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Reportage in Timor Leste

hello again everyone..

I’ve been commissioned to travel to East Timor (Timor Leste) for a series of charity groups in Australia. My images are to be presented at a charity event and later as a (hopefully traveling) exhibition.

Whilst I know the security situation is sketchy, I’m wondering if any other LS members have traveled there recently or in the past so as to give me some bearing on things like the average costs of accommodation, lodging and such. I have fairly high contacts in the government which means press passes and the like shouldn’t be hard to attain, but do I need them? Are there any pitfalls people fell into when traveling there that I could be made aware of? Are there any worthwhile contacts (guides and such) that people can recommend?

Secondly, my images are primarily geared towards charity promotion. I will spend as much time as I can (close to a month) traveling throughout the countryside. From a practical standpoint, it seems simpler to shoot film, seeing as there will most likely be very little power / computer facilities. As well as this, I’ll be shooting people mostly, and my 1ds mkII and 1V might be a bit of overkill for the project, as well as being too big and too heavy to lug around.
My thoughts then turn to a rangefinder. I’ve had limited experience with them – some toying with my yashica 35 – but I’m concerned at it’s lack of optical quality over my EF setup. Thus I’ve been flirting with the idea of a Leica M7 with a 35mm f2 lens for quite some time, I can get one relatively cheaply (around AU$6000 for a new setup) but the cost is a factor. Can anyone tell me wether, through their experience, they’ve had to make a similar tradeoff?
Does the investment in a leica setup seem worth it? I don’t doubt it would be a camera with me for life.

Anyway, I feel as if Im ranting a little. The trip is in it’s early planning stages as I’m looking to travel in the june – august period, so there’s no urgency in my questions.

Thanks in advance.
Luka.

by Luka Kauzlaric at 2008-01-31 02:42:47 UTC (ed. Jun 19 2008 ) Melbourne , Australia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

why not try a less expensive leica opton like an m4p or m42 or the like. alan chin, a lightstallker is really the guy to ask about this stuff. you might also consider old olympus stuff. very good quality and you can get it pretty cheap nowadays. just a thought.

by Kenneth Dickerman | 31 Jan 2008 04:01 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
I personally (when it comes to film bodies and lenses – not so much DSLRs) believe that it’s worthwhile buying the best gear first off, if it’s something that’s going to last. Buying some old equipment only means I’ve spend money on something that will not give me the opportunity to get the best results (equipment doesn’t make the photographer, I know that), will become redundant and take up more of my time reselling – probably at a loss – before I buy the best. Hence why I only mentioned the M7.

Thanks for the input though.

by Luka Kauzlaric | 31 Jan 2008 04:01 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Hi Luka,
Well done on the commission. I would suggest getting in touch with Glenn Campbell he’s a LS member based in Darwin.
The M7 is a great camera particularly for the sort of work you are looking at. The only issue you will face is scanning. If you have that sorted then there is no problem. Travelling with one small camera an a pile of film is a bllody good thing.

by Matt Newton | 31 Jan 2008 10:01 | Tasmania, Australia | | Report spam→
I love Leicas but the M7 had some problems with the light metering. I had to service it. I am not sure about the weather sealing so since you mentioned the 1V which has indeed excellent weather sealling why don’t you take that with two lences either the 24-70 2.8L and the 35mm 1.4L or the 35mm 1,4L and the 50mm or 80mm if you are planing to make some portaits?
But then again a Leica is a Leica so… but having both I find the AF much nicer in some cases.

by [former member] | 31 Jan 2008 11:01 | Pristina, Kosovo | | Report spam→
luka; oh, how can i resist a post about a guy wanting to purchase a film leica camera! :) a nice change from the ‘selling leica M6 and other accessories’ type posts.

luka, the M7/35 2.0 lens combination is all you need. that is all i use, and used it on these stories:

http://www.photoshelter.com/gallery-show?G_ID=G0000St6x7nZkufo

http://www.photoshelter.com/gallery-show?G_ID=G0000rMeLBBLznR8

http://www.photoshelter.com/gallery-show/G000084ZbDjp2OOU

amongst others.

so, i think that you should be fine :) trust me, autofocus is seriously over rated. and this new fangled 51-point weirdness, (hey, the human eye only has one point and seems to work fine for me most of the day :)) ) is just distracting people towards tech-weenie behavior :)

buy the M7 and the 35/2 and prepare to sleep with it and caress it all day.

