Blog by Vietnam based documentary Photographer Christian Berg
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: Journalism, photography, Thailand, Travel
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I must say I really enjoy working on projects in Bangkok. For various reasons:

1) The city is incredibly photogenic. I have always been attracted to cities that have this kind of dystopian blade-runner feeling. Cities that seem to be build in the sky. Not only the highrises but inner city highways, walkways the skytrain etc. Layer upon layer an urban maze is created, and if it is the magic hour close before or after sunrise or sunset, when the natural light mixes with neon light and steam rises from the food stalls, the city simply blows me away.

2) This place is just full of stories that wait to be told. Happy and sad ones. Loud and quite stories. Small ones and big ones. I just shot a nice smaller story last weekend. Soon to be seen here or at least linked from here.

3) The city is definitely one of the pulsing cores of Southeast Asia. A gateway.

4) And if I am not shooting right now, there are always great people to catch up with.

5) I simply like to have a break from Saigon once in a while. Even though I am deeply in love with the Thanh Pho (Ho Chi Minh City) living in Southeast Asia always meant to me to be in more than one place.. If possible at the same time ;-)

6) I just started learning Thai and of course touching base here helps a lot in terms of motivation

7) ah, and this is of course also not photography related but I can actually buy clothes, books and graphic novels here… hard for me to do so in Saigon.

Here 3 images to get in the mood. More to come soon!

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categories: Architecture, Culture, Laos, photography, Travel
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A few images from the Khmer-style ruins of Wat Phu in Champasak, Laos.

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categories: Cambodia, Laos, photography, Travel
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While the for most of my journey the Mekong was basically slow, and big, and flat and empty lying under the humid sun I still managed to take a couple of more interesting images portraying the life along this river…

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categories: Cambodia, photography, Travel
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while I am working on new stories and longer posts some more shots from my recent trip along the Mekong. This time a bunch of portraits of kids that I shot in Kratie, Cambodia.

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and then I stumbled upon this cool temple…

Khmer Temple

Khmer Temple

Khmer Temple

Khmer Temple

categories: Cambodia, photography, Travel
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some more shots from my trip along the Mekong

Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham

categories: Cambodia, photography, Travel
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On the same island in the middle of the Mekong we also stopped by at the school of another village.

Here a few shots:

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categories: Cambodia, photography, Travel
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the first stop on my trip up the Mekong earlier this month was Kampong Cham Province in Cambodia. While the similar named town does not really have a lot to see it is a relaxed area of rural Cambodia. With a local guide I visited an island in the middle of the Mekong, and while there was a big Khmer population we also visited a Cham village. The Cham are a Muslim ethnic minority and their language is much closer related to Malay than Khmer.

Here a few portraits I took in the Cham village.