Thanks to Jane Pettigrew and co. at UK Tea Academy, London
A few shots from my quick spin around Oman earleir this year, in no particular order
Out next month!
Thanks to Ian and Jess and everyone who welcomed me in Gairloch, I'll be back one day!
Out now in your nearest Korean Air seat pocket
Out now, in your nearest Korean Air seat-back pocket.
Santuk Silk was founded by US Vietnam vet Bud Gib who came to SE Asia in the 70s to help ex soldiers who'd lost limbs. It's a cooperative where the women all share the fruits of their labour. Well worth a visit.
I spent a few hours with these guys and saw the process from block of stone to life-size Buddha. It's hot and dusty work! In my excitement I bought a Buddha head which doubled the weight of my backpack.
Look up in any town or city in Vietnam and you're likely to see this. Impossible knots of electricity and phone cables, stretching tentacles out in all directions. It must be a nightmare for the phone repair people but they do make pretty silhouettes.
In Lantau Island, HK, I stumbled upon this father and son business gearing up for Chinese New Year. They make the dragon heads (and other animals, real and not) for street festivals. It's incredibly fiddly work; a process of fixing near weightless strips of bamboo into complex structures onto which a paper-maché face is pasted.
A few portraits of the lovely people from the University of Liverpool