Elephant Tears

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African elephant after playing in water with the rest of his herd, the leather of his skin patchily and muddily drenched.

Taken in Etosha National Park, Namibia, Summer 2016.

A safari experience “better than sex!”, as my friends screamed.

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Elderly Turkish man at foot of Taurus mountain range

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Whilst hitching across Turkey we met an elderly Turkish man selling mountain tea in Kaş, an idyllic town on a jagged hill running down to the Turquoise coast of the southwest of the country. We tried to spark up conversation but there existed no common language, and regardless, he seemed far more intent on wafting each different herb under our noses to seduce us into buying all his natural wares.

A little further up the hill, passing an Irish documentary-maker and an elderly woman in traditional Turkish light floral dress with her trail of goats and bell, we reached a more vacant space overlooking the opaque bay which reeked of the sordid elephant graveyard in The Lion King; dead silver roots, stunted stumps of trees and half-formed writhing plants blotting the arid and sun-beaten landscape.

It was an ideal vantage point, however, to scan where we might eventually continue our hike along the Lycian Way.

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Leviathan

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Ship at Kolkata harbour, West Bengal, India, shot before embarking on a 4-day sea voyage to the Andaman Islands, just less than 300k south of Myanmar.

The rust and vivid colouring of this image and the briny robustness of the ship remind me very much of the 2012 Leviathan, an experimental documentary shot in the North Atlantic focused on the brutal toil the workers undergo in the North American commercial fishing industry, filmed in 20-hour shifts using GoPro cameras.

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A Camouflage Series: India

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When the Indian man in military uniform (our only company for seven hours as the mountain passes across the north Indian Himalayas are de-bouldered) blends in with the snow-belched mountains behind and all around, and all the patterns then start to resemble that of a cow’s coat, you know you need a change of scenery.

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