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Author Archives: jackierado

Violin Masterclass with György Pauk

One afternoon this spring, I found myself in a small practice room at the Royal Academy of Music in London, photographing a private masterclass led by György Pauk, Violin Professor at the Royal Academy and one of the greatest violinists of our time. During the masterclass, I was hugely impressed by the performances of his […]

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Nomads and Villagers on the Tibetan Plateau

It was in the middle of a photo expedition in Qinghai in the Tibetan Plateau, in May last year that we discovered we would soon be returning to live in the UK after over 12 years overseas. The contrast of cultures could hardly have been greater! I wanted make the most of the opportunity to […]

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A Second Chance in the Klongtoey Slums

Young Phet is one of the lucky ones. Now 2 years old, he is being raised by his great-grandmother, and growing up with the stability and support of family. His great-grandmother, Yai Phat (below left) lost two of her sons when they were young. One drowned in the river by the temple at the age […]

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Thailand Tattoo Festival

Nothing can fully prepare you for the crazed and frenzied activity of the Thailand Tattoo Festival or Wai Khru (‘honour the teacher’) ceremony at Wat Bang Phra temple. This extraordinary event takes place 50kms west of Bangkok and draws thousands of people each year, most notably those who make a living as policemen, soldiers or members […]

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Art and Flamenco in Sitges, Spain

Some days unfold in a way you could never predict. So it was one sleepy Sunday morning as I strolled through the cobbled streets of Sitges, near Barcelona. I had ventured out to capture the stillness of the streets before the throngs descended for the spectacular Festa Major later in the day. The narrow Calle […]

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Bhutan and Beyond

One of my favourite projects at the start of the year is planning travel for the coming months.   For those who like going off the beaten track, I can highly recommend Bhutan and the Bhutan dance festivals; and this is the perfect time to book a trip. Spectacular dance festivals run from February to April and […]

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Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai Kickboxing Saenchai has the presence and charisma of Mohammed Ali. I met him in July 2010 when I photographed the international Muay Thai tournament in Nakhon Pathom Stadium, Thailand. Eight nations were represented: Thailand, Japan, Spain, UK, USA, Iran, France and Germany. The meticulous preparation had elements of the physical, spiritual and ceremonial. […]

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Festa Major Sitges, Spain

Festa Major Sitges, Spain The Catalans know how to party. My trip to Europe this summer was rounded off perfectly with festivities and a feast of fine foods in the beautiful seaside town of Sitges, near Barcelona in the Catalonia region of north eastern Spain. The Festa Major is the annual feast day celebration at […]

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Update from Scotland

It’s been a while since I posted anything new on my blog and it’s definitely time for an update. Firstly, I’m delighted to be a contributor to the September 2010 issue of  Travel + Leisure magazine published throughout SE Asia.   A new selection of my Tokyo Fish Market images are featured as a portfolio collection […]

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Pattaya street workers find new beginnings

The day Khun Nok (below right) gave birth to her second baby, she had a choice.  She could send him upcountry to the poverty and hardship she faced as a child and return to work on the streets of Pattaya. Or she could stop working on the streets and keep her son – and therefore […]

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Eugene Eustaquio

Whenever he heard the sound of the organ as a young child, he cried at the beauty. There was no money for lessons and no access to a real instrument in his village in the Philippines, so he taught himself how to play by drawing a picture of a keyboard on paper and using it […]

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Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market

Gordon Gecko might look out of place in the middle of Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market, but there are plenty of things that would make him feel right at home. Like Wall St, the world’s largest fish market runs on a frenzy of activity and adrenaline, the most expensive of fish stocks changing hands as high-value […]

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Newborn photography

Newborn Photography Here we have Lynn Victoria at just two weeks old. I’d taken Steve and Katie’s maternity portraits not long before, and it was a joy to see them again and meet baby Lynn for an almost (!) newborn photography shoot. Celebrating the beginning of a new life, I was struck by the contrast […]

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Hope for the Elderly in the Bangkok Slums

Funny how you can see someone on a weekly basis for almost a year and have no idea what they do for a living. So it was with Linda Herrmann who I knew from choir, who is director of Project Life, a Bangkok slum charity in Thailand that seeks to help the poor and vulnerable […]

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Working Communities in Bangkok Chinatown

Mr Heng in Bangkok Chinatown is a most welcoming man. Not content with serving me home made juice and bottles of water, he took great care to brew and serve some reviving Oolong tea… perfectly timed at the point where I had grown weary and wandered down an enticing alleyway and towards his mechanic shop. […]

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