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All aboard please, photographs by Grant Maiden, Wellington, New Zealand.

A couple of portraits of the excellent Vincent O’Sullivan for Victoria University Press. His new novel ‘All This by Chance’ is launched today at the Writers and Readers week which is part of the New Zealand Festival.

 

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We were lucky enough to stumble across this week long gathering just outside of Luang Prabang in Laos in December. Celebrating the abundant harvest, it is an absolute riot of colour, pagaentry and ritual (and fun too of course!).  There’s dancing, a beauty pageant, rides, food, singing and an interesting ball tossing ritual which is apparently a way for potential suitors to show interest in each other.

The Hmong are an ethnic group of people from the mountainous regions of Laos, Thailand, China, Myanmar and Vietnam and there are several tribes that live in Laos, each with their own unique customs and amazing costumes.

It made our kiwi barbecues and New Years parties back home pale somewhat in comparison!

 

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A commercial job for a German power engineering company called Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen.

This is father and son Alan and Grant Brown from Sydney over in Wellington servicing the transformers at the Brooklyn substation.

 

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Late one afternoon a couple of weeks ago in the hill country of the Matale District, we stopped at one of the tiny villages set amongst the abundant tea fields. The people had finished work on the tea plantations as well as school for the day and were talking on the roadside, preparing meals in their homes, and the kids were playing.

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This is an ongoing series photographed over the last few months for Victoria University using current students for their handbook guides for prospective students. The layout involved positioning the student on the left side of the page and the right being left free to overlay text.

 

Grant Maiden Photography www.grantmaiden.co.nz