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{ Category Archives } social projects

Arts and media based social projects in various parts of the world.

ten years

Between the end of 2001 and the beginning of 2005 I lived and worked in São Paulo and so coming back to Brazil is a homecoming of sorts for me. I have a real history here – there are people and places that I know and that know me. São Paulo is one of the […]

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the other hundred

I mentioned already that some photos I took at Maya Pedal were recently selected for publication in a book focusing on the extraordinary lives of ordinary people across the globe. If you are interested the selection of photos can be seen at The Other Hundred website along with all the other winning photos. There will […]


the other hundred

I guess I’m boasting but I just wanted to mention that a couple of my photos were accepted for publication in a photographic book called The Other Hundred. The project is posited as a counter-point to the mainstream media obsession with rich lists – the Forbes 100 and all that stuff – and aims to […]


another italian mission

PERÚ: ENCAÑADA — CAJAMARCA Taking pictures is easy but sometimes I run out of words to tell the stories. In Encañada, I ask at the parish if there is anywhere I can put up my tent for the night. The place is beautiful with the amazing intricate carved woodwork that seems to indicate the presence […]

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I am lured to Salinas by the promise of chocolate but what I discover there is far sweeter. I arrive, damp and extremely hungry, at the awkward hour of 6.45AM, after an uncomfortable night spent in a unprepossessing roadside campsite. Ecuadorans are not early risers and so nothing at all is open in the village […]

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I drop out of the clouds into Murillo, a tiny, charming town that sits at almost 3000 metres in the shadow of Los Nevados. A hiker I met on the road told me that there is a place – called Casa Murillo – in Murillo that offers accommodation free of charge. It seems like such […]

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dog day

There are a lot of dogs in Santa Catalina. Rowdy canine congregations hang about on the beach digging up crabs, playing, fighting and, very often, breeding. Even the dogs with owners are an independent lot that spend a much of their time doing their own thing. Most people don’t feed their dogs anything other than […]

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maya pedal

Maya Pedal is an organisation in a small, unremarkable town, near Antigua, in Guatemala which does up old bicycles, donated by richer countries, and sells them a relatively affordable prices to locals. The organisation also designs and builds innovative pedal powered machines that perform all manner of useful functions from grinding corn to making smoothies. […]

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bio itza

I am really impressed with what I have seen of Bio Itza’s work at the jungle reserve and in the community and so I spend the last week at San Jose doing what I can to help update and improve some of their promotional materials.


bioitza jungle reserve

I enrolled at Bio Itza on the basis of zero research but at the end of my first week in San Jose I am totally won over, not only by the quality of the teaching, but by the evident benefits of the project to the community and decide to stay on for a second week. […]

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