The Documentary photography images collection features a range of images portraying in some cases the ‘drama of real life’, the ups and downs found in the raw material of real life. From homeless people living on the streets, smiling innocent children enjoying life to people going about their daily activities. You can see a wide range of characters from all walks of life from a variety of countries around the world where tradition and cultures vary greatly.



Colourful Bali beach ceremony

The Melasti ceremony in Bali is a vibrantly colourful affair that the Indonesian Hindu’s take part in annually just before the Balinese New Year which see’s them in unison heading down to the nearest water source to pay homage to … Read More

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live chickens and alternative transport
Live chickens transported by bicycle

Panning photography image of live chickens being transported by Indian guy’s on bicycles, speeding through the city streets of Kolkata in India with many chickens tethered to the bicycles

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Live chickens tethered to a bicycle

It’s early morning in Kolkata and the poultry market is coming to an end, traders in chickens walk or cycle away with their living purchase tethered to bicycles or bundled in baskets to be transported to their next destination!

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Men using clay cups to drink Indian tea

Two men of Indian ethnicity drink Indian tea or Chai as it is known on the subcontinent from traditional clay cups in a tea shop in Kolkata. The clay cups are cheap to make and are a wonderful biodegradeable disposable … Read More

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Melasti ceremony at Padang Galak beach

Balinese Hindu devotees carrying tall mythological effigies along Padang Galak beach for the Melasti ceremony a few days prior to Nyepi (Balinese New Year).

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Trance Stabbing Rituals in Bali

Ritualistic self-stabbing at a Balinese Hindu Ceremony called Ngeruk whereby male adherents in trance try to force a traditional Balinese Keris (knife) into their body which fortunately doesn’t penetrate!

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Self-Stabbing Ritual at a Bali Temple

Mystical powers at work during the self-stabbing ceremony of Ngeruk on the Indonesian island of Bali where men in trance stab themselves in the chest during the Odalan or Piodalan (Temple Anniversary) at Pengerebongan Temple in Kesiman Village, Denpasar.

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Trance Knife Ritual stabbing at Ngerebong

Crowds of people look on as the unimaginary is about to happen at the Ngurek Ceremony, the ritualistic self stabbing ceremony where a man in trance stabs himself with a traditional Keris (knife) without shedding a drop of blood at … Read More

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Ngerebong Trance Stabbing Rituals

Indonesians flock to witness Ngurek the ritualistic self stabbing ceremony during the Piodalan or Odalan (Temple Anniversary) at Pura Pengerebongan Temple in Kesiman Village of Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali.

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Ngerebong Stabbing Ritual

Crowds of people throng to witness Ngurek the ritualistic self stabbing ceremony during the Piodalan or Odalan (Temple Anniversary) at Pura Pengerebongan Temple in Kesiman Village of Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali.

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Robed monk walking through Buddhist temple

Buddhist monk strolls past the rows of ancient rock carved seated Buddha statues at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Buddhist Temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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Poor man sleeping outdoors in an alley

Poor Burmese man in Mandalay sleeps peacefully into the early morning in a back alley of the city on an old wooden box for a bed

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Village on stilts at the Equator

A close knit community lives in houses built on stilts on the River Kapuas confluence at Pontianak in Kalimantan a part of Indonesian Borneo. Boats are used to navigate around waterways that have been naturally created due to the development … Read More

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Log Cabin on Stilts

Wood cabin type housing built on stilts on the River Kapuas confluence at Pontianak in Kalimantan which is a part of Indonesian Borneo. Communities living on the river must travel from place to place by boat on canal like waterways … Read More

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Simple wooden houses on Stilts

Wooden shack type housing built on stilts on the River Kapuas confluence at Pontianak in Kalimantan which is a part of Indonesian Borneo. The communities living on the river must travel from place to place by boat on canal like … Read More

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Boats and Stilt Houses

Timber built residential housing built on stilts on the River Kapuas confluence at Pontianak in Kalimantan which is a part of Indonesian Borneo. This creates canals among the dwellings hence the use of boats as can be seen here is … Read More

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Street Photography Portrait

Black and white street photography portrait of a serious young Indian guy with two other men looking and laughing in the background.

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Boy looking out of train window

Young Burmese boy waits patiently for a food seller to pass by his railway carriage at a train station during a quick pause in the journey from Mandalay to Lashio in Shan State of Myanmar.

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Runaway Monk in Burma

Young Buddhist monk in Myanmar looks for a way out it seems not wanting to let go of the visitors arm as the train pulls out of the station at Kyuakme in Shan State!

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City streets in Burma

A unique street view perspective in the heart of Yangon city, Myanmar as seen from above, crowded with vehicles and high rise colonial apartment blocks.

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The Birdman of Indonesia

Indonesian man at a local market inspects one of a wide variety of handmade bird cages on a market stall that deals solely in this product. In some parts of Indonesia keeping birds is a very popular pastime and the … Read More

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Selling hats on the street

Indonesian man selling a wide variety of hats on the streets of Java in Indonesia. Keeping costs low he displays hats on the closed metal shutters of a building on the street avoiding overheads of owning or leasing a shop!

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Planting young rice plants

Group of Indonesian woman wearing the stereotypical conical hat planting fresh young rice plants in a muddy water filled rice paddy field in Central Java, Indonesia.

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Prying eyes in Yangon

Black and White image of a an old Burmese woman opening the windows to her apartment in a high rise block of flats to view the streets down below in Yangon City, Myanmar.

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Indian man sleeping on the street

Impoverished or destitute Indian man sleeping on the floor outdoors in an Indian City wearing scruffy unkempt clothes with a disheveled appearance, one of the many no doubt who move to the cities in search of wealth but find themselves … Read More

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Filipino man cutting bamboo

Filipino man cutting fine strips of bamboo, a highly skilled and traditional trade whereby the cut strips of bamboo are used for weaving baskets and other such cottage industry type wares like bamboo partitioning screens.

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Portrait of a Blacksmith

Portrait of a Chinese Malay Blacksmith in Malacca, Malaysia

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Indian Woman Begging

The City streets in India can be busy with beggars who either cannot earn money because they are too old, have disablities for whatever reason or people who think it is a good way to earn a living. This woman … Read More

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Chinese Wood Carver

Extremely skilled and adept Chinese man in Lijiang Old Town carves away at a piece of wood to create one of the numerous auspicious symbols used in Chinese culture, the fish. These will be used for decorating the entrance to … Read More

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Skilled Wood Carving Artisan

Extremely skilled and adept Chinese man in Lijiang Old Town carves away at a piece of wood to create one of the numerous auspicious symbols used in Chinese culture, the fish. These will be used for decorating the entrance to … Read More

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