The Mosuo tribe are a small (40,000) matriarchial tribe that live in the surrounding regions of the Lugu Hu in the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan – southwestern China. A striking feature of the Mosuo tradition is known as, ‘Zuo Hun’ or ‘walking marriages’, best described as the women being able to take lovers from male members of the tribe once they have been initiated at the age of 13. They may have as many or as few men as they like over a lifetime. Male companions known as ‘axias’ do jobs in the villages such as fishing and animal rearing and visit the womens’ bedrooms at night – often in secret. All kids are raised by the families of the women – there is no stigma attached to not knowing who the father is and all men that father children are referred to a ‘uncles’.
Theatre companies such as Fura Dels Baus, De La Guarda, Punch Drunk and Fuerza Bruta are known for blurring boundaries between audience and actor. The ability to immerse audiences in alternative worlds comes from experimenting with provocative acts, unusual narratives, complex stage craft, extreme physicality, emotionally driven images and rich sonic landscapes. The experience of performance is changed for both actor and audience member when real contact between the two are made. This sequence of images are taken during a show of Fuerza Bruta, The brainchild of Artistic Director Diqui James.
These photographic sketches were Inspired by the study of Neuroaesthetics and the work of Neuro-scientist Beatriz Calvo-Merino. Vanessa was asked to analyse and ‘perform’ various actions by skillfully imitating movements associated with various domains of sport. What becomes evident through the medium of still image is the transparency of training and intention. Not only was it evident that Vanessa’s physical training gave her an acute sense of body awareness and an ability to effectively translate the tasks, but that her ability to mimic ‘known’ yet intentionally-unfamiliar actions was incredibly accurate.
In the 19th century heyday of Chinese Opera (Wayang), groups played a prominent role to fulfil religious-communal functions and also provided entertainment before film and amusement parks grew in prominence. The tradition continues. Training is rigorous and takes 7 years for a child to train to performance standard. Quality is judged by vocal range, facial expression and skill of stage combat. Today, chinese street opera is a dying art form and groups perform mainly for love and in their belief that the spirits of the dead must be appeased.
These images were taken at the famous Sanam Muay Lumpini ( Lumpini Stadium), Bankok 1996 on my first film camera ( pentax K1000).
many thanks the gorgeous L and Daniel for making this challenging shoot happen
This collection is made from a selection of journeys. They include the building of the Beijing Olympic stadium in 2008, village kids in Zambia, head shaving for Thaipusam in Singapore, landscapes of Ladakh, the 2011 New York Marathon and a drive-in ice cream parlour in Vietnam 2012.
Thanks to Flora, Alvaro, Turco, Andres, Lauren, Hussein, Calvin, Dionne ( DJ kinky), Fatima, Matias, Angel, Billy Fung and to all those who escaped before i could ask them their names.
The rehearsal is a focused, creative and frustrating process that forms part of every performing artist’s career. It is usually a pressured time of unquantifiable value, where fresh ideas are seeded, realised, explored and new work is made. These images are taken for Sadlers Wells with choreographer Javier De Frutos rehearsing his controversial piece, ‘The Eternal Damnation of Sancho and Sanchez’ as part of the production, In The Spirit of Diaghilev, London 2009. Dancers : Paul Chantry, Rebecca Sutherland, Clemmie Sveaas, Josephine Darvill-Mills
Tsukiji (築地) is a district of Chūō, Tokyo, Japan, the site of the Tsukiji fish market. Literally meaning "reclaimed land," it lies near the Sumida River on land reclaimed from Tokyo Bay in the 18th century, during the Edo period.
Today it is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.
With it's bustling outer market, crammed with food stalls, sushi bars, knife shops and a myriad of other vendors selling everything from freshly ground coffee to square wooden sake cups - and it's famed inner market selling daily up to 700,000 metric tonnes of seafood every year - Tsukiji fish market is located minutes from one of the worlds most expensive shopping districts - Ginza.
Air-conditioned plazas selling Gucci handbags sidling next to bloody streams of fish water flooding nearby drains, is one of the many juxtaposition Tokyo has to offer. A city that lives with an ability to represent the human state of contradiction with high style and science fiction wonder.