In June this year, 2013, Jaisalmer was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, a great tribute to this surviving mediaeval fortified city, its palaces and havelis finely carved in yellow sandstone, the colour of the Thar desert. For centuries Jaisalmer, built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD, was an oasis on the inter-continental trade route linking India with Central Asia, Persia, Egypt, Africa and beyond. In 1974 Indira Gandhi visited the city and declared it a protected site but despite that Jaisalmer was neglected and allowed to degrade without a conservation management plan and the necessary enforcement of laws and norms to ensure its protection within the parameters of it being a living city and therefore, a living ‘monument’. Read More The Golden Fortress of Jaisalmer
Here is a collection of some photographs taken around The Serai, Jaisalmer. The landscape, the skies, each element has a depth of it’s own. Read More The Thar
When I heard the brief about creating a short promotional video for The Serai I instantly had a picture in my mind of the opening shot. A distant, wide angle shot, of a camel walking through the sand dunes in the golden light. I thought that orchestrating this would be as hard as getting a tiger to walk in front of the car…how wrong I was! Read More How do you Photograph a Camel in the Desert?
The other day someone asked me what my favourite Disney movie was. I was torn between the Lion King and Aladdin. The Lion King is so familiar to me, filling me with a warm homely feeling. I can relate to everything and feel so proud of how my continent, Africa, is portrayed. On the other hand Aladdin appeals to me for exactly the opposite reason… it is so completely foreign. Transported, momentarily, out of one’s comfort zone and into an entirely new life. Read More A Whole New World…
I never dreamt of going to India, in fact it was so far off my radar that I had absolutely no prior conceptions or expectations. It did not even feature on my creased and coffee stained map of the world, which forever lies sprawled out on my bedroom floor. In my dreams I had journeyed to far off lands, conversing in tongues that have yet to be jotted down in pen. I had battled the rough seas and traipsed deep gorges. I was an explorer. Read More On Assignment in India