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Swipe left. I’ve donated a few photographs to If Not Us Then Who, to support them to raise funds for indigenous communities struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Attached is an example of one of the images on sale, shot on assignment and published in Nat Geo. All prints are sold at an affordable price of $100 USD. Go to the link in bio to see works from other fine photographers supporting the cause. To quote a message I received describing how some of these communities have been grievously impacted, ”People are dying as we speak in these communities and need our support. I received images from Peru in the last few days of body bags of elders piled up due to this awful virus, very upsetting.” struggling to survive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Caption below. Posted @withregram@ifnotusthenwho 🌱 Prints For Communities 🌱 , one month print sale, raising funds to support and protect indigenous communities against the pandemic, Covid-19. . . Ly May Vy, from the Red Dao tribe prepares a traditional medicinal bath by boiling herbs. Sapa, Vietnam. Beautifully lit image by photographer Ian Teh. @iantehphotography . . Right now indigenous communities desperately require our support as they fight against the pandemic Covid-19, so please try to help if you’re able. This image is among many we have for sale, for one month only. All work priced at $100. Please follow “Prints For Communities” within the “Our Village” site, link in bio ✌🏼 .. . #printsforcommunities #indigenous #guardiansoftheforest #fundraiser #ifno

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Swipe left/ Back when I travelled across the world to document workers in the industrial coal pits of China, I would return to my home in East London to encounter a city caught up in a love affair with the Jazz Age. The contrast in experience was a palpable delight, a relief to the gritty reality I had just come back from. 'What the Butler Saw' was my escape into something frivolous and light-hearted, perhaps these images will bring you a momentary respite from our present troubled times. *** It's midnight as we arrive at Die Freche Muse, a neo-burlesque club night describing itself as 'irreverent, decadent, sexually ambivalent and dissolute'. The venue was kept secret until the day of the party. A young female clown greets us with a wink and a flower as we duck under the arches of a slightly run-down Victorian building. Stepping into the lounge is an intimate space with no more than a hundred guests, somehow we've pulled back a magical velvet curtain to reveal a scene of swinging skirt hems and wizard-puffs of smoke. Besuited, shiny-shoed characters — their attires influenced by pre-war, post-war and even Mardi Gras styles, the smell of old-school cigarettes and the sounds of softening Dixieland Jazz envelop us. A young woman in front of the crowd dedicates her next performance to the 'Baron Von Sanderson', our host for the evening, and softly croons a Billie Holiday number. Another woman sashays her way towards the singer and begins a sensual striptease, it doesn't feel choreographed more like an act of spontaneity. And so commences the soiree of romantic, sensuous and on occasion, rather amusing burlesque shows. *** As dusk settles, our ride draws up at a mansion nestled in the English countryside. Set on a huge estate in Buckinghamshire, the Stoke Place Hotel was built for an aristocratic family in 1690, but tonight it is the setting for a debauched country house styled party. Within its walls and behind its hidden doors lie a panoply of diversions and a plethora of delights — we wander room to room, from pillow fight to ballroom dance, from seance to striptease lost in this intimate world of nostalgia and decadence. #lostinlove #londonist #precovid19

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That Time | It doesn’t seem that long ago I was in Saint-Malo watching these children take exuberant flying leaps off a diving platform into the sea - their bodies striking dynamic poses while momentarily suspended, then hurtling through the air and into the cold water. Splish! Splash! It was another world and another time when crowds weren't considered a threat to one's health. And travelling didn't feel like a distant memory. How that has changed, at least for a little while longer. That summer as I toured this historic walled port on the northwestern coast of France — I can almost feel the sand between my feet and smell the salt in the air again.#halcyondays #precovid19 #summerdaze #documentaryphotography #stmalo #france

