Bangladesh Travel Diary: Adapting To Life in Bangladesh 

Adapting to life in Bangladesh
I have spent the last few days here in the capital Dhaka learning about living in the harsh conditions and getting to know the team I’ll be working with. We will be heading north next week to start working with communities to improve their quality of life through workshops and events, while  we’re doing that I’ll also be documenting our adventures.

Part of the team here in Bangladesh (I’m in the stripy top)

Before we head off for what is sure to be a sick-inducing 8 hour journey on Bangladesh’s rocky roads I have been adapting to life here in Asia.

The biggest difference is of course the heat! Being British I am used to summers being around 25 degrees (if we’re lucky) yet it is autumn here and at night it is still over 27 degrees. I am constantly hot and the tiniest tasks make me sweat. But I’ve found taking a shower just 4 times a day seems to sort out the sweatiness.

One of our mosquito nets

I have also been adjusting to wearing a scarf at all times, apart from when I asleep. But I enjoy being part of the culture and fitting in a little more. Although it’s very awkward when your scarf accidentally dips into someone’s tea!

I always underestimate the annoyance of mosquitoes and this time it was no different. Within the first day my legs were covered in super itchy bites despite the fact I covered myself in smelly mosquitoes repellant. But I have been washing them with cold water which really helps them to heal quickly.

Yesterday we witnessed our first thunder storm, it would’ve been incredible had I not just put out my newly handwashed clothes onto the balcony.. but it was still great to watch as the cooling rain lashed down. Although it did cause a 3 hour power cut!

It is going to be a busy few days travelling and settling into my new home but I will be updating the blog where possible and taking loads of photos!

You can find me over on Instagram @madisonbeachphotos or on my website

Playing to the Gallery

My latest project is a little different to my normal street photography/ documentary style photography but I really enjoyed putting it together and shooting it.

Each image represents an idiom.

So here it goes, my latest project ‘Playing to the Gallery’..


Here are the images with the idioms in their captions..




Ones To Watch:Part I 

Free Range is a brilliant free event showcasing photography graduates from around the UK. Here I have managed to narrow down all the great work to a few of my favourites. Please check out their websites/show them some love;

Benjamin Rowland/

Connie Campbell/Connie

Tobias May/

Omar Khaleel/

Jessica Ashley Stokes/

Sophie Collins/

Silvija Prokopaite/

Klaudia Morgalla/

Paulina Nartowicz/

Free Range is on (At the old Truman brewery, Shoreditch) until mid-July with new graduate work on show every week so give it a visit if you’re near-by! 


Tourists of Buckingham Palace

On my way to meet with friends in Central London I passed Buckingham Palace. I ended up taking photos that i’m really pleased with, I am thinking about starting a series ‘Tourists of Buckingham Palace’ take a look and let me know what you think. Also suggest any other landmarks you would like to see photographed!


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Learn from the Masters: René Burri

Im teaming up with Pier over at to bring you this post. Rene Burri was one of the first photographers I was inspired by when I first started studying photography. Pier has written this great post all about learning from Burri’s talents.

phppi street photography

I have decided to start a new photography series: “Learn from the Masters”. I would like to introduce you to some of the most iconic photographers, who have shaped modern photojournalism, street photography and photo documentary. I believe that nothing will help you to improve as photographers as learning from the masters of this art and taking them as a reference point.

Every article will describe the life and achievements of each photographer and will be concluded by the lessons that we can learn from each master.


Rene Burri was born in Zürich, Switzerland in 1933. His passion for arts and filmmaking led him to enrol into the School of Applied Arts in his native city.

Interestingly, even though this great artist is well-known for his photographic work, Burri started his career as a video maker. He worked as a documentary film maker first and as a cameraman for…

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Using a blur in photography

Just because you can’t see the finer details of an image it doesn’t mean it can’t tell a story. Using blur (in-camera or photoshop) can be a great tool to use. You can use blurred images in a range of ways; in a photographic series to create a small break, as a photobook cover so it doesn’t detract attention from the title or to allow the viewer to connect the dots. It can also make colour ‘pop’ and shapes stand out. Its a really simple concept that can be really effective, just maybe don’t blur all the images!



Photography Basics and Street Photography: Shutter Speed

A great advantage of running a photography blog is the people you meet and seeing so much brilliant work that inspires you. Recently Pier got in touch via the comments section and we have now exchanged work and blog posts. This is a great way to stay motivated espcially when you are in a creative rut.  Todays blog post comes from Pier and it’s a great read, its all about making use of the shutter speed options. Follow him on his blog or over on Instagram @phppi_official

phppi street photography

I have decided to write a few articles on the most basic aspects of photography, which will become natural as you start mastering this art. However, I remember struggling with them when I first started – and I guess that most of us have a similar experience.

This series is called: ‘Photography Basics’ and will be divided into four main parts: shutter speed, aperture, ISO and composition. I will try to cover the fundamental concepts and see how they can be applied to street photography especially.

Today, I am going to talk about the shutter speed, which is a fundamental variable to master and can open up to many artistic opportunities.

First of all, the shutter is a curtain placed just in front of the sensor – or film. Depending on the time it stays opened, it will let more or less light come through and hit the sensor or film. Therefore…

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