This was a five day motorcycle safety shoot for Acc for their excellent website called Ride Forever . Its all about, well, riding forever. I pulled in my photographer friend (and motorcycle geek) David Hamilton and we tagged alongside the film and production company Sauce. We had five different riders on different bikes, as well as several cars (and a truck), recreating various scenarios that motorcyclists need to think about- overtaking, following distance, cornering, all that stuff. Heres a very small handful of the thousands of images we shot.
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.
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!
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.