Photography – Taiwan – Lotus Lake – Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

 

Photography – Taiwan – Lotus Lake – Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

Most things in Taiwan are new due to everything repeatedly being destroyed by earthquakes. Not everything is to Western tastes. It is very garish and all very cartoonish. But interesting none-the-less. Lotus lake with its huge statues and the Tiger and Dragon pagodas was different to anything I’d seen before.

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Photography – Taiwan – Taroko Gorge – An incredible gorge with steep rock sides, tunnels and temples.

Photography – Taiwan – Taroko Gorge – An incredible gorge with steep rock sides, tunnels and temples.

The Taroko gorge was impressive with its steep rock faces, distant river, waterfalls, temples and tunnels.

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Photography – Japan – Kyoto – temples and costume

Photography – Japan – Kyoto – temples and costume

Japan was fascinating. Such an interesting culture and polite, friendly people who went out of their way to help us. We had a great stay. I’d like to go back.

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Photography – Photos from Japan – Kyoto

Photography – Photos from Japan – Kyoto

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There is something more understated and less garish about Japanese culture when compared with Chinese. I like them both but Japan is more constrained, orderly and controlled.

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Photography – The Mississippi Blues Trail – American heritage

Photography – The Mississippi Blues Trail – American heritage

Americans don’t seem to value the rich Blues heritage that sits on their own doorstep. Despite the fact that nearly all modern music stems from the roots of the Blues, R&B and Jazz that came out of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee (Mixed in with a bit of Country and a few other flavours) they ignore it. If you talk to most Americans about the significance of Charlie Patton they will likely say – ‘Who?’. So I was heartened to find they had gone to the bother of putting up blue plaques all other the place commemorating where all the great Blues Singers worked, lived, played and died. It gave all us mad Blues lovers a reason to gallivant all over the countryside hunting them down.

I was a little chastened when looking for Son House’s plaque I stopped at a big tourist centre, right close to where it was, to ask and they’d never heard of Son House, the Blues Trail or anything to do with it. Asking around it seemed like it was mainly a bunch of fanatical Englishmen like me who were the only ones going round.

Great shame.

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This was Bo Diddleys plaque in McComb. One of my favourite guys. He used to busk in the street where this plaque was situated.

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This is a national steel guitar in the Delta Blues museum. The type many old Blues guys played in the days before amplification because it made a loud sound. I love the sound of a bottleneck guitar.

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This was the monument to Robert Johnson in Hazlewood

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This is the High Street in Yazoo – One of the Great Blues labels of the day.

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The fabled Highway 61 – along which all the Blues guys travelled.

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Muddy Waters cabin – re-erected in the Delta Blues Museum (I wish they’d left it where it was on the plantation).

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A plaque to Son House (I think that was in Clarksdale)

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The Riverside Hotel where everybody stayed. It used to be a hospital for Blacks and is where Bessie Smith died.

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Sonny Boy Williamson 2’s grave (Willie Rice Miller) outside Tutwiler

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Sonny Boy’s grave was hard to find – in the middle of nowhere, set back off the road.

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One of Robert Johnson’s supposed graves (according to Dave ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards not the right one)

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The Blue Café – a Blues Joint where it all happened (And still does)

Photography – Taipei – Taiwan – 2004 Democracy Rally in Liberty Square – Chiang Kai Shek memorial

Photography – Taipei – Taiwan – 2004 Democracy Rally in Liberty Square – Chiang Kai Shek memorial

We visited Taiwan in 2004 and visited Liberty Square. There was a huge rally taking place to defend democracy against the corruption of the military and establishment. We joined in and waved our flags. I still have mine. It looked very hairy for a time. There were a lot of police and military around and we were the only westerners around.taipei 1 097 taipei 1 086 taipei 1 084

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We survived and had a look round the impressive Chaing Kai Shek memorial and concert hall

Liberty Square was massive.

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The Taiwanese were extremely nice.

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Some of their restaurants looked interesting.

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I should have offered to help with their English perhaps?

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The voyage to the end of the world – Treasures of South America on the Marco polo

The voyage to the end of the world – Treasures of South America on the Marco polo

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I have just completed my first draft of my latest book. I have decided, following Dave Kingsbury’s encouragement, to write up the tale of my voyage to South America. It was an outstanding experience, full of fun, adventure and thought provoking observation. I think it makes for an interesting read.

I have called it :-

The voyage to the end of the world –

Treasures of South America on the Marco Polo in 2016

I’m now selecting the photos to go in it. I have lots of decisions to make. I want to put lots of the colour photos in but if I do it as a large book with colour it will bump the price up. I always keep my cut to around a £1 but production costs take the bulk of the cost.

A normal size black and white would lose the impact of the photos but would be cheaper. What do you think?

Meanwhile –

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