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 seen on my BBC blog. Saying that though, I did manage to do a job for somebody else right at the end of the year, albeit a filming job with hardly any opportunity to shoot stills.

Anyway, I will endeavour to post some previously unseen images from this year’s Human Planet stuff, with anything else I can find interspersed amongst them… see if you can spot the difference!  Shouldn’t be too hard.


Walking to school down the frozen Zanskar River

Chilling out after a long day of messing around and stealing things, Jaipur, India

Last light of evening, Shabaz refugee camp, near Hyderbad, Pakistan

Washing leathers at Fez Tannery, Morocco

Fish festival, Brazil

The beautiful Himalaya

Mother and son cooking in a sleeping cave, Zanskar Valley, ladakh, India

Taking a bat from a catcher's net, Papua New Guinea

Sunset on the Rio Negro, Brazil

Wildlife in the urban jungle of Jaipur

Stakna Gompa, Ladakh

Our two characters from the Human Planet sulphur mine shoot, Ijen, West Java.

Digging a latrine at sunrise. Sector 5, Shahbaz camp, Pakistan

Turtle hunting, Rio Negro

Grooming, Jaipur, India

Having a fag break, Ijen sulphur mine, Indonesia

Inquisitive fresh water amazon river dolphin, Brazil

Aerial shot of bat catching net in PNG's mountainous interior

Traversing the melting ice, Zanskar, Ladakh...

... it gets trickier in other places

Bat catcher tending net at night, Papua New Guinea

Emerging from the crater, Ijen Sulphur Mine, East Java, Indonesia

Emerging from the crater, Ijen Sulphur Mine, East Java, Indonesia

End of a hard day, Zanskar

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27 Responses to “2010 My Year in Pictures”

  1. Those are some truly stunning photos. I think my favorites are those of the Zanskar River, especially the young boy crawling. It is simple but sums up the journey.

  2. Hi Tim,
    I’m supposed to be getting on with other stuff today but have just been enveloped by your images. I guess the other comments say it all but yes, I’m truly inspired. There was me thinking I was pretty good at what I did, now I’m stumped. You must have a very kind nature and an equally warm smile.
    The reason I found you was I am heading to Rajastan and NE India in a few weeks time and during my researching found the living bridges article and now really want to visit. Naturally I want to take my camera but not too much equipment and am gonna be with my good lady so this makes “serious photography” a little difficult. I’m pretty sure you will say take 2 prime lenses and the 5D so we wont go any further on that one. Also I’m imagining that I’m going to be needing to carry quite a bit of extra trekking type equipment judging by the general terrain. I have 6 weeks or so over there so would like to ask your advice as where else I might head in the region so i can maximise on my time and what equipment other than cameras I should be taking for this environment.We dont mind roughing it a bit. Thanks for your time if you find it. Kind regards, you rock! Mike
    p.s. Did your cameras make it?

  3. yuvarajan says:

    really nice picture and i was found by just search about the photographer.so im here drob my comment because of it.thank u very much

  4. yuvarajan says:

    waw!really nice and lovely picture

  5. Emma Bryant says:

    Hi Timothy
    I’m sure you get asked this all the time, which camera bodies do you use? Fantastic work, truly inspirational.



  6. John says:

    Stunning images!

    I have two questions regarding your gear:

    1. As I understand you are calling your 50mm and 85mm your work horses. When you look at your best shots, are most of them shot with theses lenses?

    2. You are relaying on primes, why are you using 16-35mm? Why not use 24mm f/1.4 or 35mm?

    • Timothy says:

      1. Not necessarily… I use lots of lenses from fisheyes up to 400mm… it depends on the situation. However, when I carry two bodies, I certainly feel most comfortable with a 50 on one and the 85 on the other.
      2. The 16-35 is the only zoom lens I own because it is very practical at short range when you are working amongst many people. I would normally pair it with a 50mm on my other body. I often use the 24 and 35, but I find them better in certain situations where the light is very delicate. Sometimes I find that the 24mm is not quite wide enough, but more often than not, when I am travelling I need to keep the number of lenses in my bag down to a minimum… the first primes to go are the 24 and 35.

  7. […] uma olhadela também na escolha oficial da BBC, ao blog da série e uma entrevista de Timothy sobre o seu percurso como fotógrafo. […]

  8. Love your work. It is so inspiring and I can’t belive how raw it is. I Love it! Congratulaions on a Great Year!!!

  9. DJM says:

    As many have said here on this site, “you are an inspiration” to me as a novice photographer just starting my journey. I watched your BBC slide show and my jaw is still dragging along the floor. I believe a photgrapher/videographer/filmaker all have the best jobs…what am I saying, it’s not a job, it’s an experience! Cheers!

  10. T says:

    photos incredible, u are one lucky guy!!!

  11. Dara Adila says:

    Dear Tim,

    Great pictures!! If you have time in Indonesia, please come to Aceh Province, this place provides beautiful nature.



  12. evenstarwen says:

    This is phenomenal. Thank you for being our window into the worlds unknown. Your work is amazing.

  13. janice says:

    Hello Timothy Allan, I wanted to say how incredible your photographs are! I learned of your site through the BBC webpage. You take magnificant photos, that actually give the reader a peak into other’s lives. All the while viewing your photographs, I had goosebumps! Your photosgraphs inspired me to do something with all my photos I have taken when I have travelled to my home country of South Afria and Zimbabwe. Thank you for inpiring many, thank you for your photos – mere words cannot describe them! Totally awesome! :o)

  14. Samuel Hoefler says:

    Timothy your work is absolutely inspirational. It adds a new perspective to the different cultures in countries. Without your photography I may never have heard about the bat catchers in Papua New Guinea, or the leather making of Morocco. Your work has been unforgettable and gives everyone that views your work a glimpse at what cultures are like across the globe.

    • Nilla Stennes says:

      What a privilege to be able to see these absolutely stunning pictures
      of yours.
      I have traveled all over the world for many years, but have never
      seen unusual sight like these.
      What a treat !!! Thanks !

  15. Jeff says:

    Tim, amazing photographs. What an amazing life to be able to travel and capture all those amazing scenery!

  16. Jenny says:

    Beautiful. It’s shots like these that makes me appreciate life for all the beauties it takes the form of. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Blandina says:

    Stunning collection… Just amazing… thanks

  18. Vinoba says:

    Amazing photos and experiences…

  19. JonnyD says:

    Fantastic! Breathtaking! What a talent you are!!!

  20. Erik C. says:

    Your work is incredible – nothing short of breath-taking.

  21. Andy Revitt says:

    I have watched the programmes on The Human Planet and also read your very recent article in Outdoor Photography. Your images are quite inspirational and capture the very essence of the people and environment in which they live. Thank you for the opportunity to see what I would not otherwise observe.

  22. Meaou says:

    absolutely amazing)
    thank you very much for these photos!

  23. Huy says:

    Sir, your work is amazing! Inspirational!
    I found out about you after watching the trailer of Human Planet on YouTube, and then simply typing in humanplanet.com. I’m so glad I arrived here. A thank you for your FAQ on how to break into the business of photography.

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