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My work TRACES : China’s New Deserts is in a virtual group show, Tales of Anthropocene, at Kolga Tbilisi Photo. This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. Other works showing include NASA’s #marscuriosity, Daniel & Geo Fuchs’ Nature & Destruction, Ian Van Coller’s Antarqtida - The Oldest Ice on Earth, and David Klammer’s Climate Action Against Cool. To view these go to my stories and swipe up, however it is best to view on a desktop browser. @pulitzercenter @kolgatbilisiphoto #anthropocene #china #deserts #landscapephotography #environment #virtualexhibition

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The Window | First, the hum of traffic from a nearby highway during the morning rush is replaced by the cheery tweets and chirps of birds. Over time they have gotten louder, perhaps a sign of growing avian courage as humanity recedes behind close doors. There are these long silences, punctuated by the occasional dog barking as a lone scooter drives up the hill for a delivery in the languid heat. In the late afternoon, rolling thunder marks the arrival of a tropical downpour as lightning momentarily illuminates the darkened sky and all below it. Thick sheets of pelting droplets blur houses in the distance -- a sight to behold. After the rain, the sweet scent of wet leaves drifts through the window, its lingering air cool against the skin. The aroma of spices permeates the air at dinner time, a distinct contrast to once busy days. Quiet before the lockdown was saturated with a thin veil of white mechanical noise, now it's distinguished by silence, made prominent by the slower register of the neighbourhood as nature begins to reassert herself outside our window. #kualalumpur #malaysia #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #lightning #rain #coronadiaries

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Since we are in lockdown, supermarket visits are a big event. Peter, the general manager tells me they have implemented precautions for both the staff and customers. Depending on their jobs, and the amount of close contact they have with customers, staff wear varying levels of PPE. At cashier checkouts, they wear a combination of masks, face shields and gloves while public hand sanitisers are also placed there strategically. Meanwhile, at the entrance young Masud Rana from Bangladesh diligently sanitises the handles of trolleys before handing them on to customers. The handles have been cleaned previously, this second sweep is merely an added assurance for newly arriving customers. I'm grateful to these essential workers who make sure the shelves are stocked well with fresh produce daily and who serve us with a smile. They are locals as well as those who come from distant countries for better job opportunities. Today they are among the many unsung heroes ensuring a nation in isolation still thrives despite the pandemic. #kualalumpur #malaysia #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #essentialworkers

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Once busy roads are now mostly deserted, courier bikes and taxis are often the only vehicles to be seen in my neighbourhood. After 4 weeks of government-enforced national isolation, the state announced a further extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to the end of April. Food, medication, essential services and emergencies are the only reasons allowed for travel, to be done solo at the nearest possible location within a 10 km (6.2 miles) radius from home. Police roadblocks with fines of up to 2500 USD for the violation of MCO rules ensure compliance. The company my wife worked for felt it necessary to send her to work recently, but in truth, whether she made it out of her neighbourhood or not depended on the policeman deciding after reading the company letter that explained the urgency. On this occasion, he let the taxi drive through onto the highway leading to the city centre. He bid her to be quick and to stay safe. #kualalumpur #malaysia #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #instaroads #natgeo @natgeo

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It's the third week of our national lockdown and we haven't left our apartment for several days. “Two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl,” the lyrics from Pink Floyd’s song, Wish You Were Here, keep playing in my head as I look out the window. At certain times in the day, I’d climb on a bench to gain a better view of the world from the glass panes of my living room on the 9th-floor. The waft of fragrant sweetness lingers in the air from nearby trees after a recent tropical downpour. Kuala Lumpur where I am based is hyper-urbanised yet also endowed with lush-verdant nature. As a keen rock climber, I spend most weekends under a forest canopy climbing with friends on limestone cliffs only 30 minutes away from home. Right now, I miss it dearly. As the world faces down the COVID-19 pandemic, a health and economic crisis of global proportions, I can't help but feel this is nature's way of hitting the reset button to humanity's man-made-mess. #kualalumpur #malaysia #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #nature #natgeo @natgeo

