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Photographing Festivals in Bhutan

February 22nd, 2014

When I take a tour group to one of these stunning cultural festivals in Bhutan I try to remain as unobtrusive as possible, bearing in mind that this is their festival, and I am a guest.  I tend to stand quietly in one place for quite some time, on the corner of a building or off to the side of some steps, watching and when the opportunity presents making an image, like this one.

Bumthang Tshechu dancers having a tea break.

Dancers having a Tea Break at the Prakar Lhakhang Tshechu in Chumey

Not Getting in the Way

The Bhutanese are lovely friendly people and a regular occurrence when they see me standing at the back is to invite me forward (to stand in front of them) so I can see better… Now I am 180cm tall and most Bhutanese are somewhat smaller than that, so if I stand in front of them they won’t be able to see a thing.  Naturally I decline, but often that simple interaction is enough to start a conversation where I often discover that the person I am talking to studied in Australia (Engineering, science or similar), or has a brother, or sister, or Son or Grand Daughter studying there.

Image shot with the Hasselblad H4D-60 and the 100mm f2.2 lens… without getting in the way or being a nuisance.

Concert for the Kimberley is HUGE!

February 26th, 2013

Concert for the Kimberley with 20,000 people!

Concert for the Kimberley with John Butler 3

John Butler showing 20,000 people how its done

The message for little Colin Barnett was pretty clear on Sunday when approximately 20,000 people turned up for the Wilderness Society’s Concert for the Kimberley.  But was he listening?  Does he ever listen?  Do any politicians ever listen? Read the rest of this entry »

Concert for the Kimberley in Fremantle

February 19th, 2013
James Price Point, Kimberley Region of Western Australia

At Risk… James Price Point is just the beginning

This Sunday afternoon in Fremantle is the Wilderness Society Concert for the Kimberley, specifically, James Price Point which is the current hot spot.  The day starts at 1.30pm with a March through Fremantle down to the Esplanade Park for the concert itself, where we will have John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins and Dr Bob Brown will be speaking.  The best bit is that its all for free but of course donations are welcome and its for a fantastic cause.  Bring your dancing shoes and put your hands up for the Kimberley!

A Victory at James Price Point

December 6th, 2011
Woodside laydown area at James Price Point, Dampier Pensinsula, Kimberley

Illegal activity at JPP ©Nigel Gaunt 2011

Amazing News for all Western Australians (except Colin) and in fact all in the world who care about James Price Point and the future of the KImberley Region.  The State Governments recent underhanded stance of threatening compulsory acquisition unless the Traditional owners of JPP handed over their land for industrial rape and pillage has been declared illegal by the Australian High Court.  Its back to square one for Woodside and their pocket politicians.

This is a major Victory against the might and political power of corporations and their ability to simply buy what they want regardless of any environmental, cultural and moral rights, and it brings to light in very plain terms the sheer incompetence of the current WA state Government. Read the rest of this entry »

James Price Point Exhibit in Broome

October 20th, 2011
James Price Point at sunset looking North. Kimberley WA

James Price Point looking North from the Gas precinct… clearly a place of no significance

The Exhibit for James Price Point held up in Broome recently was a huge success, due to the hard work of those involved, Nigel Gaunt, Helen Bailey, Rod Hartvigsen to name just the three i know of…
I know there were many more as it was a huge venture.  You can watch a video of the opening night shot by Rod right here.

Hopefully this exhibition will travel down to Perth and then onto the rest of Australia, the more people who see it the better.  The only reason this abhorrent gas proposal has gotten this far is the isolation of the Kimberley and that not enough people realise what we will lose.

The battle is not over, but we are winning.

Kimberley Exhibition opens tonight

October 20th, 2011

The exhibition is up on the wall, the programs are all printed and its only 3pm, i’ve got time to spare… so i thought i’d share what i’ve put on the wall at the beginning of the images.  I’m sure i’ll offend somebody, but, some people are just easy to offend.  lets see.

Download the pdf here


James Price Point looking South towards the Gas Precinct. Kimberley WA

James Price Point looking South towards the Gas Precinct… This is where they want to put it!

The Kimberley – A Photographic Exploration

The Kimberley gets into your blood with the red pindan, it simply becomes a part of you, and you become a small part of it.  It is a difficult place to leave and it will always call you back. Read the rest of this entry »

Mitchell Falls in Flood

October 16th, 2011

The clock is ticking on the opening for the Kimberley Exhibition and i’m almost there.  If  you haven’t seen the invite you can check it our here.  One of the images to feature big in the exhibit will be this one of Mitchell Falls, Mitchell Plateau National Park from the last trip through the Kimberley.

Mitchell Falls at twilight, Mitchell Plateau National Park, Kimberley WA

Spectacular big sky at Mitchell Falls

I spent a total of 3 months travelling through the Kimberley this time, and just after the biggest wet season on record.  Many roads were so badly damaged by the immense amount of water that they were shut well into the dry season Read the rest of this entry »

Back from the Kimberley

September 5th, 2011

I’m back… Back from the Kimberley, and back in Blog land.  I’ve actually been back in Fremantle for a month now, but i’ve been so busy catching up with everything that had been put on hold, that time to write on the Blog never materialised… also, i am a great procrastinator, possibly one of the best, and anything to do with writing is what i’m best at procrastinating about Read the rest of this entry »

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