…..um……what? doesn’t everyone do that? why are you looking at me like that? its not weird? my doctor said i could….he did……he said until the medication was not stopped i could….its normal….i know it is!!!!!!!

asim

by [former member] | 31 Jan 2008 11:01 | stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→
Ah, thanks for the feedback regarding the camera:

Matt, Scanning is defiantly going to be an issue. I should have written it in my first post… I’ve been looking at this scanner: http://www.roadmogul.com.au/epson-perfection-v700-photo-b11b178025-p-8526.html and yes, it is a fladbed. However, it’s received very good reviews and people place it at just below a pro-level scanner ( which is a price range I’m willing to part with if I’ve picked up a leica…. god I’m going to be poor this year…). For really crucial shots that I wish to enlarge to above 8×10, I’ll pay a fee and get a pro lab to drum scan it. That said, is there a cheapish (below US$1000) that I should be looking at? In your opinion, should the one I’ve chosen suit me for 8×10?

Nektarios, I’m sorry to hear you had problems with it. Is it common? Did your warranty hold? I can see your point about the 1V, however as I’m worried about weight and power, it seems to fail to the leica in both. I agree with you, and I love autofocus wholeheartedly, but to sacrifice it for a handy, small camera proven to work for the job i want to do, I feel it’s a price worth paying, especially when it’ll become second nature after a few months of practice before I leave.

Asim, my bank account will hate you for the damage you’ve encouraged. Your images are fantastic, I only hope mine will pull up to that standard one day. I’m still young (19!), plenty of time to learn yet. However I can’t say I agree with your view on autofocus just yet, seeing as I do believe – as it’s an automatic feature, not a cluttered menu that distracts – it aids the photographer. But hey, 90% of my shooting is on a DSLR, so I’ll reserve final judgement for after the trip. And finally, your love affair with your leica is …well, an unhealthy obsession… but strangely enough I think one of the luminous landscape writers mentioned his girlfriend complained about the very same thing. That’s not to say I’m encouraging it though. : P

Oh, and thankyou all for the LS names that you provided, I’ll be getting in touch with them shortly!

I appreciate the support in regards to the M7, and if there’s more to come in the way of scanning, film choices (b+w predominantly) or other technical concerns I’ve overlooked, please, keep it coming.

However, some feedback on the trip itself would be nice – lodging, food, misc. expenses etc. Even if you’ve had experience in a similar south east asian country, I’d love to hear it – Greater Timor and Indonesian LS, this means you!

Cheers,
L.

by Luka Kauzlaric | 31 Jan 2008 13:01 (ed. Jan 31 2008) | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Hey Luka, I am not too sure about all this Leica stuff, seems a bit endless to me- I am more a content rather than a tech head PJ- but what the hey I never even knew what sort of 35mm camera I used for years! But if you want scans done it might just be worth your while getting them done once properly at maximum size ’cos you can always scale them down afterwards and save your money on the scanner. I know Shayne Pearce (also an LS member) who does my digital imaging for me managed 1mX1.2M enlargements from overcooked 35mm negs and they printed up beautifully. I would never have been able to get a result like it in a trillion years on a flatbed scanner.

