Moscow State Circus

    My wife recently recently came home with some free ticket to the Moscow State Circus. I remember shooting the Circus once before for the local paper back in the mid 90's and it made great pictures.  I decided to take my Fuji Xpro2 along and only packed two lenses, the 27mm f2.8 pancake lens which I love and my 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 not anticipating doing much shooting as I'd be juggling my 2 year old son and a large tub of popcorn. However I

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LAOS – Legacy of War

I first became aware of the problem of UXO (unexploded ordnance) contamination in Laos about 10 years ago. I already knew about the war that had taken place between the Pathet Lao communists and US backed Royal Lao Army and also the US’s aerial bombardment of Laos in an attempt to rupture the supply line known as the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War. What I didn't know was the full extent of the bombing campaign the US waged on Laos. Laos is

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Telskuf….Town sacked by isis

I've decided to post these pictures I took whilst in the town of Telskuf Iraq. I originally took the pictures to go with an article about a Christian refugee camp and what it’s new residents had fled. However I thought the images deserved a better show that what they got in the news article. I want to show the destruction and devastation left by war. How people’s homes and possessions that they worked their lives for had been looted or destroyed in just a few

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Sinjar, A City Under Siege

Everyone whose followed the rise of the so called Islamic State or Daesh over the past 18 months will have heard of Sinjar or Shengal as it’s called by the people of the area.  I’ve wanted to visit this area since I first watched the atrocities unfold on TV there last summer but was unable to at that time. This was my 3rd trip to Kurdistan and I wanted to see where the events took place that prompted my first trip last August.  I would

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Kurdistan Portraits

A couple of weeks ago I found my self back in Kurdistan again.  The scorching 50° heat of August that I dealt with last time I was there had given way to a very pleasant 25-30° and made working so much easier.  One of the things I wanted to do while there this time was try to get at least one portrait each day in every place I visited as I traveled around and not necessarily connected in any way to any of the story’s

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Kurdistan Part 2 – Women That Fight ISIS

We left Erbil at about 9am for the city of Sulaymaniyah, which is situated about 180km to the southeast and is home to the women of 2nd Battalion, 6th Brigade, an all female unit of about 500 Peshmerga fighters. The temperature was already into the high 30’s°c and it was only going to get hotter. The journey was to take about two and a half hours and would take us into a beautiful part or Kurdistan I’d not see before. The road was pretty good in comparison to

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Lens Protection

Keeping our lenses safe is very important and there are lots of products on the market to do this job.  However, most of these products are quite expensive and overpriced for what they do. I sometimes like to throw my camera and a couple of lenses into a normal hiking day sack when I'm heading out for the day with the family or going on a hike etc. So I wanted something that was tough and rigid to protect the lenses from knocking against eachother and, at the

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The age old dilemma of what to take

I recently made a trip to northern Iraq on a photographic assignment for the Sun Newspaper. The initial brief was to meet with and photograph Yazidi women who had escaped from Islamic State after being sold into slavery. The second part was to track down and meet with any foreigners fighting with the Kurdish forces against IS, preferably British. We also wished to do a story on the women who are fighting with the Female Peshmerga, something we wanted to do when we last visited

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Kurdistan Part 1:- Genocide 74

In August 2014 I travelled to Kurdistan with Sun Features Writer, Oliver Harvey, to cover the humanitarian crisis created by Islamic State following its infiltration of Northern Iraq and Kurdistan, their capturing of the cities of Sinjar and Mosul and the Kurdish Peshmergas efforts to fight back. Twelve months later we returned to witness the current situation. For those of you who've been on a mission to Mars or comatose for the past 12 months, here’s a little background information. On 3rd August 2014, ISIL

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