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Pete Marchetto
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Writer, photographer, actor, traveller
Writer, photographer, actor, traveller

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The bare bones of my site are now up, though hopefully with enough cartilage in there to make it worth the visit even now.  On-site comments would be welcome.  It'll be fleshed out in the months, (and years), to come.
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Photos from Guangzhou, Guangdong province.
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Places 2 - Mainland China
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I must apologise to everyone for announcing every single little photo upload I ever do. Most shameful of all was when, some months ago, I uploaded ten photos of Guangzhou airport. Did anyone care? Of course not. I realise now how wrong of me that was. I apologise profusely to you all. Just to make up for it, here are five more photos of Guangzhou airport.
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The '999 Bins' project arose from the idea of photographing the changing contents of the apartments' communal bins on the estate in which I live in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China.

A change in estate policy meant that, part-way through the project, the plain black bins were replaced by bright-blue wheelie bins with lids, and so the '591 Bins' project was born, already completed. Serendipity or sabotage? That's for the viewer to decide. Some will want more. Others will doubtless wonder why I ever started the project in the first place.

As I consider it now, I don't know whether to dismiss it all as misfiring synapses or to claim artistic pretensions. Though I started the project more in jest than in earnest, I am surprised by the result. The chance contents create their own colours and forms - nothing rearranged, all bins photographed 'as is' - and often, in the hanzi on product packages, odd cultural remnants, the preference for red plastic bags over white, there's something here that says 'China'.

Some things, too, may be seen to be universal. The tendency for more women's clothing to turn up in the bins than men's is suggestive of global shopping habits.

Different people, different responses. Some will find something interesting in the form and colour. Others may see within these bins the roots of some cultural study, or perhaps a philosophical statement upon the human condition in the early-21st century. Still others will smile as they think of a foreigner wandering a Chinese housing estate with a camera, bemusing the locals with his obsessive desire to immoralise their rubbish. Others still will question my judgement, if not my sanity, and swiftly retire.

These are yours now. Do with them as you will.

All photos 'as is' with no digital manipulation whatsoever.
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New photos alert - ignore if not interested.

82 new 'Illume'-style photos of Meimei.

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Models 5 - Meimei
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Lead letter in the Indie.  Can a Nobel Prize be far behind?
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Another photo upload - please ignore if not interested.

At last! Sabang, on Mindoro Island the climax of the Philippines trip. I hope to go back there, would relocate there in a moment if I could just wave a wand and do it.

Featured are my first ever underwater photos. I bought myself a Canon D10 for this some years ago, for some reason believing there'd be something to photograph in - literally in - Halong Bay, Vietnam. Sadly there wasn't.

The camera is old now, leaks a little and that hasn't helped some of the photos. Add to that a wrong camera setting for a bunch of 'em, not being able to see the camera viewer clearly through the snorkeling mask, fast-moving fish and low light causing things to blur and a lot of the photos leave something to be desired. Usually I'd not have put those photos up, but hey... these are my first coral-and-fish photos and I want to share as many as possible. Most of 'em are fine.

So... a few hundred from underwater, a few hundred of Sabang and its surroundings. Get there if you can...
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Places 6 - The Philippines
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Places 6 - The Philippines
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Places 5 - Mainland China, Guangxi, Guilin 3
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Another circulated email for those who care, ignore it if you don't.

Ten more photos uploaded of Guangzhou airport.

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Yeah, I know, no one cares. Okay, fair enough.

Philippines photos to follow later, though, just uploading everything chronicillogically.
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