Self-Made Warriors

Informal, documentary-stye street portraits taken during the Sadsad (street dancing) at Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan festival in January 2015. The participants parade through the streets in indigenous costumes, dancing, drumming and chanting, sometimes for days at a time without stopping.

Ati-Atihan in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) takes place annually in January in Kalibo, Aklan, Western Visayas, Philippines. The festival features dancing and celebrations through the streets of Kalibo which last for many days or even weeks before reaching a climax during the final days. An open-air mass at dawn on the third Sunday is held in front of the cathedral and is followed by more celebration and torch-lit processions lasting into the night. [FULL GALLERY]

Kalibo, Philippines, 17 January, 2015. A participant in the Ati-atihan parade wearing brighly-colored home-made costume made from natural and salvaged materials. Ati-Atihan festival in honor of Santo Niño takes place yearly in Kalibo, Aklan, Western Visayas, Philippines.

Kalibo, Philippines, 17 January, 2015. A participant in the Ati-atihan parade wearing a hand-made-made costume made from natural and salvaged materials. Ati-Atihan festival in honor of Santo Niño takes place yearly in Kalibo, Aklan, Western Visayas, Philippines.


Flashback to Vietnam

That time we got lost. Really lost… But we got to see a sunset and sunrise deep in the central highlands of Vietnam in an area where foreigners are not allowed to venture because of tribal clashes. Woke up to this view and had to find a way to cross the river. For the second time. Found a small boat to take us across for around $1. Luckily there were some other locals who also wanted to cross so we split it four ways. Four of us and a motorbike loaded with our massive rice sacks and camera gear set across the river on this *tiny* boat. But we made it. On the other side some guys enjoying their breakfast started laughing as we drove our motorbike off the boat on the far shore… like, where the hell are these guys coming from, what are they doing here? We laughed at ourselves with them and that’s when we ate some grilled fish and drank some rice wine for breakfast (at 8am). One of the guys asked me where I was from, and I told him “United States”. He laughed even harder and told me he was Mặt trận (Viet Cong) during the American War and was proud of that (he was still wearing his faded green jacket), and filled my cup with more rice wine and told me to drink.

Đam Rông District, Lâm Đồng Province, Vietnam

Đam Rông District, Lâm Đồng Province, Vietnam

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Crozant, France

After a hectic last few months, a wedding, and a house full of people all summer long, things are finally winding down in our little village. We were finally able to get out for a breath of fresh air and catch some sunshine on a beautiful day at Crozant this afternoon.

We will be heading out for the next two months on an extended travel through France and Switzerland. I am definitely excited to finally have a chance to get back to traveling for a while and produce some new work… Will be back with plenty of fresh images in the new year!

Sarlat, France

Lena and I took a short trip to Sarlat-la-Canéda this week. It was good to get out and break away from the computer screen, even if just for a few days. The weather was terrible, and I didn’t have too much time to spend on photos as we were there on other business. I did manage to dust off the camera (only after eating ourselves poor at the morning market) to grab a few shots between rain-showers.

Street light and Crêperie Sign on Place du Peyrou, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France


Our visit to Arequipa was dominated by the lovely and wonderfully photogenic Monasterio Santa Catalina (Wiki). We had arrived there late in the day so that we could catch the afternoon light and explore during the one evening per week that the monastery is open at night. Unfortunately, just as we arrived we had to sit through an afternoon rainstorm that left the sky grey and cloudy, and then found out that there was a special even that night, and we were getting kicked out early- After we had paid the thirty Soles entrance. So we were a little more rushed than I would have like to be, but it was still a lovely place to spend the afternoon exploring the tiny, pastel painted alleyways of the mostly complex and I was lucky enough to sneak a few extra minutes after the lights came on to catch some almost night shots.

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I’ve had a little trouble with keeping up with updates lately- Had some rather unfortunate ‘business affairs’ to take care of over the past two weeks which, unfortunately, have kept me from what I really should be doing- Making new photos! Web galleries for Bolivia are now online, including Copacabana and Isla del Sol. Sitting here now Germany- It’s raining outside and about 15º outside- Leaves me wanting some of that beautiful Bolivian sunshine…

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Sacred Valley

New gallery online with images from Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas and other Inca ruins near to Cusco. The area around the Urubamba Valley is home to many well-preserved ancient Inca sites, we well as the fascinating Salt Flats at Salinas, where salt has been harvested continually (in much the same fashion) since the Incas.

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