Congrats on the commissions in Timor L’este. Its a beautiful place and when I was there last which was a while ago (2004) the people so wanted everyone to remember their situation. Even with the oil revenues I imagine its still pretty 3rd world up there. Been meaning to get back but you know other things…

Glenn Campbell is there pretty regularly I think and the situation should always be monitored by the charities that you are working with, they won’t send anyone extraneous into an area with a threat of major violence generally because of insurance risk etc. And the good charities up there should be pretty much manned by locals by now I would have thought. DFAT always has information, that is reasonably accurate as well.

It was $US and pretty pricey when I was there if you ate at the one restaurant in Dili, which was in fact the only food I could find at the time (generally all places suffer inflation because the UN tends to have a few bucks to pay people) but I am not sure what the accommodation prices were ’cos my client paid those and a lot of the time I was in the boonies anyway.

The people are really lovely though and I was hanging with Max Stahl and his partner and I said that Timor L’este really got a grip on you and Max’s partner turned around and said ‘Not a grip, but a hug’I think its a pretty accurate summation.

Goodluck and get some fab shots!

by lisa hogben | 31 Jan 2008 13:01 (ed. Jan 31 2008) | sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Thanks for the info Lisa.
I think I mentioned above that I understand it’s not the gear that makes the photographer. But I subscribe to the thought that it can’t stifle your creativity having the finest, but having poor quality gear (or even average quality gear in tough situations) certainly can. Not being a tech head is fine and I can see your point, but it certainly helps.

Your point about flatbed scanners is a fair one, however I don’t know the situation in Sydney but here in Melbourne a decent quality drum scan costs a minimum of $50-$60 at cheapest per roll, and shooting for a few weeks means this will blow the budget completely. I wouldn’t mind so much with a corporation or anything, but I’m working with charities and local government. It’s really taking money out of those people’s pockets. Thus a decent flatbed that can produce a good, sharp 8×10 is really what I’m after. Can you recommend somewhere perhaps that I can send the negs to that’s cheap instead? for the price of a few postage stamps and some time, I’ll wait and spare my budget!

I’ll definitely chase up this Glenn Campbell character (probably tomorrow), seems like he’s in the know. In terms of safety, I’m only working for (as I mentioned) grass roots clients, so I’ll chase the security situation day by day myself. DFAT seems a little broad on it’s advice, would you recommend any other sources?

In terms of the money, with the US$ the way it is I’m not too concerned if you’re remembering 2004 prices, and I’m (hopefully) going to be exploring the countryside mostly, so… yeah.

I hope the people there are as friendly as they’re so often mentioned! It will take some getting used to after my last tour of Europe’s angriest nation: Italy.

Keep the tips coming LS!
Cheers,

L.

by Luka Kauzlaric | 31 Jan 2008 15:01 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Hi everyone; I’m pretty keen to hear any info on Timor too. I’m planning a trip there in April to work on a couple of stories. Also, has anyone been to the Oecussi area? I’m really interested in this part of Timor. Any extra info (e.g accomodation etc.) would be greatly appreciated. Mine is a self-funded trip so am always looking to cut costs… Thank you.

by Ross Nolly | 31 Jan 2008 18:01 | Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Hey Luca, I see your point and I love my Leica. Yes everything was covered so all cool but his is not something that I woould expect from a Leica. The truth is that by not needing power you are haveing great autonomy. I also see your points about 1V. I will use my Leica is I want o be undetected or if I am in a more artistic mood where I have the luxury of time to compose and measure everything properly. To be honest I do not personally thing that weight is a serious issue with the 1V (I do not have the grip) and two lenses but then again the whole project is an excellent excuse to get hold of a Leica;-)
Good luck with whatever you decide and we are waiting to see your outcome.

by [former member] | 31 Jan 2008 20:01 | Pristina, Kosovo | | Report spam→
Ross I spent most of my time in Oecussi, it was a 14 hour barge ride from Dili and a UN helicopter back at the time, but I am sure things must of improved.

Plus a 4 hour ride in 4WD’s and life in a hut with no power, no food to speak of and lots of mosquito’s. Lovely people though.

