My heart is torn between East and West. I live somewhere between the present and the past. I don't know who I am.
Just another human being biding their time on this earth. Passionate about current affairs, history, politics (particularly MENA region), religion, cute animals and food. Posts are mainly in English but I may post in Arabic/French/Turkish.
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An elderly Vietnamese woman in Hoi An whose teeth are blackened by chewing betel – a combination of betel vine leaves, slivers of areca palm nut and a bit of lime paste, all wrapped up in a whole betel leaf – fits in the pouch of the cheek. It tastes as bad as it looks.
“Solitude can be found in a crowd. When visiting an adult literacy group in Kamakwie, Sierra Leone, I came across a room where most learners had formed pairs or small groups to work but one young lady had chosen to separate herself in order to concentrate.”
“I had to be as patient as the fisherman for this shot. I waited for 20 minutes or so for him to throw his net, then fired off four shots. This one is the most dramatic as the net spreads across the sky.”
“The village of Kielder, just 1 mile away from the Scottish border, is England’s most remote village.
Twice a year, astronomers from all over the UK descend on this beautiful little place, because the night skies are amongst the best in Britain.
Okay - the weather isn’t guaranteed by any means. As you can see there are a few clouds that scoot over from time to time, and there’s quite a number of aircraft whizzing by too, but for astronomy it’s a thousand times better than you’ll find being anywhere near a city.
This piece was shot during the Spring 2009 and Spring 2010 Kielder Star Camps. I used the usual kit of my trusty Canon EOS 350D (nearly 80,000 on the clock now…) and my old EQ2 telescope mount. You may also notice a shot in there using a new dolly track that I have recently built - it needs improvement, but at least my first shot was usable!
I hope this film brings back good memories for all those astronomers who have ever visited this wonderful place.