Meeting Strangers

A stall-holder in Queenstown obligingly poses for me: he wanted to sit up, but was happy to return to the position I'd first seen him in. For us, one of the great advantages of travelling in Guyana is that everyone speaks English.
There’s a magical area in Koltatta that is full of sculptures and figures, all gaudily painted, preparing statues for the numerous festivals that India celebrates. This plaster-casting shop full of glorious grey tones stood out as different.
High in the hills above Udaipur, a vision in rose and lime takes a phone call. Composition for this shot was easy: just out of frame to the right is a male friend who was keeping a watchful eye on me
Normally I wouldn’t shoot portraits with a 300mm f/2.8 lens, but with the Himba, though they were cooperative and allowed me to photograph them, their nervous zone was much larger than usual. A very long lens helped me keep my distance.
At a gorgeously cool stream on the island of Taveuni, Fiji, it’s tempting to spend the entire day there as beyond the shade it is swelteringly hot. A curious girl approaches and cannot understand why my focus is on her feet. It’s the leaves. Really!
At a gorgeously cool stream on the island of Taveuni, Fiji, it’s tempting to spend the entire day there as beyond the shade it is swelteringly hot. A curious girl approaches and cannot understand why my focus is on her feet. It’s the leaves. Really!
At Pecos National Park, our friend Bill takes us to a Civil War reconstruction - all done with meticulous attention to detail, even how horses are harnessed and the food the soldiers’ wives (who accompanied many) would cook for them.
A serious discussion about the relative merits of two types of apple with a most intelligent child gave me a wonderful sequence of unself-conscious portraits but the best was always obvious, with the kind of rich, exquisite lighting typical of New Zealand.
A snatch job between rehearsals that is made entirely by just two components: the beauty of the dancer and the blur of the lens, the Zeiss 135mm f/1.8. Made in the cramped dressing rooms of  Victoria Theatre, Singapore.
Carpet maker, Agra
We were working on a story about in Japan prostitution when a dumpy lady ambled up. I was told not to try to photograph her, so I cradled the camera in my arms. I turned casually to point the camera and as I squeezed the shutter button, she raised her handbag. It was said she ran the whole area.