Views 7 October 2017


Water is the very foundation of life on Earth; the life source for all that exists and thrives on Planet Earth and yet we treat Her with such disdain: our oceans and waterways are polluted to almost toxic levels. Whether intentionally or accidentally, these life-sustaining veins of our natural environment are becoming progressively contaminated and clogged by pollutants. We are killing our home, and we continue to do so knowingly.

I am on my hands and knees inching closer. My hands are chilled in the early hours of a Japanese winter morning. Dew drops glisten in the first rays of light. Numbed by the cold, insects wait for the onset of evaporation. A robber fly. A blade of grass. A flower. If I can just get close enough… and with adequate magnification I can look through their adorned droplets as lenses onto another world, our refracted world. Refraction offers a unique view of a world so very few people ever witness, or even know exists.

Imbibed in liquidity, we are free. We can challenge the power it yields but never do battle with it; so futile are we in it’s midst to even consider the challenge would be comical. In vain, with machines and explosives, we try to stamp our authority on it, to channel and control the forces. We change the course of its rivers, create islands, alter coastlines… is anything we do to it ever really of any consequence?

At the end of the day, Nature will be around long after we are gone. In what state we will leave it in is anyone’s guess. One consolation is that our oceans once again will then become clean.

  • Seaweed farmers wait for low tide on the island of Bali before they can access the water to tend their crops. Seaweed Farmers, Serangan Island, Bali, Indonesia
  • The Morning Toll: The wooden canoe of a seaweed farmer on the island of Nusa Lembongan half filled with his crop. Traditional Canoe with Seaweed Load, Nusa Lembongan Island, Bali, Indonesia.
  • A Seaweed farm on the island of Nusa Penida, Bali in the distance, Indonesia
  • Reflected in the calm of Lake Shoji, Japan's famous Mount Fuji is bathed on the hues of a Summer sunset. Sunset over Mount Fuji seen from Lake Shoji, Japan.
  • A Hindu Temple set in the warm shallows of the Indian Ocean, Bali's holy mountain, Gunung Agung can be seen in the distance. Hindu Temple, Nesa Penida Island, Bali in the background.
  • Silken liquid flows through the golden foliage of a Japanese forest.Hossawa Falls, Hinohara Village, just outside of Tokyo, Japan.
  • Refraction of dewdrops on a blade of grass. This can only be photographed at magnification ratios of 2:1 and greater. Focus stacked from 6 images each with differing focal point. Mitsuike Park, Yokohama, Japan
  • Maelstrom, Balangan Beach, Nusa Dua, Bali, Japan.
  • Fishing boats jostling in the early morning hours on the island of Lombok. Tanjing Luar fishing village, Indonesia.
  • Like a painter, this tree attracts greater attention after its demise...Gili Trawangan Island, Lombok Island, Indonesia
  • Dark weather, vibrant memories... Serangan Reef Break, Bali, Indonesia. Shot at sea level at a time when I used to swim out into the waves to photograph the waves themselves and also the surfers who rode them.
  • Mitsuike Park, Yokohama, Japan
  • Hammer(head) House of Horror. Supposedly protected Great Hammerhead Sharks await processing at a fish market in Eastern Indonesia. We take, and we take some more... Tanjung Luar Fish Market in NE Lombok, Indonesia.
  • Once majestic apex hunters, shark numbers are in free fall on a global scale. Hunted for their fins for Asian Soups, will they ever recover? Tanjung Luar Fishing Village, Lombok, Indonesia.