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Richard uses the camera to observe and to learn. 'The more you can train your eyes to see like they do when they look through the lense of a camera, the more you can appreciate all the subtle things, details and people around you.' For Richard, the camera also makes a great friend and travel companion, and an effective way to meet people.

Richard is a graphic designer and art director currently based in London, UK. For more information on any of the work or projects displayed, please contact Richard using the details here.

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Baltoro
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Pakistan, 2012

The Baltoro glacier is located high up in Karakoram range of the Pakistani Himalayas. It forms a large part of the only route to K2 basecamp on the south side. 15 nights under canvas & 16 days on the rubble gets you to and from a place called Concordia. Here two of the world's biggest glaciers meet, and on a clear day four of the world's 8,000m peaks lie waiting.

Bangoras
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Guatemala

A country with lots of men in lots of hats. This style would never work in England.

Barcelona
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2008

The typical Spanish breakfast consists of a cigarette and a shot of hot coffee. Then it's time for a long in Barcelona.

Before the TT
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Isle of Man, 2007

We visited to photograph John McGuiness and his HM Plant Honda the same year he became the 1st rider to break the 130 mph average speed milestone over the 37 mile Snaefell Mountain Course.

Here in the race paddock we found a special atmosphere where riders build their own bikes, and spare parts are protected by the spare duvet.

Bus Stops
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London

There aren't many cities in the world where there are so many fascinating collections of people briefly sharing the same space and same moment in time. London's bus stops bring these people together. For the few seconds these people congregate, how they take ownership of that space, and how they arrange themselves is often better than anything an art director could ever replicate.

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Carretera Austral
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N Patagonia, S Chile

In 2008 I took a bicycle to Chile to ride some 680km south from Puerto Montt to Coyhaique on a road called the Carretera Austral. The route takes you through two large areas of temperate rainforest, and at the time was 75% unpaved gravel.

Despite the notoriusly wet and windy weather, the route is rated as one of the great roadtrips still possible in this world. The wilderness is big, the farm dogs are scary, and the horse flys chase you down like they've been sent from the future. The people are also incredibly friendly - don't be surprised if people offer you a lift everytime you try to stop for a wee.

Charles de gaulle
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Travellator series

5 minutes on a travellator in Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

GUA
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Guatemala - Western Highlands

 

In Guatemala getting around by public transport is cheap. A local explained to me catching a chicken bus out here is a bit like an extreme sport... ¨getting the bus on 2 wheels... no problem,¨ he exclaimed. I didn't experience anything this extreme, however you can tell exactly who's asleep on the bus, because they're the ones who end up on the floor when it goes go round a sharp bend.

Places featured here include Chichicastenango and the Fiesta de Santa Thomas. Lago de Atitlan - famously described by Aldous Huxley as the 'most beautiful lake in the world'; and Antigua, the old capital.

Haute Savoie
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Morzine, Montriond & beyond

Every summer the skiers clear out of this part of the world. Leaving behind a scene of lush green fields, filled with a mix of retired mushroom pickers, young families, and body armour clad downhillers.

India
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2010

Candid portraits mingled with images from Bangalore, Hampi, Mysore and Munaar.

IRHT
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I ran here today

London's roads and pavements are a canvas for every runner. These are samples from an ongoing project.

See more photos & stories @ I ran here today.

Japan
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2008

Tokyo - Hiroshima - Osaka - Kyoto - Tokyo. The land of the small detail.

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La Suisse
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Saas Fee

The resort of Saas Fee isn't the most famous. But tucked away in a corner of the Valais region, surrounded by 14,000ft peaks such as the Monte Rosa, Dom, Taschorn, Alphubel and Allalinhorn, it has an inescapable charm, and lacks the crowds of it's more notorious competiors.

Shooting shoots 1
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Hondamentalism

A tour of the UK, meeting and photographing young and passionate racers with their machines, travelling with friend and photographer Peer Lindgreen.

Images here include Shelley Jory, a powerboat racer based in Southampton. The team at Aerial Atom based in Somerset. John McGuiness preparing for his record breaking year at the Ilse of Mann TT. And the mechanics behind DH world champion Greg Minaar and his Honda RN-01, in the Ae Forest, Scotland. You can see examples of the final work here.

Shooting Shoots 2
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Shanghai, 2009

Shanghai is a city which was built for the camera. I travelled here on shoot with two of my favourite photographers: Klaus Thymann, at the time assisted by Paul Calver.

Tuk Tuk
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India

You're never far from a tuk tuk in India, and they're never far from tuk tuk in front, or the pedestrian they nearly just ran over.

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Email:
rzhooker@gmail.com

Twitter:
@dick.hooker

Tel:
00 447790 902 685