Private photography tour to Rajasthan in April

Last night I launched a new venture that will take place this April (fingers crossed).  When I was in Rajasthan in August, I fell in love with the place.  Not only for the experience itself but for the sheer breadth of photographic opportunities.  What I really enjoyed was the way the camera allowed you to interact with the people.  I remember one gentleman on a push bike, with his young son sitting on the front.  He stopped and indicated for me to take a photo of his son.  The father was so, so proud and it shone through every fibre in his body.  Those little moments that you never get in the west were priceless.  Because of this I decided that it would be a great experience to create a private tour for no more than 6 like minded people for 2 weeks to travel through Rajasthan and then on to Varanasi. 

Over the last few weeks I have built a website from scratch and last night I launched it.  You can see what I am doing here.

In conjunction with my friend Jeroen in NZ, we created this logo, which is also pretty cool.

Have a look and please share this with anyone who really enjoys photography and would like to share the experience.


Get tested – I dare you!!

Been a very interesting week.  First was the TV program about Pinnacle Point and then the day after I read an article about the Genographic Project.

The Genographic Project is attempting to document the long migratory history of our early ancestors.  To date they have gathered 55,000 (from a target of 100,000) DNA samples from indigenous people as well as 360,000 samples from people who have purchased testing kits. 

What this study has also reinforced is that ‘Race’, in terms of deep seated biological differences, doesn’t exist scientifically.

At the genetic level, every person on earth is 99.9% identical.  This low level of genetic diversity, compared to other species of primates, is linked back to the population bottle neck described in my previous post.

So, what are you waiting for.  Get your testing kit here and possibly get the surprise or your life.  You can read about some peoples discoveries here.

Motorcycle weekend

Last weekend was the final weekend for this year in Holland where we had a public holiday extending it to a full 3 days.  The weather forecast predicted dry weather and lots of sun. 

So on Saturday morning I jumped on my bike (Kawasaki ZZR-1100) and headed down to Koblenz in Germany, down the Rhine, across rural Germany to Mosel ending up in Cochem late afternoon.  The idea was to stay there for the night and to ride another route in Germany, but I felt that this area of Germany was actually quite boring.  So I had dinner and then rode to Lille in France getting their about 10pm.  So on Saturday I rode 950 kms.  Next day decide to have lunch in Tourney in Belgium.  First time I have ever been there and it is a really nice little town with a great central square and restaurant terraces.  In the middle of the afternoon I rode back to Amsterdam.  Monday, up again and rode up into Friesland to see some friends and stayed for an enjoyable lunch.  Rode back home via the west.

Total distance over the 3 days was just on 1,300kms.  Not bad.

Queens Day – Netherlands


What can I say that the photos don’t already show.  Interesting day 🙂

This weekend in Paris

Tomorrow I catch the high speed train from Amsterdam to Paris with my eldest daughter.  She has never been there before and is super excited.  Karine and I bought her a nice SLR camera for her birthday as she has started a photography course.  So the object is to walk around as much of Paris as we can, photographing the obvious like the Eiffel Tour, but also architecture, street life, art and design.  The weather forecast is not encouraging but at least it will be warm.