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This just published in Nat Geo as part of a larger story on families during the pandemic, “What do families look like when they share too small a space—or can’t share any space at all? National Geographic and Magnum Photos photographers bring you a global look at how coronavirus is affecting the worlds they see inside—and just outside—their windows.” Link embedded in Stories, swipe up to read. #family #covid19 #malaysia #kualalumpur #coronavirus #love #roomwithaview #natgeo @natgeo

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Family is family -- it's where home is. Mine is at home with my partner. The rest of my family are spread across the globe like fairy dust. My professional life often involves being away, so ideas of home, family and belonging can oftentimes feel fluid. But it resides in those deep connections where love, acceptance and support coalesce. My partner and I are lucky that both our families are safe, the pandemic has been an opportunity for us to connect with our loved ones, virtually. We are sitting by our favourite spot in our apartment, looking out to nearby houses and greenery. We are especially grateful because our last place was hemmed in by skyscrapers and a noisy construction site. It's peaceful. #kualalumpur #malaysia #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic

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It is approximately 7 pm on Friday, 20 March 2020. A train leaves Pusat Bandar Damansara Station during the rush-hour period, the highways below are empty when it would normally be jammed until after 8 pm on a Friday. The Malaysian government has imposed the Movement Control Order nationwide to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are only allowed to go out to purchase food or medicine, an occasion I used to take this picture. It’s a grave reminder of what we face in Malaysia and around the globe. I’m lucky that I can share this time with my partner at home and that our respective families are safe. This is the one time where the most useful way of helping others is to stay at home. Stay safe all. #kualalumpur #malaysia #covid19

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Day 2 / 18 March 2020: I hardly ever cook, it’s easier and often cheaper to go out. But since we are in a corona lockdown as of yesterday, there’s all this time to cook the occasional meal for my better half. Stay safe everyone. #coronavirus #covid19 #malaysia #kualalumpur #yummyfood #socialdistancing

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7.20AM, 17 March 2020: Birds tweet and chirp cheerily outside my window. Seems like any normal day except as of tomorrow the Malaysian government has imposed a 14-day Movement Control Order nationwide to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection. Stay safe everyone. #coronavirus #covid19 #malaysia #kualalumpur

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Changi Airport. Quiet as. #singapore #changi

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Singapore. Here to work with @objectifscentre for the Objectifs Documentary Award and catching up with various friends. Lots of hand sanitising and elbow bumps😏 #cityscape #singapore

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Just updated an extended edit of the spice story, Black Cardamom, set in the Hoang Lien National Park on the northern border of Vietnam next to China for Nat Geo on my website. The park is home to forests of black cardamom, thao qua, an essential ingredient in traditional pho and other Vietnamese dishes. The spice was first planted in the Hoang Lien Mountains in the 1990s as a replacement for opium, a banned crop that once helped prop up Indochina’s colonial economy. The national park, meanwhile, is a symbol of postwar Vietnam’s efforts to protect plant biodiversity. Hence this conundrum: How could a forest be a haven for conservation and cash-crop agriculture at the same time? Link in bio www.ianteh.com #hoanglienson #vietnam #blackcardamom #spicetrail #photostory #natgeo #documentaryphotography

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A while back, I took this picture of a couple in a bar overlooking the island of Hong Kong after I finished a job and had some time to myself. It was such a fantastic location with a spectacular view, high up overlooking the island and the seas below it. I got into pictures because I came across images that took me elsewhere, evocative scenes that made me imagine a life infinitely more engaging than where I was that moment. Then as a photographer, I spent much of my time trying to find those moments. Sometimes I got lucky, but the reality was probably far more ordinary than the mood the photograph evoked. The photograph had its own life. What was framed became another world I now longed to enter, separate from the reality I had observed. Perhaps even as I saw it, I could never really experience it, I was always just the observer. The image then becomes a memento for what I longed to experience, a surface to project my reveries. #hongkong #noir #cityscape #lostinlovemagazine #lovers #love

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