You can see some of the stuff from that trip if you go to Photojournale.com and look under Timor L’este-An Intimate Portrait.

Luka grass roots clients? Are you sure they will be able to pay your way?

by lisa hogben | 01 Feb 2008 01:02 | sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Luka, I don’t think you have to worry about your 1V being ‘overkill.’ If you’re comfortable with it, you should use that because it’s an excellent camera. Besides, you don’t want to be learning a new piece of equipment while you are on assignment.

by [former member] | 01 Feb 2008 01:02 | Yangon, Myanmar | | Report spam→
Lisa: Thanks for that. I’ve been doing as much research as possible and it sounds like things in Oecussi have got worse for the people,
e.g. the price of a bag of rice costs US$25 now compared with $10 in Dili. If the power is going to be that dodgy I might bring the trusty
FM2 with me too just in case.

by Ross Nolly | 01 Feb 2008 01:02 | Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Lisa – the funding has been sorted, local government’s giving me all the money I need, but the actual assignment is for a series of local charities. thanks for the concern! :)

Will – I agree, the 1v is an excellent camera, but the power / weight issues are mentioned above. There’s a good chance i’ll buy the camera in the next few weeks and pay it off slowly, so I’ll get the practice I need! thanks for the reminder though.

Ross – How long are you going for? I’m thinking late June/ early July and if you’re still there I’d be happy to catch up, or better yet to keep in touch when you get back and get as much advice from you as I can before I leave!

L.

by Luka Kauzlaric | 01 Feb 2008 03:02 (ed. Feb 1 2008) | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Luka; I’ll probably be there for three or maybe four weeks. Timor is pretty expensive to get to from NZ so need to make
it worthwhile.

by Ross Nolly | 01 Feb 2008 03:02 | Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Ah, ok then. Do let me know how you go, I’ll drop you a line some time in the near future!

LS members – are there any more yay or nay sayers on my gear plan? any more tips on possible affordable but decent scanners?

Cheers,
L.

by Luka Kauzlaric | 01 Feb 2008 12:02 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Luka; My dates for Timor have finally been sorted. I’ll be there from May 13th to June 3rd. I’ll keep you posted on developments etc.
Cheers, Ross

by Ross Nolly | 05 Mar 2008 20:03 | Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand | | Report spam→
That’s great ross! unfortunately i’ll be traveling in late june, but let me know about all your experiences when you get back!

by Luka Kauzlaric | 06 Mar 2008 00:03 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Hi Luka/Ross -
Just came across this post and thought I’d throw my two cents in-
I’ve been in and out of East Timor over the last 8 years or so and have spent around six months in country on assignments for News Limited.
It is a fantastic country with wonderful people – however there are a few who will not be so happy to see you!
All this ** about using a rangefinder to go undetected – mate you are going to stand out like dogs balls wherever you go so I wouldn’t worry about hiding your cameras.
If it was me I would go digital with a 5d as a main and your MkII left in your bag as standby.Just take a 16 to 35 and a 70 to 200.Throw in a 1.4 convertor and if you’ve got the budget a 100 to 400.
Maybe a 580 flash if you think you’ll need it.The 5d is great for that kind of work – quiet and light.I’ve just shot over 60gig of images across the Pacific for an Aid group and mine didn’t miss a beat.
The client was also very happy with the images.
As for power ,I carry a DC invertor which takes 12v up to 240v.You’ll find a car battery everywhere you go and if you are still worried take a small 12v motorcycle battery.
The 5d can also run on AA’s and you can get them everywhere in ET.
You will find that the locals are very camera savvy and will want to look at the back screen.I’ve found this a great ice-breaker-especially with the kids.
If you are shooting film and something happens up there,then there is no way you could file it for NEWS
Make yourself known to the journos at the Timor Post,they can bring you up to speed on the current situation and point you in the right direction.
My understanding is that Glen Campbell has just been into ET for the SMH and John Wilson has just been there for Time.
Give me a call through the switch at the Courier Mail 1300 304020 if you want a chat and I can give you their numbers.
Cheers guys
Rob

