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Kalachakra festival 2003, Bodhgaya, India
Chicken Run - Silkstead Farm, Hampshire, England
Human Cause and Affect
Sillouettes from around the world
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Tibetan pilgrims in their hundreds of thousands line the streets to listen to the Dalai Lama give his teachings, and to catch a glimpse of his holiness on his departure.
Lining the streets for a glimpse of the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.
Two Monks - The dust mask is a precaution against airborne disease - ironic as india is so populous it would only help if you wore it every day of your life. I wonder if it would really prevent or excentuate the problem?
Tea Break in between speaches by the Dalai Lama is marked by the animated movement of hundreds of monks, all carrying two teapots filled with yak-butter tea, which is offered freely to all with the means to drink it (a cup).
Wheels reciting mantras of Buddhism - Pilgrims nostalgicly spin the prayer-wheels in a clockwise motion, which are filled with a roll hundreds of meters long of printed prayers and mantras.
Koras around religiously significant icons in Tibet lead you up and into the mountains, taking hours, even days (the Kora of Mt. Kailash takes up to 11days!).
Tibetans like nothing more than a nice, hot cup of Yak butter tea. In order to get the water boiling Tibetans have done the green thing and harnessed the suns rays.
Refer to Solar Kettle - The majority of Tibet sits at heights in excess of 4300m, the capital; Lhasa is at a staggering 4900m! Trees dont like to grow at this altitude owing to thin soil profiles and dry, thin atmsopheric conditions - deforestation is a major problem in Tibet, accentuated after the 'cultural revolution' by China. Tibetans still use Yak dung as fuel, patting it into flat cakes and leaving it out to dry with meticulous precision - whole houses are coated in wonderful geometric patterns: check out the little hand-prints!
Typical Tibetan-style house - Flat-roofed, for storing fuel, mud walls several feet thick to insulate against the cold and a porch!
Indian daughter of a befriended priest - This girl was quietly confident and captivated by either me or my camera - all of her sisters and brothers were doing what normal children do, while she just sat, drank chai and looked straight through me.
Mr Baksheesh money. This fella had a great personality. In India, some people choose begging as a full-time job - giving alms is as auspicious as praying in a temple and it brings you closer to whoever you worship. This guy has lived in Dharamasala, the home of the exiled Tibetan government, and a big red dot on the map for tourists wanting to learn about Tibetan Buddhism, culture or simply just to shop and get away from the heat and bustle of rural India.
This is what 7000 free-range chickens look like
A Chickens wobbly bits.
Wonder how you get the eggs out without breaking them? Well the chickens are trained to lay their eggs - by choice, onto a conveyor belt, those clever chickens! Every morning the sun would shine though the barn at an oblique angle and bounce shadows -
Chicken wire - See Silkstead Farm
One Legged Man. - The bank of the Ganga, Varanasi, India.
Candles 4 memories.. Tealights in The Notre Dame, Paris
These clouds appeared just after sunset while in W.Nepal at the foot of the
Plastic netting, with drops of frozen dew
Lights over street, Camden
Low-Tide, Tioman Island, Malaysia
Sheep and Barbed wire fences
Flock of Mini Eiffels
Thar Desert - Angora sheep
Cafe doorway in Paris - everything french
Cliffs of Dover, S. England
Fawley Refineries - this amazing cloud formation consumed the sky within a few minutes
Vista from the Ghats, accross the banks of the Gangees
Vista from the top of the Arc De Triumphe, Paris
Carlsbad power station - CA
Dog - Doing Lunch.
Billboard - Indian-style - This cut-out is over 100ft tall, and supported by bamboo!
Vespas parked outside a cinema in Bombay.
This billboard was about 30ft long - includes another necessary component of Bollywood: Exotic, domineering women, who love to sing and dance!!
Heros and Villans - Bollywood movies are typified by their cliches
Urban Bollywood 2
Thar Desert, India - By Christina
San Diego Stadium
San Diego Stadium 2
San Diego Staduim 3
San Diego Stadium 4
Rooftop sillouette - Paris
Sunset over Glebe - @ Broadway, Sydney.
North Central Sri Lanka - Silliguri, the harem rock.
Cups n grafitti
Inner Kora - Kalachakra.
Monks - Queueing patiently to enter the secure compound to listen to the Dalai Lamas teachings.
Candle - Edit
Inner Kora - Prostating
Inner Kora - Prostating
Mirissa Sunset - Sri Lanka; Arabian sea.
Ocean-bound: Traffic from Singapore to the West
Bombay Train station - English Raj-style architecture.
Rajput - Exhale
Cementworks - Glebe
Grain Silo near Kaikoura.
Harbour Bridge - Sydney
Alexandria Landfill site
Monk Police - Nepalese Gurkhas are employed by the Indian government to assist in keeping the peace during the Kalachakra - Crowd control without violence.
