Having lived, worked and travelled in South-east and Southern Asia and
Indo-China for many years my fascination with the different, and sometimes
quaint, has taken me on a journey to discover just what it is About Asia.
It would probably be relatively easy to portray the developing world in a
negative and disparaging light. The ravages of recent, often brutal
conflict, wide-spread poverty and the inequities resulting from inadequate
governance can provide ample and dramatic fodder for the reporter.
But this book is not about those things. And while it is never my intention
to put a gloss on reality or to blur the truth, I set out to show that,
despite the many impediments to progress, as defined in western terms,
there is much to that we can learn from, and much to be appreciated about
life in these regions.
In the spirit of good, professional reportage, I have strived to be fair.
Situations that may appear to us as sad, quaint or at times humorous, I
have always tried to depict through positive images. Above all I have
endeavoured to bring you, the audience, enlightening, informative and sound
144 pages of really good photography of real life in Asia. Those already
familiar with these parts will no doubt find more than a few "Aha's" within
these pages and those yet to experience Asia will surely be charmed and
enchanted by many of my subjects and the places that are their homes.