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You'll have to get up early if you want to get the better of Mauritius

It's absolutely true when they say that the light is best at sunrise and sunset.  Not just best, but magical.  In fact, when the sun is high in the sky and there's no cloud I don't even bother photographing outside; the light is just too contrasty and all my photos ... read more

Christian Saunders

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Two rolls a day...

When I was planning for the project here I had budgeted enough film to shoot two rolls a day. That's not a lot you might think, only 72 photos.  Hell, some people (myself included) shoot 72 photos in about five minutes on their digicams of their kids playing on swings ... read more

Christian Saunders

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Fixer (yes, that type of fixer)

I found a copy of National Geographic in English today at a bookstore in Tamarin, which had an inspiring and also very humbling story in it on Syria shot by Ed Kashi.  He spent only five weeks there and managed to produce at least 13 photos of Nat Geo quality, and god ... read more

Christian Saunders

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Fixer (not that type of fixer)

How does this story begin?   I had been extremely organised when it came to my preparation for this project; but unfortunately one thing has become a problem; my fixer.  Ilford fixer, that is.  The chemical, not some sycophantic helper.  I sent it via sea mail in August, and it ... read more

Christian Saunders

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On the dichotomy of Mauritians

We bought a car.  Not just any car, but a piece-of-crap car.  And not just any piece-of-crap car, but a French-piece-of-crap car, which, believe me, is the best type.  We bought it after contacting the seller through an ad they placed in the national newspaper, L'Express.  The ad read, roughly translated ... read more

Christian Saunders

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On bureaucracy and civil disobedience

Welcome to my (belated) first post from Mauritius. The reason it is so belated is because we have only just had our ADSL connected, a process that was estimated to take between two and fifteen working days, a comfortable, and you might say very Mauritian window in which to operate.  It took ... read more

Christian Saunders

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March 9, 2008 (At sea)

1134 hours I was thinking this morning about how people back home are probably going to ask me stories about my trip, and trying to figure out what might be of interest to tell them. I got charged by an elephant in South Africa. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims in a ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 8, 2008 (At sea)

2133 hours I’m sitting out on the 7th deck starboard side again tonight, watching the water and the lightning storm off in the distance. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this. I can’t see the moon, so it’s just inky blackness out there, but every once in awhile ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 7, 2008 (At sea)

2256 hours This song “When It All Comes Down” by Bonnie McKee has been stuck in my head all day, and it always makes me want to get up and dance when I hear it. So tonight after the community colleges were done and the sea meetings were over, I ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 4, 2008 (Mauritius)

2318 hours I really need to do a better job of remembering when I’m homesick just how much I’m going to miss this ship when I’m gone. I love the informal little traditions that have sprung up, like the frantic scramble the last night in port to get postcards written, ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 3, 2008 (Mauritius)

0124 hours I threw up on the bus this morning. We hadn’t even driven a mile, and for whatever reason, I really wasn’t feeling well, and within five minutes of meeting the people I’d be spending the day with, I went from “the brown-haired girl on the bus sitting in ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 2, 2008 (Mauritius)

0035 hours I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect in Mauritius, having not even heard of it before seeing it on the SAS itinerary, but Indian people speaking French sure wasn’t it. I mean, I knew that French was one of the official languages, and I knew a good chunk ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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