Paolo Messina

SRI LANKA

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AN INSIGHT I first developed an interest in Sri Lanka while sipping beer in Munich with my friend Malte, when he suggested that I should read Naomi Klein’s ‘The Shock Doctrine’.  Malte told me he could not believe what happened in Sri Lanka after the tsunami of 2004. An estimated 40000 people lost their lives in Sri Lanka…

COLOMBIA – Bogotá

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I have started off this round trip in South America, hoping to have more chances to push through a couple of personal projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon and in Honduras. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, at least not this time. So Bogotá turned up to be the first stop of some sort of “my long way round” to…

Felix Baumgartner

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I photographed Felix with his mum Eva at Redbull Hangar 7 in Salzburg for a British Sunday paper. For those who may not know, Felix Baumgartner is the Redbull man who jumped off an air baloon at an altitude of 38.969m. The stunt gave him the world’s record for the height of the jump and for being…

INDONESIA – Pacu Jawi

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1st Place “Competitive Events” –  INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2014 http://www.photoawards.com/winner/index.php Batusangkar, Indonesia The pacu jawi(cow race) originated in the Minankabau region of West Sumatra. It is held on rice fields as a celebration or auspice of good harvests and possibly increase the value of well performing cows and bulls. Jockeys also bite the animals’ tail to increase…

INDONESIA – Mentawai

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The Mentawai people have their own language, traditional law and religion (animism). Their society is based on equality, there’s no hereditary title and there are no subordinate roles. Their origins were unknown to me before receiving info in the comments below. The elder shamans normally gather to discuss issues concerning more than one family or village…

FIJI – Nacula Island

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A stop here since it’s on the route LA-Sydney, even if for just 2 days, was a must. After a couple of location shoots and a quick visit to the nearby village on Nacula Island, I spotted a hammock under the palm trees on the beach and that was the end 🙂  Share on Tumblr

Munich – Slut Walk

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It all started when Constable Michael Sanguinetti of Toronto Police Service said during a crime prevention forum that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. He later apologized for his remarks but on the 3rd of April 2011 right in Toronto, a crowd of about 3000 people gathered for the first…

Munich Surfers

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River surfing here on the Eisbach (Ice River – a tributary of River Isar) started around the year 2000. These waters approach 1°C in the cold season and flow at about 5m/sec. Although swimming is prohibited here, surfing is not. The only fatalities occurred over this wave seem to have been reckless swimmers rather than…

Palestine 2004

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Not having a great deal of new pics to upload at the moment, I thought that a post on my 2004 experience in Palestine would fit well in the blog. So here it is… I left for Palestine on the 14 October 2004. I don’t exactly know the reasons behind my interest in the current issues of this…

Munich here I am

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This is an update form my new base in Germany. I have recently moved to Munich and have been busy doing CGI post-production work and some location photography. I only have a few shots that I can share and here they are: Munich, taken after a shoot at the Haus der Kunst (Modern Art), Berlin,…

UK London – Okinawa Day

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Last Saturday was Okinawa Day in London and I was commissioned to photograph this annual culture and tourism promotional event sponsored  by the Okinawa Association UK. Okinawa is a 1,000 km long cluster of islands south of Japan’s main island also known for the controversial presence of US military bases there. It was a day of music, dance,…

URUGUAY – Punta del Diablo

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I didn’t last long in Buenos Aires. Just enough to meet my old friend/colleague Bjoern for a good catch-up who’s also starting his American adventure but on his motorbike. I did like the city but the hot weather and the beaches of Uruguay being so close…well, what would you do? And Punta del Diablo is a really…

ARGENTINA – Ushuaia

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I have finally made it the southernmost city of the world, Ushuaia, also capital of Tierra del Fuego province. Unfortunately I got there only 12 hours prior my scheduled flight to Buenos Aires and managed just a glimpse of these amazing views. Every time I had looked at the map of South America my eyes…

CHILE – Chiloé

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After “Valpo” it was time to either catch the boat from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales or visit Chiloé. I went for option two as I was also interested in the Carretera Australe so after a 13-hour journey I got to Puerto Natales where you have connections with the island. So I went to Ancud,…

CHILE – Valparaiso

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This is a quick update from Puerto Natales, Chile. I’ve been rushing down here through half of the Carretera Australe. It’s a beautiful journey but unfortunately transports along that route are just too slow for my schedule and I had to cross again to Argentina to speed up the transfer to southern Chile, where I…