Twenty :: the famous places

‘Twenty’ part 22 :: the tourist traps

Twenty‘ is an occasional series marking the first twenty years of my work as a professional photographer.

I’ve been fortunate to travel with people who think that when you’re near somewhere famous, you might never be back there again, so it’s worth dropping in…

First off, we visited NE Brazil to do a story on what was known as a ‘green drought’ (it had rained, so the landscape was reasonably lush, but there was very little food actually growing). On the way back home, we flew to Rio, arriving early in the morning, before a late evening flight back to the UK, so our intrepid leader suggested a minibus tour of the sights – which was wonderful.

Jesus in Rio, 1998 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Jesus in Rio, 1998 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Similarly, on my first visit to Cambodia, we needed some material showing the rest of the country, so took a side trip to Angkor Wat, the huge and breathtaking Buddhist temples in the north of the country:

Angkor Wat at dawn, 1995 (?) :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Angkor Wat at dawn, 1995 (?) :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

We stayed in one of the nicest (not fanciest) hotels I’ve stayed in, just down the road, for something like $10 a night too – a great experience.

Not quite as glamorous as Rio, but still a significant place to visit – the Mercato in Addis Ababa was touted as the ‘largest open air market in Africa’ when we visited in 1993 – hard to deny or confirm, but it was huge – this is the bus station that serves the market.

Mercato, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1993 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Mercato, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1993 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

And finally (because I’ve already written about visiting Timbuktu, which is the place I always like to drop into any talks I do…), places in and around Jeruslaem, where we were making a video for a Christmas pack, tied in to a visit to Bolivia too. All I remember is that I had the worst flu ever on the day of the flight out, and took the entire trip to recover…

Dome on the Rock, Jerusalem, 1997 (?) :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Dome on the Rock, Jerusalem, 1997 (?) :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, 1997 (?) :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, 1997 (?) :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

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Looking for a star over Bethlehem, 1997 (?) :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

This was all in a bit of a lull in the region, and pre-wall – Christmas day will also feature a picture from Bethlehem, which almost certainly wouldn’t be possible now.

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

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