For 2019 I plan to take a photo a day. I take plenty of photos anyway, but these will be on one camera at a time, and of whatever works on that day.
• Camera 1 (January 1 – February 8): Kodak disposable (with flash).
Hamburg, New Year 2018/19
48 hours in a German city, centred around a huge port and its seedy accoutrements. 48 hours of walking around.
The UAE is cross-crossed by roads through the desert. The mosques and shops, and even farms and homes beside these roads are lit so people will notice them. But often there is little else around, leaving them as beacons of light in a sea of emptiness.
Cuba, summer 2016. President Obama has just visited the island and it is preparing for an influx of American tourists as it opens up to its neighbour once again. Raoul Castro is still in power, and his brother Fidel is alive. The country is full of hope for economic growth and regeneration, but also of trepidation that it may become Americanised and begin to lose its identity.
Every Friday (except during Ramadan) in Dubai, Pakistani men gather in a sand lot to watch kushti wrestling. The aim is to put your opponent on his back within a ring of wet sand. If the wrestlers move outside the ring, they will pause and take up the same position inside. Occasionally they stop to pour sand on each other to improve their grip, or to wipe the sand out of their eyes. There is no (visible) betting, but the spectators donate small notes and coins to the winner of each bout.
Photographs taken by a much younger Austyn, the films found and processed years later.
People shopping and selling – and doing other things – in markets around the world.
The Banana Skin Project
Banana skins abandoned by people, photographed where they are found.