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Family Album 2012

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A much-needed trip home to see the family was accompanied with plenty of clicking cameras, as I attempted to capture Isla and Benjamin in their early years. Leaving them behind is always the hardest aspect of leaving, and this time Benjamin brought half the family […]

Day of the Dead

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Day of the Dead is the Mexican holiday that brings people together to remember those that have passed away. Rather more celebratory and stylish in nature than our own Halloween, it is a firm fixture on San Francisco’s calendar; particularly in the southern Mission district, traditionally […]

New York New York

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The sense of perspective in this space is wonderfully warped

Taking advantage of the extended Memorial Day weekend, I tacked on an extra day and winged it away from the West Coast for a weekend in New York City. What a place; I had visited in my early twenties, but it makes a major difference when […]

Thanksgiving on Stinson Beach

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Given how diligently commercialised the rest of the holidays in America have become, it comes as a pleasant surprise just how innocent and positive Thanksgiving is. Gather with friends and family, eat a little too much, drink until tipsy, and in the case of about […]

Würzburg

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It’s been a while since I met Robbie, my flatmate and one of my best friends while at university in Glasgow. We actually managed to link up in Kyoto, while he was at a neuroscience conference (it’s not exactly brain surgery), but this was the […]

Lipstick on a Pig – Taipei Floral Expo 2011

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I had deep reservations with the Taipei Flora Expo, even before getting the tickets. China gets the Olympics; Taiwan gets the Deaflympics and World Games. Shanghai gets the World Expo; Taipei makes a ‘Flora Expo’ for itself. I don’t see anything more than a cynical […]

HK NYE 2011

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A bit late in the writing, but who cares – this year was another HK mission to seek out the new year in style.  Flying back from the UK, I popped my head round the door for about 18 hours, before heading back to Taiwan.  […]

Taipei Biennial 2010

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Taipei Biennial 2010

Misgivings about the limited arts scene in Taiwan always evaporate when the Biennial sets up shop; the curators are clearly highly adept at collecting a thought-provoking selection of work.  This year’s, while seemingly smaller than in the past, none-the-less tackled some spicy political subjects, not […]

Zhouzhuang – Water Town

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After several years of trying (admittedly, probably not trying hard enough), I finally made it to one of the ‘Water Towns’ in the Jiangsu province, near to Shanghai.  The whole country had come to a stop to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which I understand indirectly […]

Expo Shanghai

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“China, meet World.  World, meet China.” It’s statement is pretty clear. World Fairs and Expositions are a chance for the nations of the world to trade ideas and peddle their cultural and industrial wares.  This year’s show, held in an emergent and increasingly confident Shanghai, […]