Girl in local market with thanaka paste (ground from thanaka tree), Mandalay, MYANMAR

Photographing new places keeps me intensely engaged. In a new location I get totally engrossed in observing; people, the environment, customs, new activities and ways of living. A camera forces you to stay connected and keep studying.

The first time to a place or country is usually powerful as the senses are awakened by new smells, sounds, tastes, distinctive colours, light and form.

Discovery excites me and the task is to remain accepting and open to the environment.

“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind” [Seneca].

Photographs in this series include locals in traditional dress in Colca Canyon, Peru and along Lake Titicaca, which borders Peru and Bolivia, street photography in Havana, Cuba, Iguanas in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Condor flying at El Condor Pasa, Peru, local Mosque, Turkey, floating fisherman, Inle Lake, Myanmar and a girl in a local market with thanaka paste, Mandalay, Myanmar.