A few samples of where Ewen's photography has appeared in the media. Apologies in advance that this page is hard to keep up to date, but you'll see a good smattering of styles here, images taken from every continent on the globe and published in some of my favourite outlets. Inflight magazines. Sunday papers. Gourmet glossies. Lifetstyle editorial. Adventure and beyond.
BHUTAN / Food & Travel UK
This feature was a big deal for me, it was my first writing assignment for F&T and it was one of my favourite places to travel. Naturally I had a great collection of images from nearly a decade of travel in Bhutan, but we in the end most of the images were from my most recent journey. Big thanks to Tshering and Rinzi for their help too.
FIJI / Food & Travel UK
My first big gig with Melbourne based writer Michael Harden, we headed into the wild unknown of the Fijian Islands in search of gourmet excellence. We found plenty to please our appetite and editorial requirements. This is not the Fiji you may have heard of, there are no discount family tickets here, just some amazing food and fabulous chefs.
MELBOURNE / Food & Travel UK
One of my favourite culinary adventures and one of the best looking magazines in the world. Food & Travel is a true joy to photograph for because they do everything in such delicious detail, in true style and with a passion for the final result. Recently I had the chance to bring FTUK to Melbourne, what an absolute joy to share my home town with the world.
Cook Islands / Vacations & Travel
I could publish a hundred photo essays on Cook Islands and still only cover a fraction of it's beauty. Aitutaki is the jewel in the crown, and maybe the most beautiful island in the entire world. Big claim, but not without foundation. #happyplaces
Macau / Vacations & Travel
This was my second story on Macau for V&T and I thank the editorial team for letting me write a story that is rich in the Chinese culture. I don't like what the casinos have done to Macau, and I didn't rate the Portugese dining up against the traditional Chinese cuisine. I loved my wonton soup for breakfast on the streets though, that's my Macau. #happyplaces
Tiwi Islands / Silk Winds
I've been travelling to the Tiwi Islands for a decade now, going back and seeing the community grapple with social justice and working hard to retain their identity. I was thrilled to have an opportunity to see my photos from Tiwi go into Silk Winds. #happyplaces
AUCKLAND / Food & Travel UK
Auckland is a unique gem, a modest city that is graced by immense natural beauty and surrouded by some stunning travel and gourmet experiences. Somewhere I really want to go back to.
COOK ISLANDS / Food & Travel UK
A good friend of mine has been telling me about Cook Islands for years... but now I understand. Pacific Island culture with Kiwi Dollars and the best of both worlds. I love it.
TASMANIA / Food & Travel UK
Tasmania is home to some of Australia's most inspired gourmet experiences, and loveliest people. I run a workshop in Hobart every year and it never fails to deliver on everything that makes food great. Shooting this series for FTUK was an absolute joy.
NELSON / Food & Travel UK
One of the lesser known treasures on the South Island, Nelson is rich in charm and gifted for great gourmet treats. The highlight of this trip for me was watching one of the locals create a 20m wide work of art on the low-tide sand. All things are impermanent.
KAKADU / Silk Winds
One of the great charms of Silk Winds as a publication is that they still do photo essays, and usually really really beautiful ones. So I didn't blink at the chance to share a collection of Australian wildlife from the Top End.
Nepal / Kathmandu / Silk Winds
As a photgrapher I always like to see my work in print, it's a buzz even after all these years. Silk Winds is one the prettiest inflight magazines around and I was chuffed to have a gentle moment from Nepal featured as a double spread. They're jsut two school girls about to head off through the rice fields, but for me it's everything you need to know about Kathmandu Valley. #happyplaces
Australia / Wild Arnhem Land / Australian Traveller
Everybody raves about the wilderness of Kakadu but if go keep heading a little further off the map you find an even more precious place to travel. Arnhem Land hides some of the most remarkable rock art in the world, and has all the wild creatures you'll find in Kakadu and possibly a few more.
Antarctica / The Penguin Passage / Australian Traveller
The journey south into the Australian Antarctic regions is not for the faint hearted. Dramatic ocean currents slam into an underwater ridge and toss our little ship in all directions. The rewards are magnificent, time on the beach with penguins. Royals, Kings and Adelies feature in this photo essay of life deep down below. Flipping fantastic.
