Monthly archives: January 2005

I was really excited today, when I noticed that my pics is on the front page of! It is a shot of the Beastie Boys, from the Big Day Out!!

  1. Anonymous said:
    Nice work! You and I have quite a lot in common. We both are concert photographers, both studied engineering (I finished up in ChE but was so close to dropping out to go to art school) and we both have travelled around the world (except I went the opposite direction and didn't take off for nearly as long as you are).

    Check out my photography site in the unlikely event that you get bored along your travels. Also, how'd you initially get in touch with the people at rollingstone? I shoot concerts freelance for a couple publications but haven't had much luck with getting a hold of the right people at RS.

    mason "at" nets "dot" at
    January 28, 2005  5:52 pm

Last week I did 5 days of Rock Climbing in Wharepapa New Zealand. It was awesome! I just love climbing with the Kiwi’s, they are so relaxed and just love being outdoors, it was a real pleasure! I stayed at this really cool Hostel, Bryce’s Hostel, where they had their own bouldering wall and climbing shop. Bryce knows all about the area, climbing equiptment, and was really cool to just chat to. He took me for a climb, it was great climbing with the area master!

I climbed a lot with this German guy, Reinhart. On the second day we got lost on a farm looking for a climb. It took us a little over 2 hours! The climb was well worth it, it was up a tube. I got sunburnt, and I really never want to see another cow again. They would moo at me while climbing! It was definitly a unique experience. The farm land (Smith’s Rock) looked like something directly out of Lord of the Rings.

I am working on a website with my climbing pics, I will link it soon to my climbing page. They are on, and

  1. wildman1818 said:
    Great pix. Those rocks are awsome. I see what you mean about the cows.
    Ever climb in the northeast US?
    January 23, 2005  8:14 pm
  2. Kristi said:
    Nope, would love to one day, I did some climbing in North Carolina, and loved it. Where are the good crags up there??
    January 23, 2005  9:47 pm
  3. Anonymous said:
    Could that guys shorts be any smaller?

    January 25, 2005  12:29 am

So today I am off again, flying to New Zealand, and arriving 2 days later (I arrive on the 12th). No more Winter for me!! I am going to summer:)

My first few days I will be rockclimbing in Wharepapa, then off to Auckland to photograph the Big Day Out! After the Big Day Out I am going to go to the very North of the north island and hopefully learn a bit about the Maori.

I put up a new page on my site for some of Dave Scales’ travelling pics. He has recently travelled to Damascus, Chatila and Beirut. I have him linked on my Friends page under “pics from my friends travels”. The direct link is Check out his Blog for his travelling stories,

Please feel free to send me pics for this section of my site. I really want to get pics from all over the world from people who travel or live in different countries.

This is Charles, outside his Kitchen in the Jungle. He made me as well as 3 others, Dr Lau (leading cacti botinist) as well as a German author and her son, a New Years FEAST in this kitchen. He took all these herbs from his Organic farm and gave us all a meal to remember.

It is crazy how people who have nothing in the way of material possessions can have so much in the way in way of life. I have seen way more smiles in poor villages then I have in New York City, Atlanta, or even London. These village kids really taught me that life is rich, no matter how poor you are. Sometimes I think that all the western world has built has taken people further away from what is truly important in life. People are so busy trying to make it, or be rich, or successful that they have forgotten about life. I feel like our progression in a way is pulling us further away from enjoying the simple things.

  1. Derek Haynes said:
    The United States is the best and most powerful country in the world. We have a culture that encourages achievement, risk-taking, and the pursuit of lofty ideals. More than any other country, you can pursue these goals at any age, be of any sex, and be of any race.

    All in all, we are also very balanced...we study less (although it is an increasing amount) than many other developed nations, but have always outperformed them when it counts. We dominate in athletics, our culture, movies, and music is spread the world-over, and we are having a profound positive impact on the economies of Asia.

    I think the problem is there are less and less battles to fight - and we're a culture that's always looking for a cause. So, people have turned their attention to material possessions.

    The pursuit of success also has many simple pleasures - a kind pat on the pack, and unexpected email filled with praise, or a congratulatory phone call. I don't think it matters where you get your pleasure - just as long as you get some.
    January 17, 2005  12:10 am
  2. Kristi said:
    I am referring to the fact that so much technology, takes us away from nature. I believe strongly that nature is a reminder to us of the divine, and a lot of people find religion, spirituality and a constant reminder of some greater power in their own interactions with nature. It is not true for all, but for a pretty good majority. I think that the Western way of life takes people keeps people so busy and takes them away from the natural world that people are digressing spiritually. They have more, but feel more lost.
    January 23, 2005  4:21 pm

After an overnight in Belize City I flew down to Punta Gorda in the Toledo district of Belize. I decided to stay in a Mayan Village to learn a bit more about their way of life. I had read that the Toledo district was for “those who are truly adventurous” as well as “be prepared to rough it”. Did I listen, not really.

I woke up my first night in the village to go use the bathroom only to find two huge black transulas. I don’t know much about these spiders so I decided it was best to just stay away. Then I went back to sleep. I woke up early, (it was still dark) turned on my headlamp only to see a scorpion right next to my head! It was inside of the mosquito net with me, so it probably slept with me the whole night! The little village children said that they have all been stung and if the scorpion bites to kill it, and squeeze the green stuff out of their bodies and rub it on the bite! Luckily I was never stung.

I learned a lot about the Mayans during my stay in the village. I really wanted to learn a bit about their religion so I started asking questions. I found out that in the villages, the people were either Catholic or Christian. The Mayans I met didn’t know much about the Mayan religion. I had this group of women try and sell me a carving of a Mayan God in a rock. I asked “which God is this” and then replied ” I am really not sure, I think that it is the God of Corn”. I just thought it was crazy to have people continue with the arts celebrating the religion, but yet know nothing about the religion itself.

I did meet some lovely people in the village. The girls in the pic below are from the Choco family and I just loved hanging out with them and their family. I would sit on the porch and the girls tried teaching me their language Katchi, and we would watch the other villagers. These little girls knew 3 languages, English (the official language of Belize), Spanish, and Katchi. The families in the village are usually quite big with up to 10 people sharing a small room and sleeping in hammocks or on the floor.