rice fields in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.
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A young woman walks into the open plains of northern Mongolia.
An old Russian van on the road in northern Mongolia.
A Tsaatan man poses for a portrait with his horse in northern Mongolia.
An old bomb at a war memorial near the southern coast of Guam.
A young man holds a land crab for sale along the roadside in southern Guam.
Crystal clear waters and white sand beaches on Guam island.
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The facade of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, India.
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The spa at La Veranda resort in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.
Yoga on the lawn of the Intercontinental Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand.
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The Cai Rang floating market outside of Can Tho in southern Vietam.
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A young monk sweeps the grounds at Tham Krabok temple in Saraburi, Thailand.
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A woman at the local market in downtown Panjim, India.
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A portrait of Boonsong Samrong outside of his home and gym in Rayong, Thailand.
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Kanlaya Chaiwarae and her three sons at their home in Rayong, Thailand.
Thailand Mourns The Death Of King Bhumibol
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Wedding Photographs from 2016

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It’s funny, I never really think of myself as a wedding photographer, but over the course of every year I end up shooting a dozen or so around Southeast Asia. Mostly couples coming into Thailand & Vietnam from around the world, getting hitched on the beach or on some epic private villa’s sweeping lawn with the ocean as a backdrop. Could be worse. It’s tough for anyone to be in a bad mood on a tropical beach in the middle of Asia. So to celebrate the end of the year and to kind of recap this strange but wonderful little side business that sprung up out of nowhere a few years back, here are some images from the past 12 months. Give or take. From start to finish. Here’s to all of these amazing couples.

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Back in Bangkok

For a few days at least. I’ve spent the past week working on an assignment around the city, narrowly avoiding heat stroke while trying to capture scenes from every far-flung locale in the capital. Someone told me the weather was lightening up, but I’m going to have to disagree. This year came and went too quickly. Still trying to get my head around it. I’ll try to get some kind of recap down in the next few weeks. Until next time, here’s a small image of a really big place.

Thailand | Beach Triptych

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Pretty sure this was just a simple accident at the time, but I like how it all happened. I probably wasn’t even thinking about it when I cut the film. All of those small things that just add up. Makes me want to leave my digital camera at home more often.

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