life | tribal | festival | light

One of the great things I love about travel is the opportunity to be an observer. Taking in local culture, giving myself time to live and be absorbed by the influences of tradition.

I tell the guys to just act natural, be relaxed and friendly, that usually works for me. But sometimes when a tall blonde haired Australian man carrying a camera round his neck enters the village, well let me say, I don't really blend in. The intrinsic nature of children is to be inquisitive, it's the camera. Some will invite you into their moment with just a glance while others stand in vulnerability – a photographic privilege I cherish.

Children reflect a communities cultural richness...

One of my great loves is to document, to tell stories of people, places, events and culture as seen through my lens. It's a great ecstasy, as if seeing the world for the first time - such a raw expression. Unguarded, distilled are these moments – to document life with photography, the unchallenged truth of story telling through creative expression.

Trekking the jungle, unsure as to what lay ahead, with stories of hypnotic trance, spiritual ceremony and tribal rituals. To discover the powerful chants of shamanic traditions of Sumatran tribes, primal Asmat warriors of Irian Jaya, New Guinea, rhythmic drumming ceremony in Kerala, South India and  the tribal celebrations under the Banyan tree at Enkatala Village, Tanna Island in Vanuatu.

A lot of my earlier travels were captured on medium format film of which currently exist in my archival files and are yet to be unveiled – I will be releasing these images in the future.

Intoxicated by the magic and mystery...

An innate and primal urge to dance, that raw relationship between sound and movement, it transcends the barriers of language no matter what country I visit. It's an inevitable that I will, at some stage of each trip, encounter a festival, local ceremony or celebration. One of the more memorable and moving traditional dance displays was in Indonesia. Bali Tear – Two young Balinese girls performed the intensely expressive Legong Dance.

'Red Lady' from 'Carnaval' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the most elaborate festivals celebrating the country's African cultural root and indigenous heritage. With vivid costumes that leave you speechless; hip-shaking samba moves to the all night rhythms of live percussion – a fusion of Portuguese and Brazilian dance.

From the loud and colourful Tropicana Cabaret Dance Show in Havana, that's held at the outdoor theatre under the stars – a spectacular song and dance performance reminiscent of Cuba in the 1950's. To the tropical reds, yellows and oranges of the traditional ceremonial dance costumes of the ʻōteʻa ʻāmui Tahitian dance from the French Polynesia Islanders.

The festival of dance from around the world...