Rosengård   Malmö, Sweden 2014   In the past 30 years, during times of modern conflict and a mass diaspora of people fleeing violence and war, Sweden has far exceeded any other country in providing asylum for those seeking it. Peaks during the Balkans war and now responsive numbers from conflict in the Middle East has seen record statistics for individuals heading for Scandinavian shores.  Nearly 25% of Sweden’s population is now foreign-born, but in a country proud of its reputation for diversity, the city of Malmö, in the country’s south, is witnessing a growing support of Sweden’s far-right political party (the Sweden Democrats) and their open anti-immigration policy.  This in part is due to the notoriety of a Malmö suburb known as Rosengård - a small section of the outer-city where tall apartment blocks are deposited with refugees from all the world’s recent conflict zones: Somalis, Iraqis, Iranians, Bosnians, Palestinians. Almost 100% of the suburb’s population are foreign-born.  Rosengård’s disrepute amongst Swedes stems from the area’s recent history of violence and physical displays of frustration and images of burned-out cars and ghetto-like scenes in the media have perpetuated this reputation.  But despite this notoriety, Rosengård is a place with a tight-knit and friendly community. Perhaps galvanised by their common displacement, a suburb of such cultural and linguistic diversity has been unified. Whilst frustrated by their tenuous link to an ostensibly alien landscape, people from Rosengård are resilient, they are surviving but most of all they are proud of Rosengård and some even call it home.
       
     
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  Bangladesh, 2013  Brahmaputra River, Dhaka  In January of 2013, a brief trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh provided a unique perspective but perhaps a real insight into a vibrant but volatile metropolis. Student riots and civil unrest were ruling the streets and the usual bustling city was reduced to quiet scenes of intimacy along the Brahmaputra river where some escaped the violence by taking to the water.  What I witnessed along the river was discontented youths, privileged middle class and children alike temporarily escaping the chaos of living in one of the world’s most densely populated countries.  
       
     
  Danish Deer Hunting   Bornholm, Denmark 2014   Danish deer hunting is a tradition that dates back to the 15th century. Originally reserved for royalty and nobility, a decree in 1537 stated that poachers could be hung from the nearest tree. Today, the hunt is common practice for most Danish men and right of passage from boyhood. Staunch traditions involve beers, schnapps, dogs, fox tails and traditional dress but how much of the original sentiment actually remains? Where hunting in the 1400s was primarily a source of food, modern deer hunting - in one of the world’s most affluent and modern countries - seems perhaps a contrived and unnecessary routine.