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Everything’s Bigger in China

These days, the gigantic monuments and boulevards and ambitions of Beijing make the news every week. "Isn't it amazing what a totalitarian government can do?" rave conservative Western pundits. "The Chinese government decides to do something" – build a dam, knock down …

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Once Upon a Time

There's nothing like a good story. Even if you can only understand a word or two of it. For example, we ran into this guy during Chinese New Year. His fake queue and fancy outfit attracted our attention. "Twenty kuai …

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Divine Inspiration in Bangkok

Silom Road has airline offices on the verge of extinction, and faded "antiques". But it also boasts Bangkok's biggest and most colorful Hindu temple. Down the soi lies another kind of divine inspiration: the Kathmandu Gallery. Wedged between cafes and Burmese …

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The Lost Staircase

Lost Print: A retro staircase spirals up the side of a mansion in Cambodia Cyanotype Print on 100% cotton French paper, A3 size including borders, #1/20 Edition Varie, 2006 One afternoon I rode on the back of a motorbike up …

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21 Essential Links for Independent Artists

Here are some people who have helped me in my quest to be an independent artist. They range from artists to creative entrepreneurs who are shaping possibilities undreamt of 10 years ago thanks to the internet, like: 1. Chris Guillebeau, Creative …

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Sapphire Geisha

Image Used With Permission From Beauty And The Bath Geisha Hair Gallery This geisha’s photo could have been printed on postcards or sold to a private client. She was taken by a professional studio photographer. Cyanotypes were an affordable way for …

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Brutal and Beautiful

I’ve just backed up my laptop and rediscovered forgotten images. Some Thai boxing photos from a week in Hua Hin, 2005: Low light photos with no flash turn a brutal scene into a beautiful one. Colors and highlights are painted …

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How To: Expose your Cyanotype

If you’ve ever wondered how I make the blue cyanotype prints that saturate my website, have a look at the pictures below. Whether you’re printing on silk, wood, plaster or paper, all you need are: 1. Chemicals and water, 2. a …

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Photo of Today: Lanscape Layer Cake

Rice terraces in the hills near Lao Cai, Vietnam, near the Chinese border NOT! But wouldn't it be delicious if these tiers really were a giant caramel cake? We were headed to a Red Dao hilltribe village in northern Vietnam, …

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Sticky Rice + Sun = Rice Crackers

Rice crackers dry in the sun along the river, Luang Prabang I’ve just begun the first draft of the Lao portion of my book on handmade paper, and am having continual flashbacks to my too-short time there earlier this year. …

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