Blog by Vietnam based documentary Photographer Christian Berg
categories: photography, society, Thailand
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Tongphoon Wilaijai (39 years old) “I am working here since 9-10 years. With this job I can make good money and this makes my family happy too. If people use our services they not only get transport but can also see beautiful women with a sweet smile.”

categories: photography, society, Thailand
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Ubol Suktes (57 years old) from Uttaradit works in the Win since 13 years. “My children do not want me to work here anymore, but I like this job. I do not like to have a boss. I funded my children’s university degrees with this work.”

categories: Culture, photography, society, Thailand
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Last September I was in Bangkok to work on a story about women as motorbike taxi drivers. While it was published in the German media in the meantime I will take the chance to post the whole series of portraits here in the following weeks…

Motorbike taxis are a common means of public transport in the urban chaos of Bangkok. Organized in groups, so called “Win”, like the arms of an octopus they reach out from the main roads to bring their passengers deeper into the maze of smaller roads, the “Soi”, where no other public transport (Skytrain or Buses) go.

While driving a motorbike taxi is usually a male domain, there is one group of motorbike taxis that is known as “Win Pak Daeng” or “Win of the red lips”. More than 20 housewives, most of them married to soldiers work here together to earn some extra cash for the family household.

Despite occasional moments of discrimination or even harassment through male clients all of the women are very proud to be part of this group and enjoy the work. The great level of independence they have being their own boss is probably the major reason for them to brave the cities burning sun and tropical rains every day again. Being amongst friends is another one.







categories: Cambodia, photography
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When I visited the Angkor Photo Festival last year I also had the chance to stroll around through the streets of Siem Reap and around… here a few shots of encounters outside the ruins of Angkor.











categories: beyond, New Zealand, photography, Travel
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View from Mount Eden - Auckland
View from Mount Eden – Auckland

 

Church in Downtown Auckland
Church in Downtown Auckland
Downtown Auckland
Muriwai Beach
Muriwai Beach
Muriwai Beach

 

Waterfront Mission Bay - Auckland
Waterfront Mission Bay – Auckland
Piha Beach
Piha Beach
Wynyard Quarter – Auckland
Wynyard Quarter – Auckland
View from Mount Eden - Auckland
View from Mount Eden – Auckland
categories: beyond, New Zealand, photography, Travel
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There are not many places further away from Germany, yet in many ways New Zealand feels closer than lots of the stuff in between. You travel around the world to find an odd mirror image with Summer in Winter and traffic on the other side, buildings a bit more on the side of how I imagine America. Not really a reflection though. Of course this comparison is a bit silly, but still, that was my first impression. However what was more important for me is that the place radiates calm for me. Being based in one of Asia’s most busy cities (Saigon) I did not realize how much I was craving for peace, nature, fresh air and calm. Being probably my first “long” (over 2 weeks) true holiday in years I think it really gave me a chance to re-charge my batteries. I did not shoot much, more absorbing the country, the land in other ways. Nevertheless a few images here…

Bay of Islands with a glass of Chardonnay
Cape Reinga – end of the land, where Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide

 

Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet at Cape Reinga

 

Cape Reinga

 

Cape Reinga

 

Paihia – Bay of Islands

 

Russel – Bay of Islands

 

Coromandel Town – harbour

 

Wild landscape off the beaten track

 

Mount Taranaki

 

Seaspray House (hostel) in New Plymouth

 

Coromandel Peninsula

 

categories: photography, Singapore
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The Straits of Malaka is crowded with ships. Seen from the airplane while descending to Singapore’s Changi airport.