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The majestic forests of Arunachal Pradesh

The breathtaking forests of Arunachal Pradesh

The team taking a break in majestic forests of the Sar Di valley, Arunachal Pradesh (Click on the photo for a larger version)

A vertical panorama of the team taking a break in the majestic forests of the Sar Di valley in the remote eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh, India

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Tolbachik – active and inactive

Here are two views of the active cone of Tolbachik volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. The first photograph I took on during the 2012 eruption, on 1 July 2013, a few months after the main eruption took place. As you can see the lava lake was visible and there was a lot of activity. Lower down the slope rivers of lava ran down towards the plains and two more vents continued to erupt with lava and spew gas.

Looking into the crater

The devil’s cauldron: Tolbachik volcano 1 July 2013

The second photograph I took on 20 July 2014 during my 150km trek around the central group of volcanos. As you can see the lava lake was no longer visible and the activity had ceased. Lower down the slope, while the rivers of lava had stopped running, the lava was still hot – too hot to touch in some places. There were a few vents still spewing very hot gas into the air. We had to approach these vents with great care as if the wind direction changed you had to jump to get out of the way as the blast of hot air was extremely hot. We saw no evidence of red hot lava though.

We came across a number of volcanologists clamouring over the rubble with their gadgets and instruments conducting research.

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The devil’s lair: Tolbachik volcano 20 July 2014

We walked around the edge of the caldera and collected lava rocks as souvenirs. Wisps of gas continued to flow from cracks in the ground and much of the rock was still hot to touch. Tolbachik erupted last year after a gap of nearly 40 years. I wonder when the next eruption will be.

 

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Australian Geographic Outdoor

Australian Geographic Outdoor magazine published my photograph on its front cover along with an eight page feature article on the Madagascar Coast to Coast expedition in its July August 2014 edition. You can see more photographs from the expedition here or purchase a copy of the magazine from Australian Geographic website. Here is what it looks like.

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Cover shot from the July August 2014 Edition

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Looking down on the foothills of the Sambirano valley and out to the waters of the Mozambique Channel

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Following the mighty Bimarivo river in the low lands

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Ali’s blisters are world famous now

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A good flavour of scenes from the expedition

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Climbing the lower slopes of Mt Maromokotro, highest peak in Madagascar

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Australian Geographic Outdoor Magazine

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My photograph from the Madagascar expedition

My first cover shot was published this month for the July August edition of Australian Geographic Outdoor magazine along with an eight-page feature on the expedition. You can read more about the expedition on my site or visit Australian Geographic Outdoor’s website and find out more.

I took this shot with my trusty and battered Nikon D700 and 24-70mm.

 

 

 

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Australian Geographic Outdoor Cover Shot

Trekking in Madagascar

Trekking in the Tsaratanana Mountains, Madagascar

I am thrilled to hear that my favourite shot from the Madagascar Coast to Coast expedition is going to be the cover shot for the latest edition (July/ August 2014) of Australian Geographic Outdoor magazine. The magazine will also feature an eight page feature article on the expedition. It hits the stands on 17 July so those of you in the Southern Hemisphere make sure you pick up a copy. I will post a scan of the cover when it comes out. Can’t wait.

 

 

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Madagascar: Spirit of Discovery

Australian Geographic Outdoor July/ August 2014

My article is to be featured in Australian Geographic Outdoor July/ August 2014

My article on the first trans Madagascar expedition is to be featured in Australian Geographic Outdoor July/ August 2014 edition. It is an eight page feature with lots of photographs. The magazine will hit the stands on 17 July so pick up a copy! A brief description of the expedition and photographs can be seen on the Madagascar Coast to Coast Expedition page.

 

 

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Photography exhibition at the Adventure Film Festival

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I held my first photography exhibition at this year’s Adventure Film Festival in Bright, Victoria. I had tried to contact the organisers back in November 2013 expressing my interest to be involved with the festival. Despite repeated attempts I didn’t hear back from them and I forgot about the entire thing. Then two days before the festival I got an email from them asking me if I was still interested and could put something together.

 

Midnight in the Land of Fire and Ice, Kamchatka

My hero shot: Midnight in the Land of Fire and Ice, Kamchatka

 

It was bit of a “Woah!” moment but I took up the challenge. This was an opportunity not to be missed. I took a few deep breaths and put on my Project Manager hat. I had all the raw material from my last trip to Kamchatka and I knew I could pull it off. I wasn’t putting together a fine art show, it was more of a narrative style exhibition so while I still had to produce quality work, I didn’t have to agonise over the prints.

It was then a manic 48 hours of final editing, printing, framing and then transporting everything up to Bright. Melbourne is fantastically set up to manage this kind of artistic emergency. Neither the printers nor the framers were phased by my requests; obviously they had seen it all before.

 

The exhibition was held at the local community hall at the Adventure Film Festival in Bright

The exhibition was held at the local community hall at the Adventure Film Festival in Bright

I got it all printed, framed and packed the car; family put their shoulder in and I couldn’t have done it without their support. It was fantastic to see all these photographs, so familliar on the computer screen, become objects in the real world. I am now inspired to refine some of them and take the time to print them on fine art paper stock to see how they come out.

We set out at sun rise and made it to the festival by 9am and had the photos hung in an hour or so. It was good to see them all hanging together in the space. It wasn’t the Louvre but the festival is a great opportunity to put my work before an audience interested in adventure travel.

 

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I printed 20 photographs for the exhibition and managed to put the entire thing together in 48 hours

The exhibition was in the foyer of one of the buildings that held the screenings of the films so people stopped by before and after the films. I met a few interesting people including explorer and author Tim Cope. Tim has recently launched his book on his epic journey in the footsteps of Genghis Khan: On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads. He also expressed an interest in visiting Kamchatka.

 

Tim Cope

Explore and author Tim Cope dropped by to see my exhibition

We ended up having dinner at Tim’s place and had a wonderful evening watching a band Mozo. The Seattle-based duo were cycle touring around New Zealand and Australia carrying all their worldly possessions including their musical instruments on their bicycles!

All in all, it was a great experience. I broke new ground. Did something I have never done before. Met new people. And I look forward to doing it again. In fact, I will be as I will be presenting a session on adventure and travel photography at next year’s festival.

2014 is going to be the year of printing. I feel the need to bring the images that are sitting as zeros and ones on my hard drives as objects into the real world.

If these photographs fire you imagination why don’t you read about the 2014 Kamchatka Photography Trip or the Kamchatka Trekking Expedition.

 

 

 

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