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SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Photography is heart and soul work - work that nourishes a deep aspect within (me, at least): it feeds a deeper yearning. It is the ephemeral present moment, distilled, stored, for just a little bit longer (before hard-drives melt or film fades) - it ... Read more >
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Motivations & Seredipity

PERU | Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | Views [340]

I was sat in a blue bus on it's way north to a desert town by the sea, several months deep on a journey through Peru. Playing on a dinky TV was a Jackie Chan movie with Spanish subtitles. The chairs were covered in poly-corduroy and smelled ever ... Read more >

Tags: emotion, journey, life changing experience, love, peru, rebirth, trek, vagabond

Photos: My Scholarship entry - Pure Peru

PERU | Friday, 11 Jan 2013 | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

As an artist, my passion is to create honest, evocative work, free of pretense. The same desire motivates my photography: reflect the world & it's emotional impact on me as honestly as possible. To MOVE people, something very hard in a generation so anesthetized ... Read more >
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About loverock

The inscription below this crucifix implores the passerby to venerate this ancient symbol. What is going on in the life of the man who walks by it? Is the book in his hand a bible or a journal? Is he a believer in God? Where is he going, and why does he wear that expression of contentment? What songs play in his ears as he walks the streets of the city? Is it his, or is he one of the many who come to Lima seeking fortune? Despite widespread poverty, pollution and social inequality, the city continues to attract many from the countryside seeking a better life, another passerby in this sprawling metropolis. Another bookcover to a story I'll only have read a line of.

Catholicism, brought by the Spanish Conquistadors, left a deep mark on Peruvian society. The city center of Lima, home to almost a 3rd of Peru's 30 million inhabitants, radiates outwards from the Plaza De Armas, the central square from which all points in Peru are measured. Catholicism played a major role in Peruvian culture and society since conquest and  in some respects it's introduction wiped clean thousands of years of knowledge and belief, leading to the death and persecution of many, and as a justification for the Spanish conquest (

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