This is a good question, in light of the rapid development of mirrorless cameras and the incredible advancements in technology that have given rise to cameras like the Sony A7R, A7R II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and others in recent times. Amazing technical performance is becoming less and less expensive, with cameras like the Ricoh […]
Photos are digital snaps of silver prints from the series ‘Russians and Royals, Afghanistan‘. You can read a little background on the project here. I had been shooting at the Russian Cultural Centre for several years before I took this photograph and it was the product of a happy accident, as so many images are. […]
Back in 2009 (I think!), I had a new 21mm CV lens to try out on my Leica MP. Up to that point, I had nothing wider than 28mm and had often felt the need for something a little more expansive, so bought the tiny 21mm M-mount lens.
The boy driving the bus is Latifullah, or ‘latif’ for short. He was one of a gaggle of children whose families lived beneath the King’s Palace in Darulaman. Some had returned from Pakistan, after seeking refuge during the civil war and Taliban era. Others had resettled from other parts of Afghanistan, sometimes resulting in tribal […]
At the very beginning of shooting Russians and Royals, the area surrounding the royal palace was largely deserted (aside from one mentally troubled gentleman living in a tent within the perimeter). Young boys would play football and cricket on what used to be parade grounds and gardens, drawn from predominantly Hazara and Pashtun communities half […]
A friend recently asked if I could take some photographs of a small Kabul orphanage, which looks after disabled children. They needed a few recent images. I was very happy to do so and seeing as I have only the the A7 and A7R here in Afghanistan at the moment (oh, and the Panasonic GM-1), […]
The Russian Cultural Centre possessed an incredible aura, by virtue of its brutal history (it was used as a strong point during the civil war) and due to the many ‘podari’ (addicts) that took up residence in the bombed-out structure. Just glancing at the forbidding structure, characterised by shell-shattered concrete and bullet-riddled perimeter fencing would […]
This image is part of the Russians and Royals documentary photography series. As was so often the case, I arrived at the Darulaman (or ‘King’s) Palace without an agenda. I would enjoy strolling around the grounds watching the youngest children play, while the older boys practiced their cricket, or football. It was a location that changed substantially […]