Category: Politics & Society


Jun
23
2020
How Georgia Abolished its Police Richard Pendavingh 23.06.20

The police were the first Georgians I met. Arriving in the capital, Tbilisi, at ten to midnight there were police officers waiting on the tarmac.

Jun
03
2020
American Stormtroopers Richard Pendavingh 03.06.20

Back in 2015 Amazon unveiled a promotional campaign for their TV adaptation of Philip K. Dick's famous novel The Man in the High Castle.

Apr
14
2020
Welcome to the Elephit House Richard Pendavingh 14.04.20

I knew it was going to be bad. I'd read all the one and two star reviews and looked at the pictures of weird murals and overgrown gardens but I kept circling back to the listing every time I looked for accommodation on Kauai.

Apr
13
2020
Violence in the Aloha State Richard Pendavingh 13.04.20

I knew that Hawaii was part of America but I still didn't expect it to be so American.

Jan
25
2020
Remembering Cummeragunja Richard Pendavingh 25.01.20

Studying Australian history often feels more like uncovering some sprawling conspiracy. Buried underneath all the accounts of white explorers, convicts, bushrangers, miners and diggers is a vast bedrock of black history. The more you dig the more connections you find but the full story always seems to remain hidden.

Jul
03
2018
The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant
Atomkraft? Nein Danke Richard Pendavingh 03.07.18

As a nation with a large reserve of uranium but no nuclear energy industry Australia is periodically subject to op-ed pieces designed to drum up support for a domestic nuclear power industry.

Jan
18
2017
The Women of Rojava Richard Pendavingh 18.01.17

Photos by Asmaa Waguih and Joey Lawrence of Kurdish fighters provide a face for a revolution that is quietly taking place behind the front lines of the war with ISIS.

Sep
20
2016
Unfinished Business Richard Pendavingh 20.09.16

Our first day on the bikes took us up the west coast from Negombo to Puttallam. It was a busy stretch of road and we were still a few days away from getting comfortable with the traffic so progress was slow.

Sep
11
2016
Sea Tigers of the LTTE Richard Pendavingh 11.09.16

In a lagoon north of Mullaitivu is a gold-painted 'victory monument'. It presides over the area where the 'Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam' (LTTE) made their last stand against the Sri Lankan army in 2009.

Aug
26
2016
Conflicting Stories in Sri Lanka Richard Pendavingh 26.08.16

A couple of chance encounters highlighted the dueling narratives of Sri Lankan history and the tensions that still remain following the end of the civil war.

Apr
21
2015
Osaka and the Dekasegi Richard Pendavingh 21.04.15

I met my first talkative local wandering Osaka looking for the famous Umeda Sky building.

Mar
20
2015
The Nagakin Capsule Tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa
Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo Richard Pendavingh 20.03.15

The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo is a run-down testament to the ambition of some of Japan's most celebrated post-war architects.

Mar
12
2015
The Dogs and Demons of Joetsu Richard Pendavingh 12.03.15

The small coastal city of Joetsu on Japan's north coast highlights some of the problems facing modern Japan.

Feb
25
2015
Kyoto, Japan’s Spiritual Capital Richard Pendavingh 25.02.15

The old capital of Kyoto is home to about 1600 temples and countless smaller shrines.

Sep
12
2014
China’s Firewall and the Siku Quanshu Richard Pendavingh 12.09.14

The National Library of China holds an artifact that represents what must be the most ambitious attempt to control information in history.

Aug
30
2014
A neon box-canyon in Yanta district of Xi'an.
China’s Frenemies Richard Pendavingh 30.08.14

Beijing incorporates all of the contradictions of Chinese society.

Aug
18
2014
Mt Huashan, China Richard Pendavingh 18.08.14

Huashan is a mountain located  about 120 kilometres east of Xi'an- China's old capital.  It's home to some very dicey walking tracks, a really spectacular set of cable cars, a tea house perched on a cliff face and a photo studio with some genuine occupational health and safety issues.

Aug
12
2014
Workers outside a department store in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Chengdu & the Chinese Dream Richard Pendavingh 12.08.14

The entry point for my brief tour of China was the southern Province of Sichuan-famed for its incredibly spicy food and baffling theatrical performances.  I flew into the capital Chengdu at the start of October and explored the city between bouts of rain before venturing out into the nearby mountains.

Nov
27
2013
Ceres Valley, South Africa Richard Pendavingh 27.11.13

Another bleary-eyed morning spent rock-hopping in the pre-dawn light to get to a vantage point before sunrise.

Sep
30
2013
Golden Horn ferry
Istanbul Richard Pendavingh 30.09.13

Photos of the streets and waterways around the old Turkish capital.

Jun
02
2013
Taksim Square Protests, Part II Richard Pendavingh 02.06.13

The previous set of photos was taken on Istiklal avenue approaching Taksim Square.