For my next trip starting at Nov 02, 2009 I have started a new blog.
I will be traveling with colleague-photographer and friend Johannes Abeling. We've started a joint project where we will combine reportage, portrait, landscape and panorama photography with video and text.
Check it all out and keep following us at:
Hope to see you there
ps. In the future I will keep updating this blog during trips not related to the rivers project.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Click on the image for a Soundslide presentation.
Eleven year old Joaquin from the extremely poor area of Alto Peru in Lima has learned to surf on the nearby Pacific Ocean. Two local surfers have set up an organisation to teach poor children to surf. They say Joachin is a talented surfer and If he keeps training hard, this sport may be an escape from poverty for him.
They try to teach their students other values too, like respect for the environment and education. They try to offer them an alternative to hanging around in the streets, joining gangs and using and dealing drugs.
(Music: 3 Deseos, by: Masilva, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Masilva/53601506820)
Posted by photoaday at 17:58
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Vakaga state in the north east of the Central African Republic only has a few schools with stone buildings. Most students go to class in cane huts with thatch roofs. The French NGO Triangle is trying to build 20 new school buildings this year in the state. Problem is that in the rainy season that lasts from May to Oct. most roads in the area are impassable which will seriously hamper the construction efforts.
Posted by photoaday at 10:01
The catholic church of Birao still shows the signs of heavy fighting in 2006 when rebels took the town. The FACA, the national army quickly responded with the aid of the French army and retook control of the town. The French still have a base here, though now under the flag of the UN peace troops. On sunday morning many of the French soldiers come to mass here.
Posted by photoaday at 09:20
Friday, April 24, 2009
After a hair raising roller coaster flight trying to avoid a huge thunderstorm we ended up flying at an altitude of 200m, under the storm, following the Oubangui river back to the capital Bangui of the Central African Republic. So I didn't make it to Birao today. Hopefully tomorrow. I only took out my camera after we left the storm, so a peaceful view of a village from low altitude.
Posted by photoaday at 14:47
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Members of a self defense group in Paoua.
Due to the extreme shortage of police in the Central African Republic, neighborhoods organize their own security. These groups of young men patrol the streets; they settle disputes and prevent petty theft. Some groups outside Paoua are known to clash with rebels regularly.
Posted by photoaday at 23:21
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A group of children catch flying termites that leave their underground home at the start of the rainy season. They eat them directly, or collect them to be used in dinner. It's a precious source of protein in this extremely poor region of Africa.
Posted by photoaday at 12:05
A school building in Patcho in the Centre of the Central African Republic was used by rebels as a headquarters. Now that the rebels have got a firm grip over the area the population has returned, the school is used again. The students have to look at the graffiti, the rebels left, because there's no money to repaint the building.
Posted by photoaday at 11:54
Thursday, March 19, 2009
In the crater of the Ijen volcano in Eastern Java (Indonesia) approximately 300 men collect Sulphur that is deposited around a volcanic vent. The red liquid sulphur turns bright yellow when it hardens. the men chop off thick slices. They fill their baskets up to more than 80 kilos. They first have to climb 300m up from the crater floor before descending the mountain to the small factory nearby.
Posted by photoaday at 16:14
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
On a muddy field near the East German village Schoenfelde a dozen of tanks disturb the pastoral silence. A bunch of former East German army officers have set up a ‘tank driving school’. It started as a hobby, but by now, they are open around the year. For 136 Euros anyone can drive a tank through the mud. An ideal amusement park for men! Forty percent of the visitors are women though.
Posted by photoaday at 16:55
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
In 'Le Musée de Contrefaçon', (the museum of counterfeits) you can find an extensive collection of counterfeited goods that were seized by the French police and customs. The collection ranges from imitation Dior and Louis Vuitton bags and barbie dolls to copied rearview mirrors for Peugeots.
Posted by photoaday at 17:51