An unexpected oasis of calm after the stress of being on the road in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. I found this little place, hidden away at the back of a temple in Battambang, almost lost to the jungle it seemed. Someone (or many someones) clearly left all these thought provoking images and slogans for me to find, somewhere down the line.
And what a road… Rice terraces, mountain folk, the hill in Baguio, spectacular views or spending hours above the clouds on the highest road in the Philippines, trying to grab a bite to eat, take a pee and smoke a couple of cigarettes during the 15 minute stops on the bus or the six hour wedgies on the way back down ..it’s all good
(All these shots were taken from the window of a very bouncy bus)
Can’t remember if I’ve posted any of these before but I think they deserve a second chance anyway. From left to right,
‘Don’t worry be happy – Fuck you’.. seen on a toilet door somewhere.
‘Center of a crop circle, probably near Avebury, 1991’.
‘If you come in, we will fuck you’ (promises promises) Seen on a wall in a derelict building somewhere near Hackney, circa 1991,
‘Big Clock’, Empty House, Somewhere in London, 1991.
More from the archives. I spotted Myleene Klass filming something or other in London in 2009 and fired off a few shots (like you do).
She wasn’t very happy about it though, gave me a right filthy look in fact.
Made me realise just how much the world had changed in such a short time. I get the feeling, if you saw the same scene today there’d be about 50 people standing around her, staring gormlessly into their smartphones, instead of actually experiencing the event first hand. Anyway, whatever….
All these pictures were taken in and around Angkor Watt and Angkor Thom recently. I didn’t take the tours, didn’t pay a guide to be blabbing in my ear all day and didn’t get up at 4am to take the same picture, recommended by all the travel books, which hundreds of thousands of people must have taken already (seriously, why bother?). I just rented a bicycle for 2 dollars and cycled around in the jungle for 5 hours. It was a fantastic morning.
All shots were taken on a ‘piece of shit,’ Nikon Coolpix.
Written circa 1993;
After, what felt like at least an hour, in a deep, thoughtful k-hole I looked at my watch, which seemed to say the same time as it had before I’d done the line.
I was sitting there alone, but I spoke out loud, possibly to convince myself that I was really there;
“How can it be 2.57?
It’s not 2.57 all the time…
It can’t be 2.57 all the time.
I refuse to believe that.”
….on visiting the great pyramids of Giza.
Well, we got hounded and hassled and threatened by the people working there and all I really wanted to do was just spend a few hours experiencing the energy of the pyramids for myself. Apparently relaxing in sacred spaces is not as easy as it would seem.
A brief audience with Peter Perrett.
One of my favourite musicians ever, probably best known for writing and singing
Another girl, another planet with The Only Ones.
I’ve been a fan of their music for over 30 years so I was very happy when Peter
kindly invited me into his home to take some informal portraits.
I’ve got to say, it was an honour and a pleasure to meet Peter and chat with him.
He even played me a few of his, as yet unreleased tracks. Sounding as good as ever.
It’s just a shame that I was in such a rush and had to leave so soon.
These guys were amazing. I spent all day with them and have rarely
encountered such generosity in my life.
They have no right to be on their land but they’ve been there 25 years anyway
I wish them all the best and hope they get to stay there for many years to come,
although I’m sure their living conditions could improve if they felt more secure.
I’ve been scanning and editing old pictures again.
Here’s a few from my first trip to Thailand, starting with some destroyed
Buddhas in the ancient capital, Ayutthaya.
Somewhere between Thong Sala and Haad Rin in Koh Phangan.
A brief visit to the hill tribes in the north
Taken from sunset beach on Koh Phangan
And a little more strangeness in Ayutthaya
I just started messing around with this programme yesterday.
I don’t really know how it works yet but I did a few pictures I like.
It’s a fascinating story how this group came together, during years of war and struggle in the desert.
Nowadays, they say they fight for peace with their guitars.
My good friend Andree, who died this year, aged 104. She not only survived two concentration camps but came out of that experience with a sense of humour and a positivity that you rarely find in anyone. She spent her whole life selflessly helping others. She was 101 when we did these two impromptu photo shoots and she loved posing for the camera. She told me that the first one was the best picture anyone had ever taken of her. The rest are from the second shoot we did together. After a while she started looking for props. First she picked up a book…..then she grabbed the photo of her late husband John but as she started thinking about him, she started to cry. I put the camera away.. out of respect for the most inspirational woman I’d ever met.
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