Lynn Gail Photography

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Month: June, 2013

Madagascar

I have recently returned from the unique island of Madagascar after having been lucky enough to travel as a guest with tour company Travel Directors  (check them out!).  After busing around the county side for just over two weeks I am still ploughing my way through the many varied images I look along the way.  With Madagascar having 18 culturally diverse tribes and some of the worlds rarest wildlife I was often in awe of my surroundings.  It is one of those countries that gets under your skin and makes you want to dig a little deeper as each culture has their own completely set of  often quite bizarre customs.  I would like to return one day and spend time soaking up a lifestyle that is both foreign and fascinating to mine.  Here are some images I am beginning to process.

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Madagascar doesn’t see many tourists so we are quite an odd sight when we stop along the road (especially for a bush toilet stop!) – children appear from what seems like quite far away within a few minutes – even the poorest of villagers are covered in large grins when they come and visit with us.

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Women/girls start having babies from as young as thirteen and many will have as many as 8-12 per family.  Many villages have no medical treatment and many children die at birth through lack of care and no family planning  education.  Local plants/herbs are used for medicinal uses – western medicine is unheard of in many areas.

The zebu (cow) is considered an item of wealth in Madagascar, the more zebus a person owns the wealthier they are.  More zebus, more wives! (more problems : ))

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Rickshaws are everywhere throughout Madagascar – the strong men that carry them run through the towns barefooted transporting people with little effort.

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First post….

CambodiaNew to WordPress and blogging – here is my first post and a few images from my website to get things rolling.  Just a little about me: I have been involved in the challenging art of photography for around twenty years now; sometimes I feel I am mastering the medium and other times – well – I feel a little like a fish trying to return to the tide – there is always a new aspect or theme that will make me question how I am photographing.  Clever and artful photography make this art form appear easy but once behind the lens there are so many elements that have to come together to make an image stand out and connect with the viewer.  With so many powerful images and  talented photographers to be inspired by, photography humbles and focuses me.  So here are my ramblings, images and experiences from my travels. : )

Cambodiam in village school near Tonle Sap Lake.

East Arnhem Land