Sep
12
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Tiered reading room in the National Library of China in Beijing.

China’s Firewall and the Siku Quanshu

The National Library of China holds an artifact that represents what must be the most ambitious attempt to control information in history.

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Aug
30
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A neon box-canyon in Yanta district of Xi'an.

China’s frenemies

Beijing incorporates all of the contradictions of Chinese society.

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Aug
18
0
The tiny photo booth built into the wall of the Cliffside Plank path on the south peak of Mt Huashan.  Below is a thousand meter drop.

Mt Huashan, China

Huashan is a mountain located  about 120 kilometres east of Xi’an- China’s old capital.  It’s home to some very dicey walking tracks, a really spectacular set of cable cars, a tea house perched on a cliff face and a photo studio with some genuine occupational health and safety issues.

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Aug
12
0
Workers outside a department store in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Chengdu & the Chinese Dream

The entry point for my brief tour of China was the southern Province of Sichuan-famed for its incredibly spicy food and baffling theatrical performances.  I flew into the capital Chengdu at the start of October and explored the city between bouts of rain before venturing out into the nearby mountains.

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Dec
08
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Longtail boats at the shoreline of Tonsai bay.

Climbing in Ton Sai, Thailand

When I first decided to visit Ton Sai ten or so years ago I discovered getting there was a little tricky.

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Dec
03
2
Waves on the coastline near Gansbaai

Diving with sharks

On South Africa’s western cape we visited the coastal towns of Kalkbaai, Hermanus and Gaansbai.

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Dec
02
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Elephants at an artificial watering hole in Addo Elephant Park.  The Park is more than one and half thousand square kilometers and supports an elephant population in excess of 600 animals.

Africa’s Charismatic Megafauna

In South Africa, the saying goes, ‘wildlife must pay its way’. It’s not enough to be endangered you have to generate revenue to be conserved.

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Nov
27
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Ceres Mountains from the Fynbos Nature Reserve in South Africa.

Ceres Valley, South Africa

Another bleary-eyed morning spent rock-hopping in the pre-dawn light to get to a vantage point before sunrise.

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Nov
18
0
Clouds lifting up from the valley at sunrise in Lesotho.

Sani Pass, Lesotho

Sani Pass is a stretch of road on the border of South Africa and Lesotho. The stretch of road between the South African border post and the summit is one of the most treacherous roads I’ve ever come across.

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Nov
12
0
A hazy morning on the Drakensburg escarpment.

Drakensburg, SA

Between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth we spent a few days exploring the great Drakensburg Escarpment that cleaves its way way along the eastern cape and forms the border of South Africa and Lesotho.

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Nov
08
0
A view from Uçhisar castle.

Byzantine Bunkers

Across Europe and Russia you can find the remains of bunkers and air-raid shelters- a legacy of the Second World War and the Cold War that followed. In Cappadocia, in central Turkey, you can find much older and much more extensive underground shelters.

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Nov
04
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Frescoes on the ceiling of a cave church in Göreme, Cappadocia.

Iconoclasm & the Burger King

In the valleys of Cappadocia are hundreds of cave churches from the early years of Christianity.  
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Oct
31
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A panorama of the cliffs over Çavuşin in Cappadocia

The refugees of Çavuşin

On a cliff overlooking the small town of Cavusin a Turkish flag flies amidst the ruins of a village.

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Oct
20
0
Trebizond-noborder

Part 2: The fall of Trebizond

After the fall of Constantinople the two remaining Byzantine states- the Despotate of Morea and the Empire of Trebizond- came under renewed pressure.

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Oct
03
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Ottoman troops broke through Constantinople's Theodosian wall and sacked the city on the 29th of May 1453.  Illustration by Jose Daniel Cabrera Peña.

Part 1: The Fall of Constantinople

In the mountains around Trabzon you can find fragments of an empire that traces its origins back to ancient Rome.
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Sep
30
0
Golden Horn ferry

Istanbul

Photos of the streets and waterways around the old Turkish capital.

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Jun
02
0
Demonstrations and civil unrest in Turkey began on 28 May 2013 in response to government plans to remove Gezi Park in Istanbul.  The violent response by authorities to the initial protest prompted greater crowds in the following days.  It's estimated that three and a half million people took part in demonstrations in a number of cities across Turkey.

One protestor holds a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk- seen as the founder of modern Turkey and a much more secular ruler than the current President Recep Erdoğan.

Taksim Square Protests, Part II

The previous set of photos was taken on Istiklal avenue approaching Taksim Square.

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Jun
02
0
Protesters wearing makeshift masks and eye wear participating in anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul.

Taksim Square Protests

Photos I took of today’s anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul.

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May
13
0
Sprinklerstation at the Internationales Congress Centrum in Berlin. the ICC opened in 1979 and was designed by architects  Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte.

ICC Berlin

Some images of Berlin’s International Congress Centre designed by Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte in 1979.

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May
13
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Spreepark Cat

Spreepark, Berlin

A series of images of the abandoned East German ‘Spreepark’ taken in May this year.

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