Monthly Archives: January 2014

Preserving the Ancient – Thangka Painting

Preserving the ancient form of Buddhist Painting, the Thangka. I was fortunate enough to speak with a 14th generation grand master of this ancient art form and his apprentice on how it has changed in his lifetime and the importance of its preservation.

Preserving the Ancient – Thangka Painting from Damian Caniglia on Vimeo.

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Karma Coffee – Kathmandu Nepal

If you love your coffee, and are passionate about supporting local communities, then Karma Coffee is a place you must visit the next time you travel to Nepal…..

Karma Coffee – Kathmandu Nepal from Damian Caniglia on Vimeo.

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Mt Cook New Zealand

A trip earlier this year with my partner to New Zealand was our first opportunity to have a holiday together. Even though I am away so much for work, often overseas and interstate, it is rare we are able to spend so much time together relaxing and travelling. It was fantastic to say the least. With our first 6 days on the North Island, I must admit I was looking forward to the South and heading into the real mountains, New Zealand’s famous Southern Alps.

Local farms near Mt Cook, shrowded in mist as the sun rises in early morning

Local farms near Mt Cook, shrowded in mist as the sun rises

Of course spending 3 days around Mt Cook was one of many highlights with varied weather from perfect with no clouds to wind rain and all good things the Southern Island of NZ can offer. As is usually the case, bad weather often allows for good images. I have seen many times people pack up there bags and call it a day when things are less than perfect. This part of the trip though was a healthy reminder of persisting just that little bit more and waiting to see what would eventuate. A lesson I had learnt well in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales a few years earlier while covering a climbing festival.

Lowere ridges of Mt Cook nder heavy rain.

Lower ridges of Mt Cook under heavy rain.

While many of us flock to the commonly well known ‘tourist’ areas, myself included, it is always worth having a camera being handy as weather can play a significant role in obtaining images that no-one else has.

Mt Cook under heavy cloud and high winds.

Mt Cook under heavy cloud and high winds.

So the healthy lesson/reminder for this trip was when the weather is less than perfect, keep shooting, as long as you come home with a camera that is still operational!!

Rare clear skies and star trails over Mt Cook in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Rare clear skies and star trails over Mt Cook in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Heavy weather over the Southern Alps

Heavy weather over the Southern Alps

Sun streams through a light rain shower over the Southern Alps New Zealand

Sun streams through a light rain shower over the Southern Alps New Zealand

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