Researching what is worth seeing in Hanoi one cannot but stumble upon a mention of the famous Train Street. You get to read about the train which passes “inches from the houses” (it doesn’t), about the locals who live “right on the tracks and only move moments before the train arrives” (they don’t) and about how “crazy it all is” (it isn’t) and you start dreaming about it and wanting to see it and so on and so forth. I mean, let’s face it - it sounds absolutely tantalising and amazing - the antithesis between the fragile human with the massive metal beast that is the modern locomotive, especially in this day and age of political correctness and safety-above-all. So, if you’re in Vietnam for something more than cheap booze and party, Train Street is a must see, right?Read More
More and more, whether you travel to Nottingham Forrest or the lower borders of the Omo Valley, chances are you’ll come across groups of photographers, lugging backpacks, tripods, lenses etc., all seeking the perfect picture and willing to go to any lengths, pay any amount of money, to get there. And this is wonderful - imagine: we’re living in an age where every single one of us can see the world through a thousand other eyes, for free, and draw inspiration! It’s wonderful.
But, there’s a dark side to this and it’s damaging our world…Read More
We all come across images which awe and inspire us - in fact I’m willing to bet that every image which stops you dead in your tracks inspires something within you! This is true for everyone in the world, but even more for us photographers, because sometimes these images drive us to try and get some equally good ones. So we pack our bags and travel to exactly the same destination, at exactly the same time as the original image and…guess what, nothing - absolutely nothing - is like we imagined or planned and, even worse, those images we were 100% certain we would capture are nowhere to be found. How can that be?
Well, the images are there - trust me - but sometime (actually, most of the time!) you need some help to get to them. And that help is a professional fixer.Read More