Eric Fichtl


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<p>Children playing along Dili's waterfront after the daily rainstorm.</p>

Here is a random sample of my photos. Visit my galleries for many more.

<p>Fresh temptation in a bakery window.<br /></p>
<p>Barberries provide a burst of colour in the winter. At least, I think they're barberries (I didn't do a taste test).<br /></p>
<p>A trio of penguins decline a seagull's attempt to join their conversation. Harsh.</p>
<p>A view over the rooftops of Kowloon, near the Hong Kong Observatory. The blur results from condensation on the lens due to a rapid transition from a climate-controlled interior to Hong Kong's humid exterior.</p>
<p>The stairwell as seen from the courtyard of this modest hotel in San Telmo. It was my temporary home when I moved to Buenos Aires in 1997 and started my search for a flat. I love this picture.</p>
<p>In Dili's Santa Cruz cemetery, a large cross commemorates the victims of the 1991 massacre by Indonesian security forces. On 12 November, a large crowd including many high school students marched to the cemetery in a funeral procession for a young activist killed by Indonesian forces two weeks earlier. Soldiers opened fire on the crowds, killing over 200 people at the cemetery and in the streets and hospitals after the march.</p>
<p>The Santa Cruz massacre was a turning point, ramping up Timorese resistance to Indonesia's annexation of the former Portuguese colony. Smuggled footage of the massacre increased pressure on Jakarta from the international community, but brutal years still laid ahead. A long and ugly guerrilla war eventually led to Indonesia's withdrawal in 1999, a UN-administered transitional period, and Timor-Leste's independence in 2002. </p>
<p>Studies suggest more than 200,000 Timorese were killed during the 24 years of Indonesia's occupation – a staggering figure made all the more disturbing when one considers that Timor-Leste's total population in 1975 was only 630,000 people.</p>
<p>Weathered graves in Timor-Leste's central highlands.</p>
<p>An interior shot of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square, peering up one of the octagonal spires capped by the church's famous onion domes. <br /></p><p>Dating from the mid 16th Century, the structure is a unique oddity – an asymmetric labyrinth of chapels and corridors on the interior, with ten cylindrical domed towers each bearing their own signature style on the exterior – that has long been a symbol of Russia. </p>

A lot of what I write professionally carries no by-line. Here are some of the works I have put my name to.