People and Places

Dadas at Kivokoni Fish Market in Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania

The Kivukoni Fish Market in Dar Es Salaam is always busy. Both inside and outside the market walls there are scores of people; inside fishermen and traders huddle together around the many different catches of the day, outside house dadas (house keeper) dressed in brightly printed kangas effortlessly balance buckets of fish on the heads, while they navigate the Tanzanian traffic jams of bejajs, piki-pikis, buses, taxis, bicycles and yet more people.

Smoking Shisha at Jabri House in Damascus

Tucked away in a maze of narrow alleyways in the Al-Qaymariya area of Damascus’s Old City, is my favourite restaurant in the whole world, Jabri House.  Jabri House (or Beit Jabri) is situated in the courtyard of an old Damascene house. People come here to have dinner, drink a cup of coffee, smoke narghile or to play cards, enjoying the large covered yard with its pond and cluster of gnarled jasmine and orange trees. It is one of the places where you can truly relax in Damascus.

Eating street food in Hanoi

Hanoi’s street food scene is a sensory overload with its mix of smells and tastes and is one of the freshest, healthiest and most flavourful cuisines in the world. Here you can eat alongside the locals and have an insight into Vietnamese culture.

Morning Commute in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania

When I worked in Dar es Salaam I used to catch the Kigamboni ferry. The passenger and car ferry is always packed to the gills and there is a lot of pushing and shoving as you pass through the gate to get on board. But once on board, there is a moment of calm, with the Indian Ocean stretching out before you, as the ferry crosses the Kurasini Creek towards central Dar. This women caught my eye as she elegantly sat waiting for her working day to start.

Street Market in Dar Es Salaam

Markets are a great place to people watch and to people sketch. Amid the hustle and bustle of a busy street market you can very quickly become invisible. And it is when you are invisible and unnoticed that people act naturally and you get to see snippets of real life. Busy, noisy, colourful and vibrant are the words I would use to describe the hustle and bustle of a street market in East Africa. This is my painting of one such market in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Women carrying water from Pushkah Lake

At sunrise every morning the people of Pushkah, in Rajasthan, India, and visiting pilgrims head down to the sacred Hindu site lake to bathe, wash or collect water. These women are carrying water from the lake up the 52 ghats, stone staircases, to the town..