France / Bikes in Bourgogne / Vacations & Travel
Anyone who lives in Burgundy know their grape-growing slopes in remarkable detail, and they credit the land with much of the character in the finished bottle of wine. The word they use is Terroir, which encapsulates the qualities of the soil, the impact of micro-climate on the terrain and the consistent character imparted to the wines over many decades. So important is Terroir to the wine connoisseurs of France that only a fraction of the "personality" attributed to a vintage is credited to other factors. The wine makers job is to simply let the Terroir speak.
Laos / Golden Mekong / Holidays for Couples
There is no place in Asia quite the same as Luang Prabang. Once the spiritual centre of the Lao people the town has retained its dedication to the monks and their traditions. As dusk approaches on the Mekong the smoke filled horizon causes the sun to turn orange, flooding the golden temples and their saffron robed residents awash with colour. This is my favourite place in Asia.
Central Victoria / Straight from the Ovens / Australian Traveller
Deep in the heart of Central Victoria the Ovens Valley is home to European traditions, fine cuisine and locally inspired produce that need not travel far to go from farmgate to dinner plate. I interviewed three of the best chefs the Ovens has to offer and met some of their home grown producers who keep the kitchen pantry fresh with flavour.
Kenya / Samburu Safari / Vacations & Travel
Africa is a special destination for any photographer, but some places stick in your memory better than others. Samburu is home to one of Africa's more modest game parks that has not the fame of the Serengeti, has not the drama of Victoria Falls or the romance of Okevango Delta. But it has some of the most beautifil species of Zebra, elegent antelopes and sweet little deer called dik diks. It's also named after the Samburu people who have a special connection withe land and its wildlife.
Australia / Echuca / Rex Inflight
In recent years I've been lucky enough to work with Tourism Victoria on a range of villages and destinations. One of my favourites has been Echuca and the lovely paddle steamers on the Murray River.
National and Syndicated / Links to the online versions of feature articles that have appeared in nationally across Australia with Fairfax and News Ltd travel sections...
The Snow Men in Swedish Lapland
Cook Islands with Vacations & Travel
Where the Elephant is King
For the Love of Elephants
Northern Lights in Norway and Sweden
Ice and Spice in Stockholm
Swimming with the Whales in Tonga
World's Greatest Photographic Destinations
Jokkmokk Winter Market - Sweden
Streets of Yangon - Myanmar
Swimming with Minkes - Great Barrier Reef
Polar Bears on Wrangel Island - Russia
Kingdom in the sky - Bhutan
Cable from Luzern - Switzerland
The Great Barrier Reef - Australia
Billy Law Gourmet Tour - Malaysia
Rattling Red Train - Moscow
Sky High Cycling - Nepal
Diving out of Sight - Sulawesi
Jumbo Set in Laos - The Elephant Express
The Truth About Ducks and Geese
Southern Ocean Adventure
Mornington Cycle & Wine
A Baguette For My Basket
Pedalling in Provence
Trekking with the Llamas
Something Fishy in Bergen
Laneways of Melbourne
Reindeers are Racing
Summer Adventures in Lappland
Asia's Best Eats on the Street
Secrets of the Panda
Elephant in my Tuk Tuk
Tea Time in Hong Kong
More Zen for your Yen
Flowers of Hanoi
Cheetahs on the Run
Unique RT Trips
Kayaks on the Katherine
Wings of a butterfly in Vietnam
Penang's flavours of Asia
Seduced by Santorini
Sailing the Greek Islands
Blooming in Borneo
A decade of publications in the travel media. I loved this part of my life, learning the art of travel and getting just a little too familiar with the industry behind it. I had a good run. I still dabble in the travel media when inspiration grabs me.
Ewen's work is currently featured in the image libraries for Tourism Australia, Tourism Victoria, Tourism NT and Visit Helsinki. Most of his current images are online and searchable for editors and publishers, a collection numbering in excess of 50,000 images. Please contact Ewen directly to obtain the link and access codes. In the meantime...
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Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."