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Jun 3, 2014

Spread in Guidebook

After spending a (short) week exploring northern Vancouver Island, I was enchanted. Not only did we manage to catch these places pre-season - and avoid both the high season costs and crowds - but we also enjoyed uncharacteristically stellar weather that the West Coast is simply not famous for. And less so in the spring. 

From eating hunter-sized breakfasts at Cluxewe campgrounds and embarking a "hunt" of our own to try and find orcas, to engaging with Alert Bay's electic community and rich First Nations history and getting our feet wet at Little Huson Caves, we got to experience some of the best that BC has to offer.   

Here's a little spread of my snaps in last month's Guidebook

Aug 27, 2013

Interview with Nomi Network

Earlier this month, I was put in touch with Nomi Network, an NYC-based organization whose mission is to "create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking by equipping them with skills to produce goods for the global market place".

Nomi Network has been running an Artist Abolitionist blog series for the past few months and I was honored to be featured it in this week. Take a peek - and when you're done, roll back through the summer archives to read about other artist abolitionists! 

Categories Journalism Tags human rights artist abolitionist economy women's rights human trafficking organization blog feature interview

Aug 6, 2013

The Orange Scroll

The Orange Scroll

It's almost been a year since my return from Dharamsala, India, where I was working closely with the Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan exiled community; but it wasn't all work and no play. Over the course of my three-month stay, I did manage to travel to various states in the north of the country and was priviledged to discover and report on India as I never imagined it to be. 

From the iconic to the idyllic to the isolated, India's north is stunning - and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share some of the images that I captured while there.     

May 9, 2013

Buenos Aires: after the city tour

Home to 2.9 million "Porteños" (residents of Buenos Aires) and centered around a busy port, Argentina's federal capital can be overwhelming, even for the seasoned city-goer. But not far from the main hub, lie relaxing beaches, less-frequented wine bars, and a host of activities for the adrenaline-seeker and antique-buyer alike. So after your city tour, be sure to buy a Subte travel card - and be bothered to explore.

Con aproximadamente 2.9 habitantes en el capital y centrado por un puerto grande, parece que Buenos Aires nunca para. Pero cerca del centro de comercio, hay playas tranquilas, bodegas poco frequentados, y un montón de actividades para las que buscan deporte extremo hasta las que buscan antigüedades. Entonces, después de pasar por todos los sitios culturales adentro de la capital, compre una tarjeta Subte - y explore.

N.B. This is a going-that-extra-mile submission for the second stage of Tourism Australia's "Best Job in the World" competition for the position of Lifestyle Photographer with Time Out Melbourne. Out of 600 000 entries from all over the world, this video ( was selected as one of the top 25 in its category.

Categories Andando en Argentina

May 3, 2013

World Press Freedom Day & the fallen

It's World Press Freedom Day and the United Nations has teamed up with designer, Ben Stanford, to create this impressive infographic:

Crime & Unpunishment: Why journalists fear for their safety

I was suprised to see that 95 per cent of victims are local media workers covering local stories. Why? Because these are not the deaths that local news outlets seem to dwell on, nevermind international ones.

I've worked in four out of the five regions as they're marked out here, barring the Arab States, and wanted to honor one local journalist from each of those regions today by remembering the circumstances of their death.


Ikechukwu Udendu

KILLED: January 12, 2013, in Anambra state, Nigeria

"Unidentified gunmen killed Udendu, editor of Anambra News, a monthly newspaper in southeastern Anambra state, while he was returning home at night from a commercial printing press in the city of Onitsha, news reports said.

"The journalist had gone to the printing company to see if the paper was ready for distribution, the reports said. Chukwulozie Udendu, publisher of Anambra News and Udendu's brother, told local journalists that he had received an anonymous phone call on Saturday night in which he was told to retrieve the journalist's body from in front of a local restaurant, news reports said.

"Udendu had been shot in the hand and chest. Emeka Odogwu, a reporter for the local paper The Nation, told CPJ that Anambra News covered general news stories, including politics, human rights, metropolitan life, and corruption. It is unclear if Udendu had covered any sensitive stories before his death." (CPJ


Rajesh Mishra

KILLED: March 1, 2012, in Rewa, India

"Two assailants hit Mishra on the head with an iron rod while he was at a public tea stall in Rewa town in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, according to local news reports. The journalist died at a local hospital, the reports said. 

"Mishra, a journalist for the local Hindi-language weekly Media Raj, had written articles on alleged financial irregularities in local schools, according to the news reports.The reports cited the journalist's family members as saying that he had been threatened during the week leading up to the attack.

"Police arrested at least four men for carrying out the murder, including Rajneesh Banerjee, who owned the schools Mishra was covering and a rival Hindi-language weekly, Vindhya BharatVindhya Bharat Editor Anil Tripathi and two other employees were also arrested.

"Rewa Superintendent of Police Umesh Joga told the New Delhi-based media watchdog website The Hoot that Banerjee and his associates had retaliated against Mishra in connection with his reports. Vindhya Bharat and Media Raj each had a circulation of about 500 copies, The Hoot reported." (CPJ)  


Adams Ledesma Valenzuela

KILLED: September 4, 2010, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Ledesma, 41, a Bolivian-born reporter for the community weekly Mundo Villa and director of local TV station Mundo Villa, was stabbed by unidentified assailants near his home in the shantytown Villa 31 in northern Buenos Aires, local and international press reported. Ledesma wrote mostly about neighborhood problems, such as unsanitary conditions and damaged roads, in Villa 31, Mundo Villa Editor Joaquín Ramos told CPJ.

"The journalist's wife, Ruth Marlene Torrico, told CPJ that a woman had approached her at the murder scene and warned that something similar might happen to her and her six children if they didn't leave the neighborhood. Two women approached her sister the following day and made similar threats, she said. Torrico filed a complaint with the federal police, and authorities assigned agents to patrol near the family's home. Argentine authorities did not immediately identify suspects or disclose possible motives." (CPJ)


Tara Singh Hayer

KILLED: November 18, 1998, in Vancouver, Canada

"Hayer, publisher of Indo-Canadian Times, Canada's largest and oldest Punjabi weekly, was shot dead in the garage of his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. An outspoken critic of Sikh fundamentalist violence both in Canada and India, Hayer had been partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair after an assassination attempt in 1988.

"Police have linked the man convicted in that attack to the International Sikh Youth Federation and Babbar Khalsa, two militant international organizations working for an independent Sikh homeland in India. CPJ urged Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien to ensure that Hayerís murder is aggressively investigated and wrote to Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee asking him to cooperate fully with the investigation." (CPJ)

Interestingly, a quick Google search for pieces of work by these journalists - in particular, those who would have experienced and engaged in the digital age as we know it - drums up little more than news about their death; and, just like that, the work that they did is lost somewhere in the seemingly infinite Google archive of their life.

But for those who were familiar with their work, today is a day to remember just how valuable it was. 

Categories Journalism