Today is ‘World water Day’. There isn’t that much of water on this planet. It is precious.
Time to revisit my story ‘Waters of Sahel’, probably my first ‘real’ story, shot between 1985 and 1987, but still relevant.
Follows is a short sample of 16. You can see the whole story HERE.
Michelle Obama is in Siem Reap. I stayed in Phnom Penh but didn’t watch ‘Cinderella’.
Desperate as they are to make their voice heard and have those women from their community, jailed for 1 year after a land issue demonstration, liberated as soon as possible, the members from the Boeung Kak and the Borei Keila communities held a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy to seek support from First Lady Michelle Obama who is scheduled to visit Cambodia on March 21st and 22nd.
I have been photographing the development of Koh Pich Island, where families providing vegetables for the city of Phnom Penh were evicted from, since 2009. Those, and photographs of other development sites in Phnom Penh where people were evicted from can be found HERE
The ‘Development Landscapes’ is also featured in ‘Quest for Land’, an application for the iPad, an in-depth report on land issues in Cambodia since 2000. It can be found on iTunes HERE.
About 500 activists and supporters held a demonstration on International Women’s Rights Day to request the release of land rights activists imprisoned following protests in late 2014. The demonstration started at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, recently relegated to the dusty outskirts of Phnom Penh, and marched to the Prey Sar prison. Two coffins loaded on a tuk-tuk preceding the marchers were confiscated for rather obscure reasons by the police.
March 8th is International Women’s Day…
Here is to the Cambodian grassroots activist women, those who are rattling at the locks of power…
One month in Brussels reveals never edited and never scanned photographs. Here is a set of 20 better ones.
And in light of the recent World Press controversy, I herewith certify I am old fashioned when it comes to setting up or staging photographs: I didn’t do it and I still don’t…
Traces of the carnival celebrations in Binche, a former industrial region of Belgium, can be traced back to the 14th century. It is part of the continent-wide pagan-related rites celebrating the end of winter. The festival was recognised by UNESCO as an ‘Oral and Immaterial Patrimony of Humanity’ in 2003. But to the inhabitants of the small city of Binche it is much more than that: the three days of Mardi Gras celebrations and also the rituals in the preceding weeks of actual Mardi Gras are the expression of an intense sense of belonging to a community, creating very strong social bonds. The main character around which the festival evolves is the ‘Gille de Binche’. Probably created around the end of the 18th century the Gille, organised in various brotherhoods, obey very strict rules during carnival: they can only dress up as a Gille, with the ostrich feather hat, the straw-stuffed costume, the bundle of twigs to ward off evil winter spirits (which is also thrown to relatives or friends in the public as a greeting), and the wooden clogs during the day of Mardi Gras, they should at all times be accompanied by a drum, should never be seen sitting in public. The hardest requisite in a context of free flowing alcohol during the carnival days is probably not being seen drunk. Being a Gille is an honour but comes at a price, and many members go through severe financial sacrifice to pay for the rent of the costume (300€ for the ostrich hat), buy the oranges which will be thrown to the public as a sign of good luck (throwing them back to the Gille is a grave offence) and the bottles of champagne and other alcoholic beverages consumed during the festive days.