Inside a Haitian Social Enterprise

Earlier this year, I spent a while milling about on the island of Hispaniola. Part of it was spent backpacking through the Dominican Republic while the latter part of my trip was spent in Haiti. Haiti is one of the most fascinating places I’ve visited and a month was certainly not enough time to explore this culturally and historically rich country.… Read more →

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A Winter, Nearly Spring Reading List

During the few months of California summer I enjoyed and the following months of Melbourne winter that I endured (it actually wasn’t too bad), I did a lot of reading. Reading for me always comes with travelling and a journey that went from California to Haiti, back to California, then home to Melbourne via Hawaii certainly involved a lot of moving… Read more →

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Remembering Camille Lepage

Last year, around October, I received a PetaPixel email newsletter that featured an interview with a young photojournalist named Camille Lepage. At the time Lepage was 25 years old, two years older than myself, and living in South Sudan covering the struggles of a new sovereign state. After reading the interview, I impressed not only by Lepage’s intimate yet telling… Read more →

A sea star of the pisaster genus. Photo: A Bergamin.

Bioblitzing at Pillar Point

Until I moved to California, I had never heard of a bioblitz. But recently while on assignment I attended one being held at Pillar Point along the Peninsula. And it was fun. It was cold, drizzling and foggy. But it was fun. It brought back memories of easter egg hunts and scavenger hunts and generally anything to do with finding things… Read more →

Photo: Phil Roeder

Smartphones and the Price of Precious

I own an $80 Huawei smartphone. It is probably the least smart of smartphones on the market but it allows me to make phone calls, use WhatsApp to chat with friends, take photos and upload them to Facebook and listen to music on Pandora. A decade ago, you would have needed a phone, a camera, a computer and some sort of… Read more →

Adelie Penguins. Photo_ Colin Mitchell

Antarctica Research Stalls After U.S. Government Shutdown

Federally funded researchers and scientists have breathed a sigh of relief as the U.S. government ended its shutdown last week. But after a fifteen day hiatus, not everyone is in the clear, and for scientists working further afield the repercussions may continue to be felt. For Point Blue Conservation Science, a California based conservation science non-profit, the shutdown has threatened… Read more →

Photojournalists on Mental Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that worldwide, one in four people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. While countries such as Australia have a comprehensive health care system encompassing mental health issues, vulnerable groups such as those with substance abuse problems, youth, and those living in isolated or rural areas, risk falling through the cracks. The story… Read more →


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