by Rob Maccoll | 12 Mar 2008 09:03 | Brisbane, Australia | | Report spam→
Hi Rob;
Thanks for the info Rob it’s greatly appreciated. I’m not too worried about power now, got some extra batteries and cards
for the D300 so should be ok. I was more concerned about power in Oecussi, but should be sweet now… I’ll be covering two
stories for a couple of NZ mags and my photo agencies. Nothing time sensitive but will be on the lookout for any breaking news
obviously.

I’ve got a couple of contacts there but haven’t wanted to trouble them until I had the dates sorted.But will definately contact the Timor Post.

As for standing out… I do a lot of work in the Pacific Islands (urbanisation project), and a big white guy wandering around in Vanuatu always stands out!!
It always helps actually, I don’t like sneaking around… Being conspicuous is usually a good icebreaker too..

Thanks for your help;
Ross Nolly

by Ross Nolly | 12 Mar 2008 10:03 | Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Hi Ross -
Yeah ,I know what you mean about being a big white guy-
Lets face it 9 times out of 10 the locals know who you are and what you are doing before you do.
I find the camera normally helps- rarely hinders.
I’ve been to Oecussi a few times – the road is a shocker – take some motion sickness pills as it winds around the shoreline.
Best to hook up with the UN or WFP and get a chopper – although most of them are Russian Mils well past their use-by date.
One of the things I find most useful is a Steripen for purifying water.Also Lonely Planet put out a Tetum language guide for ET.
Good maps are hard to find in country and take a GPS as there are few road signs.
Have a beer at the Tourismo Hotel for me!

Cheers
Rob

by Rob Maccoll | 12 Mar 2008 10:03 | Brisbane, Australia | | Report spam→
Rob;
Most of my work is mostly documentary so I seem to spend 90% of my time talking/gaining trust etc & the rest shooting!!
It always takes a while to let people see you’re not out to exploit their situation.

If you don’t mind I might contact you at some stage about the work you’ve done in PNG about HIV. It’s a project I’m keen
to start and fits into my urbanisation project.
I’m planning another trip to Fiji (Suva squatter settlements), Vanuatu (squatter) & the Solomons. I’ll try to get to
PNG on the folllowing trip.

Cheers
Ross

by Ross Nolly | 12 Mar 2008 21:03 | Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Hi Ross
It’s great to see someone else keen to focus on the HIV issue in PNG -
It’s out of control and gets very little exposure.
There are a few problems associated with documenting anything in PNG, not the least the fact that you need
a journalist’s visa which are very hard to get, expensive and take ages.
If you are caught working in country without one you can be arrested,detained,deported and your
organization banned from PNG.
That said, it is an amazing country and very rewarding photographically.
I’ll send you a PM with my contact details
Cheers
Rob

by Rob Maccoll | 12 Mar 2008 23:03 | Brisbane, Australia | | Report spam→
Hi Luka/everyone.

I thought I’d put a link up for my recent images from the IDP camps in East Timor.
This first story is the start of a long term project I will be following in East Timor.
I will be returning asap, (& funds allow of course!!).

I will still be editing this selection down, but the first essay and article will be
coming out in the Nov or Dec issue of Australian Photography.

I will be putting up another link of other images that are not part of the IDP story this week.

I’ve also put up a link to a cockfighting story (not essay) is in my Lightstalkers gallery and
was shot over a couple of afternoons. I wanted to show document the atmosphere without showing the actual fighting.
Any comments appreciated. I will eventually be cutting the images back to 6 or 8

I’ve pasted a link to this email where my Timor images can be viewed.
http://www.rossnolly.com/timor.htm

I spent 3 weeks in Timor and spent nearly every day in the IDP camp opposite the Hotel Timor.
In times of conflict (and after), it is usually the women and children who bear the brunt of the resulting living conditions.

