Travel

Living Root Bridges

Living Root Bridges

In north east India the Khasi tribe grow incredible living bridges that last for hundreds of years.


Comic Relief Desert Trek

Comic Relief Desert Trek

Kenya … I’ve been trying to find a spare moment to write a new post for a couple of weeks now.  Two episodes of Human Planet have been and gone whilst I have been away in Africa with Comic Relief, and whilst I was actually using a satellite to send images back home daily, our […]


Bayaka Honey Gatherer

Bayaka Honey Gatherer

Witness the amazing lengths that some people will go to to get their sugar fix…


The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Greenland … Prior to traveling to Greenland with Human Planet, I had never been to the Arctic before.  I don’t know exactly what I was expecting.  Cold? Yes of course, but I don’t think anything can quite prepare you for the astonishing panoramas that hide quietly around every frozen corner. A winter north of the […]


Gerewol

Gerewol

In the desert of Niger, the Wodaabe tribe have a unique way of meeting a mate


Pa aling Fishing

Pa aling Fishing

Meet the incredible men who risk their lives fishing with hookah pipes in the South China Sea


2010 My Year in Pictures

2010 My Year in Pictures

… Well, it’s that time of the year again.  The time when photographer’s throughout the world root through dusty hard drives and put together a synopsis of their year in images.  Of course, for the second year running, my year has been dominated by Human Planet, many images of which you may well have already […]


Nagaland

Nagaland

India … When I went backpacking through South East Asia in the early nineties, myself and a friend got quite into collecting old beads on our travels, a hobby I still have to this very day.  Back then, along with the Tibetan Plateau, home of the infamously mysterious Dzi beads, North East India’s Nagaland represented my […]


Tent City

Tent City

Pakistan … I have just arrived back to the capital city of Islamabad after 14 days filming at Shabhaz refugee camp near Hyderabad in Pakistan’s Sindh province, one of the areas heavily affected by this country’s recent horrendous floods.  This is the first time I’ve been to Pakistan and it has been a very emotional […]


Mining the Inferno

Indonesia …Residents of Java are well accustomed to the presence of volcanoes in their lives.  Take a dawn climb to any one of the island’s 40 or so peaks, and a glance to either the east or the west of you will normally reveal a scene worthy of the set of Jurassic Park as you […]


Room with a View

My Top 5 most memorable Human Planet camp sites …Thanks to Iceland’s recent explosion in exports of Volcanic ash, I had to cancel my last Human Planet trip back to Mali, and since our filming schedule is now slowly beginning to wind up, I thought I’d plough through the picture archive and dig up some snaps […]


Black River Secrets

Brazil …It’s a funny old world we live in.  Today I’m sitting writing this in a hotel room at São Paulo airport, our flight home cancelled indefinitely because a volcano has erupted in Iceland, almost 10,000 km away.   Yesterday, on our boat in the Amazon, if you’d have asked me to make a bet on […]


The Urban Jungle

India …After the last few weeks of misadventures in Ladakh, I finally said my farewells to our Mountains team a couple of days ago, leaving them nursing their blisters and brittle noses in our Delhi apartment.  Forty kilograms of luggage lighter, I decided to backpack it alone to my next destination of Jaipur, but not […]


The School Run

Zanskar …Every now and then, as a photographer I shoot a story that really touches me deeply.  You can never tell which one it’s going to be and often you only realize it when you are looking back through your pictures in hindsight.  Sitting here in the warmth of my hotel room, I have to […]


Back in Ladakh

India …I have been here in Ladakh for 3 days already but today was the first day I’ve actually managed to get out and do a bit of sight-seeing.  This has been due to the inevitable bout of altitude sickness that has inflicted me these past few days like many people who travel here directly […]


Mind the Gap

Papua New Guinea …I’m back in the sweaty forests of Papua New Guinea again, although this time I’m with the Mountains team.  It’s true.  Strictly speaking we are actually in the jungle, but as it goes, we’re also in the mountains, so for once it looks like rock beats paper on this occasion. The realization […]


A Year on the Road

A Year on the Road

Singapore …Two weeks into 2010 and I am back from my one month break over the holiday season.  As is the tradition for photographers around this time of year, I have put together a small portfolio of previously unseen pictures from 2009… one from each Human Planet shoot last year. Yesterday I left my home […]


Boy and Nature

Boy and Nature

Mongolia …There are two frequently quoted buzz words in the Human Planet offices… man, and nature.  By man, we are of course colloquially referring to the human race and not just the male denomination of our species.  By nature, folk here tend to be alluding to animals in the first instance, and then to our environment if the zoological […]


The Big Blue

Philippines …Firstly, apologies for missing a week with my posts to this blog.  It was probably a little ambitious of me to expect a decent internet connection from the middle of the South China Sea.  That’s not to say that such a thing is impossible, just extremely inconvenient and quite tricky when you’re living on […]


Water World

Water World

Sabah …I must admit, I wasn’t expecting to see this sight when I woke up this morning.  We’ve been suffering the periphery of typhoon Parma since I arrived here in Sabah, shrouding the Celebes sea in rainy grey clouds and dashing any hopes I’ve had of shooting pictures from our helicopter which has spent the […]


Hunting for Whales

Indonesia …Indonesia is one of my favourite countries in the world.  I spent a lot of time here in my twenties, just roaming around, visiting as many as I could of the seventeen odd thousand islands that make up this immense archipelago.  Back then, coming to the remote island of Lembata would probably have involved […]


Urban Safari

Kenya …Coming to Kenya with the BBC’s natural history unit you’d be forgiven for assuming that I was here to spend a few weeks on safari.  For sure, the BBC’s cameramen and women have had a long and fruitful relationship with Kenya’s amazing wildlife over the years, resulting in some of the most sensational wildlife […]


Tomb Raiders

Cambodia …As part of the Jungles program on Human Planet we have come to Cambodia to investigate a place where nature has reclaimed the site of a former human civilization.  That place is the 200 square kilometre area of Angkor in Central Cambodia, former home to, amongst others, the great Khmer empire of King Suryavarman […]


Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Papua New Guinea …Papua New Guinea’s fantastic cultural heritage has been drawing a steady stream of photographers to its shores for many years now.  In fact, I’m pretty sure that my own particular passion for travelling to remote places was substantially inspired by images from this magical island which have been residing quietly in my […]



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