Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival is extraordinary. For nine days and nights devotees, primarily Thais with Chinese ancestry, wear white, observe a vegetarian diet, abstain from alcohol and sex and perform religious rites to purify body and mind. Celebrated most famously in Phuket, the festival sees gods from the temples paraded around town on palanquins. The raucous processions are incessantly showered with fire crackers, filling the air with noise, smoke and red paper. However, what makes the festival such a remarkable spectacle […]
Just back from a brilliant two weeks in Bhutan escorting a World Expeditions group around some of the country’s highlights including Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the Paro festival, and the awesome Dzongs at Trongsa, Jakar and Punakha. Check out the image gallery for lots more photographs.
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The Sydney Mardi Gras took place the day after I got home from a month in South America. It struck me as a cross between the carnaval parade in Montevideo and one of the street parties in Rio. Like those events it was colourful, crazy and joyful and just shows you don’t always have to go far from home to shoot great festivals.
Carnaval in Rio was awesome. To see a whole city partying day and night for five days straight was quite something. Shooting a variety of images of the Samba School Parade from the grandstand was challenging but nicely countered by the ease of access to the street parties, as long as you don’t mind being in the middle of a massive, surging crowd. To see more images go to the Rio de Janeiro image gallery.