My focus evolved into coverage of the way life was affecting the women and children,
(especially the younger girls who to me seemed the most affected).

By spending day after day, and many hours at the camp I attempted to become accepted. I wanted to catch the moments
when their eyes “spoke” of their sadness.

As you will know everyone attempts to make the best of a bad situation. But when the people began to know and
trust me they began to talk and show how they really felt about their life and situation. These were the moments I attempted to catch

My trip also coincided with the repatriation of the people back to their homes. This caused many conflicting emotions,
some were happy to return, others had great trepidation about returning.

The images I have taken hopefully reflect their emotions, and the emotions they brought out in me. M
y work would be classed as “personal documentary” and I can not honestly say it is unbiased; I photographed what I was feeling at the time.

Any critique is welcome.

Cheers everyone.

by Ross Nolly | 16 Jun 2008 05:06 | Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Hi Ross,
nice picture of Timorleste. since the country incependence from Indonesia, I always wanting to got there :).

regards

by Danu Primanto | 16 Jun 2008 11:06 | yogyakarta, Indonesia | | Report spam→
Hi there;

Here’s a few tips for anyone going to Timor Leste.

Dangers; It doesn’t pay to wander about too much after dark, say 7pm. The story is that the taxi drivers at night can be a bit dodgy. I only had one dodgy(ish!) moment at the IDP camp by Hotel Timor, and that was when the Task Force Police turned up to “escort” the IDPs back to their homes. In other words, force them back… The entire day was pretty tension filled, but nothing happenned.

I feel that the safety concerns on the NZ Govt website are way overblown, & only to cover their arse if something goes wrong. I made sure that as many locals knew me as possible, which I think can circumvent some issues.

I only experienced kindness by everyone. Especially so when they realised you weren’t out to exploit them etc. Of the 21 days I was there I would’ve spent at least 16 of them in Hotel Timor camp, so they got to know me very well.

The only place I noticed a “cool” reception was in the Belide area, but that is also in the heart of gang territory, and also where UNIMET has its base So there maybe a bit of anti-UN feeling there too,& if you’re obviously a foreigner, the locals first think you work for the UN.

Prices: all in US$
Water; 600ml 25c, 1.5litre 50c.
Taxi; usually $1 around town, sometimes $2-3 if further out of town town.
Food; Rice, 1 chicken drumstick, chinese cabbage & bottle of water usually $1.50-2 at the local places.

I stayed at the Hotel Dili where dinner was around $8.50 (but I ate in town during the day). Single room with shared shower $31.50 per night.At night I was usually downloading and editing so made sense to eat at the hotel. Hotel Dili is equivalent to an older NZ (& I presume Aussie) motel. Good friendly staff. Many of the people staying there are long term guests who work for NZAID, AUSAID or World Bank.

Phones are cheap. Pick up a local SIM card for $5, (I got ripped off and paid $15, but still cheap!!!). To phone NZ cost .40c per minute-really cheap. Top up cards available from every street seller.

Scooter hire; around $20-30 per day.

I pretty much walked everywhere so didn’t use taxis much.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know just flick me off another message.

Cheers Ross

by Ross Nolly | 16 Jun 2008 19:06 | Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand | | Report spam→
wonderful ross, thanks so much. I think my budget is looking pretty much set.
I’ll be staying with local contacts there, so lodging prices aren’t an issue luckily.
I’ll pm you if there’s more info needed.