Varanasi, India. A Barge loaded with wood arrives in Varanasi, bound for the cremation Ghat. Over 300bodies daily are burned and ashes dispersed into the Gangees in ritual in Indias most Holy Hindu city: The city of Shiva. To be cremated in Varanasi guarantees ones escape from reincarnation and into the next life.
First pulse of the Monsoon, the Terai, Nepal
Kalachakra - Tea-break
Kalachakra - Tea break, monk-style
Bombay Train station 2
Haridwar - Streetscene
Tea Kitchen @ the Kalachakra
Kolcutta Musician - Haridwar, India
Indian Girl - Leading the procession during a festival of Ganesh - the god of luck/wealth
Mobile Monk - Lhasa
Haridwar - Bathing ghats on the banks of the river Gangees. Haridwar is auspicious as it marks the point where the Gangees flows from the foot of the Himalayas onto the plains of India
Trivandinandipuram Railyards - S.India
Teastall - Kollam Station, S.India
KANNIYAKUMARI - The southern tip of India. This station is the origin of Indias longest railway connection, that leads up the western ghats through bombay and up to Jammu, Nr Kashmir - Which takes 4days!
Dance India -
The Jorkhang - Lhasa - The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism
Sadhu - Indian Holyman
My First Black and white Print!
Taken at the Indo-Pak border @ the Wagah border crossing
Lhasa, The Magnificent Potala
The Scorpion Lakes
Gyantse Kumbum - The tallest Chorten in Tibet
TAG - Erskinville, Sydney.
Monks in line
Tibetan Children - In the shadow of Cho Oyu.. Trekking in from Tingri to Qomolongma.
St Peters - The Stacks.
Winter Sunset - The New Forest, England
Heading on over the pass.. The Ganden to Samye trek takes 3 days over approx 55km and to heights of 5200m. This pass was at a staggering 5100m. Up ahead you can see our two Yaks and yakman, who was wearing a suit and cowboy hat, not your usual alpine attire.
Low-tide @ Gilli Trawangan
4 BIRDS - Ravens waiting for scraps at a local fishmarket, Cochin SW India.
Yak butter tea engineer - Calm before the storm, all this tea was served up in about 30mins.
Yak Butter tea engineers 2
Monks with kettles brimming with hot yak butter tea get ready to face the crowds during the Dalai Lamas 11am intermission
Filling the teapots -
Monks at the ready - Given the call to run into the secure compound and start pouring tea!
Volunteers/First Aiders - Kalachakra Initiation
Monks on-the-run - Heading back for a refill of tea to disperse to the crowds
Monks on the run - Getting in close.
TAG3 - Enmore Silos
MAHARAJA MAC - Maccers go international: As well as offering beer in France, The Aussie Burger in Australia, the Kiwi Burger in New Zealand, Chicken and Rice in Indonesia, The Maharani burger in Malaysia and the Maharaja Burger in India.
Water Vessel Seller - Selling containers to collect water from the River Gangees - Indias Holiest river
Pushkar Bridge before sunrise
Chai Kettle - Winter, Rajisthan. A good place to be in January is anywhere where Chai is sold and there is fire:
Windbreaker - Orange County
Tending to the cattle, Nepali-style
Jama Masjid - Delhi - Steps to the Eastern entrance
Roof of the Jama Masjid, Delhi.
Sydney Opera House - Inside: Formwork on the Concert hall shell
Sydney Opera House - Inside: Detail of formwork - The backbone of this building is as impressive as its skin
Sydney Opera House - Inside.
View of the bridge from the windows at the front of the Opera House
Opera House steps
OPERA HOUSE SHELLS
THE BRIDGE, LOOKING OUT THROUGH THE OPERA HOUSE WINDOWS IN CONCERT HALL SHELL
PARASOLS OUTSIDE SOH
CONCERT THEATRE BAY WINDOWS
Bondi Breakers Swimming Club - S.Bondi
Bondi Beach: serene
Chrissy behind a fishtank full of baby Nemos, The weekend markets, Bangkok
Kid - Winter in NW India
1. baby throwback
4. baby redrum
2. climbs before walks
6. climbing again.
3. pokies baby
MANALI - PSED INTO B+W
Winter in Pushkar - It was so cold even the cows were invited to enjoy a little comfort by the fire!
Parasols - In B+W with a little PS
Star Of India - Sails
Aircon Units in what appears to be a deserted office-block; Marrickville Hospital
BABY HUNG OUT TO DRY
Baby Chaos - Feels the pressures of modern-day living and decides to hide
Tibetan from Kham province, now happily living in Dharamasala, India. This guy used to sit by the chai cafe I frequented, and was very proud when I asked to take his picture - Tibetans seem to love sunglasses.