Monday, 18 November 2013

Nepal October 2013 - and small update

Recently I have received a photo assignment from international eyesight NGO/ charity 'ORBIS' which I gained though a call for portfolios in Digital Camera World. You can see the article and runner ups by clicking here.
I travelled to Nepal with ORBIS in late October to photograph the impact of the ORBIS international volunteers at Geta Eye Hospital - Dhangadhi. My assignment was to create pictures that showed the good effect that the international volunteers had on the area, particularly focusing on the teaching of new techniques  to the local doctors which they can then administer themselves, leaving a lasting solution to problems faced by the hospital. This is my story I supplied amongst many other stock images for the charity, I am also creating an audio slideshow which will be up here soon.

The streets of Dhangadhi, a city in far western Nepal, the closest busy hub to the Geta Eye Hospital. 

The entrance to the Geta Eye Hospital compound.

Families living outside in the Geta Eye Hospital compound, the patients families stay for the whole of the treatment as they have often traveled along way. 70% of the patients are from Northern India, they travel to Nepal as the surgery is "cheaper and of a higher standard."

Women walking through the Geta hospital.

Patients waiting to be seen at Geta Eye Hospital, Dhangadhi

A 12 year old girl is treated at the Geta Eye Hospital Paediatric Eye Department, supported by ORBIS International.

Doctor Robert Kersten, the international ORBIS volunteer from the U.S.A travelling to Geta Eye Hospital to give hands on training to local doctors.

Ayan, a six year old boy from India receives an eye test. Ayan travelled to Nepal from India with his two Uncles to receive treatment for a Cataract which would be too expensive in India for their family.

Suresh Raj Pant, a local doctor at Geta Eye Hospital prepares for the days surgery and training.

Uttan Kunuugar, 7 years old from a rural Nepalese family of nine awaits surgery dealing with a Ptosis (the drooping of an eyelid). He and his Uncle and Father travelled 12 hours to reach Geta Eye hospital after Uttan started struggling to see the board at his school. His father, who is a soldier hopes that this treatment will help lead to a life outside of the military.  

Nirmada Bohara, a ten year old girl from a family of farmers receiving surgery for a Ptosis that had grown significantly over the last year. Nirmada nor her brother where nervous about the surgery, saying they trusted Geta Eye Hospital.

Nirmada Bohara in surgery

Dr Robert Kersten giving hands on training to local doctor Suresh Raj Pant during surgery at Geta Eye Hospital, Dhangadhi.

Dr Suresh Raj Pant giving surgery to Nirmada Bohara.

Dr Robert Kersten in the Operating Theatre.

Local Doctors performing life changing surgery to Nirmada Bohara.

Dr Robert Kersten observing the newly trained surgery.

Dr Robert Kersten and Dr Suresh Raj Pant performing post op observations in the Geta Eye Hospital ward.

Ayan recovering from his successful operation, with his uncle Grfan. 

I would like to thank ORBIS and Digital Camera World for giving me the opportunity to do this work. If you would like to read more about great work ORBIS do please go to

A bit of news, I recently was lucky enough to be included in the Ian Parry Scholarship Exhibition as a runner up which is great. I also was included in the Ideastap/ Magnum photography award exhibition which again great news.

Thanks for reading, am planning a lot of stories at the moment so expect a lot of work up here soon!


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A Silent Crisis - The Environmental Nightmare of Gaza

This is my final photo essay from this trip to Gaza and is the work I submitted for my Final Major Project at the end of my BA in Photojournalism at L.C.C; which I have just finished.

The work I put up in my final exhibition and I have also designed a book of the project. If you are interested in buying the book please contact me on They are 30 quid each which I know is expensive but is exactly how much they cost me, they are a4/ hardbound and full colour with over 20 images in.

This is the photo essay - please click on the images to make them larger.

The Gaza strip has been plagued by conflict for decades and in recent times has seen fierce fighting between the ruling Hamas and the Israeli military. Gaza’s on-going troubles, combined with an economic blockade, have led to environmental and social problems that make life barely liveable. Shot in the aftermath of the November 2012 violent escalation between Hamas and the Israeli military, the work focuses on the daily life of the Palestinians struggling to survive inside the environmental degradation of Gaza.

Fishermen return after a day’s work. Due to pollution and an Israeli imposed naval blockade, Palestinian fishermen find it hard to make a living fishing from Gaza’s coast.

A Palestinian fisherman works on his nets in Gaza Sea Port.

Palestinian boys catch shrimp in the polluted water off the coast of Gaza. 

A bridge and drinking water pipe stands destroyed after being hit by an Israeli air attack during the escalation of 2012. The pipe supplied 10,000 people with water who could not venture out for more due to the intense bombing of the area.

A Palestinian boy pulls water back to his home after his family's own supply was destroyed by an Israeli bomb.

The water in Gaza is often very salty and contains chemicals, hard metals as well as other pollutants with 95% of water in the taps is unfit to drink. Here a Palestinian chemist records what is found in the water so appropriate action can be taken.   

Gaza’s only power station, which suffers from lack of fuel which creates rolling blackouts across the Gaza strip.  

Hamas Al-Qassam fighters walk through the streets of Gaza city.

Hamas Al-Qassam fighters guard the roads of Gaza city as Khaled Meshaal, the ruling Hamas’s leader, returns to Palestine for the first time in decades. The leader used the ceasefire to safely enter Gaza knowing Israel would not break the ceasefire by assassinating him. 

An Israeli fighter jet circles over Gaza city.

A forty-year-old Palestinian woman injured in an air raid whilst she milked her cows; she has shrapnel in her back and has been bed-ridden for a week.

The Wadi Gaza River which used to be a nature reserve, has now become pure sewage due to a lack of waste water infrastructure and the damming of the river on the Israeli side of the border. Communities and farms still operate next to the river.

A Palestinian baby with scabies. Scabies is caught easily throughout Gaza as clothes are washed in recycled cleaning water which spreads the disease.

Safiyya Hadhud, 50, from the village of Al-Malalha is struggling to feed her family of eight. “The children have just come home from school and they must be starving; only God knows how much I suffer.”

One of Safiyya Hadhud’s children eats a candy bar, in the small village of Al-Malalha.

 Palestinian women walk home near the Nuseirat refugee camp, Gaza.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Delayed Gratification Publication

Really happy to have been published in quarterly magazine Delayed Gratification. A fantastic concept of looking at the news events of the last three months giving stories time and hindsight.
Both mine and the journalist I travel with Patrick Keddie's work was published together as a single feature about the water crisis in Gaza.

Please have a look at the magazine here -

Also I have put a draft version of my final Gaza edit on the Photographic Museum of Humanity's website. Please have a look, the edit for my book has changed so look out for that as well.

Heres one I will be using in the final.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

The Return of Khaled Meshaal to Gaza

Sorry for lack of posting, been wrapped up in third year university work.
 But here is a photo essay I managed to publish on Vice Magazine's website whilst in Gaza. On this blog post are a few photos that were not published on Vice but I still think are worth putting online. Please go to Vice's website for the full photo essay and a bit of writing I did with Patrick Keddie about the event.

Please go to read all the information about the event and to see the full story here -