Thanks again,
L

by Luka Kauzlaric | 17 Jun 2008 01:06 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Hi Luka,
I’ve been to East Timor twice in the last year. I’d say on the whole it’s a safe and friendly place. Hopefully that won’t change once the Timorese police take over from the UN as it now seems they soon will. The Timorese police and army are quite thuggish and it’s worth keeping a distance especially as they are now beginning to flex their muscles.
In terms of costs, it’s not particularly cheap. I stayed in Villa Bemori (recommended) in Dili which is about $20-30 a night — about the best deal available. In the provinces you can pay a lot more. You may be looking at $50 for a room that would cost $10 in Indonesia. But that would at least give you round the clock electricity, which is a problem outside of Dili, although all provincial towns have power if only in the evening.
Communications — telephone and internet — are expensive and often frustrating.
I ate in the local Indonesian-style street food places a lot. Tasty and a fraction of the price of restuarants aimed at foreigners.
I found it very difficult getting a decent fixer — most have full-time jobs with NGOs or UN now. Let me know if you need one though and I can dig out my contacts.
Above all I would say be patient — things happen slowly. But it is a wonderful place and I’m sure you’ll get some great pics.
All the best,
Tom

by Tom Greenwood | 17 Jun 2008 10:06 | Vientiane, Laos | | Report spam→
thanks tom. Accommodation isn’t too much of an issue, I’ve got a few family contacts among locals who are willing to put me up. I’m shooting film, so power isn’t an issue. I’m assuming AA batteries are floating around, no?
A name of a few fixers would be lovely, my contacts are sketchy at best, it’s probably my main concern.

As I told ross, I’ll probably have questions soon as I’m leaving on the 2nd of July, but do let me know if there’s more handy hints you think that I should know about!

Cheers,
L.

by Luka Kauzlaric | 17 Jun 2008 12:06 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Luka;
I brought rechargable AA batteries with me, but there are plenty of cheap AAs available.

Watch out for the Timorese Task Force Police (they wear the black uniforms and often riot gear) they’re as dodgy as hell.
As the IDPs were leaving camp during their repatriation, they were being told (by the Task Force Police)not to bother going
back home as they weren’t wanted there. They were passing the message on from their counterparts in the provinces.
I inadvertantly gate crashed a meeting between some Aussie UN cops & camp leaders attempting to sort the problem out.

You’ll find plenty of kids from the university wandering around wanting to practice their English, and will provide you with
invaluable help. Make a point of saying hello to everyone you see or pass, & have some business cards to hand out if possible.
Makes a huge difference. By the second day, people were calling out my name to say hi as I walked in town and to and from Hotel Timor camp.
The NGOs you’re working with should be able to provide you with contacts too.

Make sure you bring a phone as it’s nearly impossible to contact people etc without one.

If you’re going south of Dili there’s one local guest house in Aileu and two in Maubisse, they charge $10 per night.

Cheers;
Ross

by Ross Nolly | 17 Jun 2008 22:06 | Dili, East Timor | | Report spam→
Hi Luka,
For fixers, get in contact with Sebastion at ameta_pereira@yahoo.com.He’s a very nice, smart guy but is unfortunately only available at weekends as he has a 9-5. He may be able to help you find someone for during the week. If you contact him, please send him my best.
All the best,
Tom

by Tom Greenwood | 19 Jun 2008 15:06 | Vientiane, Laos | | Report spam→

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Participants

Luka Kauzlaric, Photographer Luka Kauzlaric
Photographer
Melbourne , Australia ( MEL )
Kenneth Dickerman, Photographer Kenneth Dickerman
Photographer
Nyc , United States
Matt Newton, Freelance Photojournalist Matt Newton
Freelance Photojournalist
Tasmania , Australia
lisa hogben, Visualjournalist! lisa hogben
Visualjournalist!
Sydney , Australia
Ross Nolly, Photojournalist Ross Nolly
Photojournalist
Stratford , New Zealand
Rob Maccoll, Rob Maccoll
Brisbane , Australia ( BNE )
Danu Primanto, photojournalist,writer Danu Primanto
photojournalist,writer
(danu primanto)
Yogyakarta , Indonesia
Tom Greenwood, Photographer Tom Greenwood
Photographer
(Photographer)
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