Lee Ridley

the editor of Polo’s Bastards.

Nomads Of Ararat

Hanim is fifty-one years old, but she looks at least thirty years older, and for good reason: She’s the leader of the Hasasori, a small family of semi-nomadic Jelali Kurds who eke out a simple existence farming sheep on the southern slopes of Mount Ararat in East Turkey, and life is far from easy. The…

Southern Comfort

When the four members of our rock band in the UK decided to embark on an excursion to the home of the blues in the deep south, USA; we had little idea we’d wind up spending half our time in a remote swamp… and enjoy it! Two days of hard drinking in Bourbon Street, New…

Congo: Rugabo Of Sabinyo

We set out from the border town of Bunagana having changed money (see previous). It was late morning and a handful of locals had gathered, offering their services as combined guide and porter. I studied the crowd of hopefuls and chose an amiable, honest looking fella. He took my pack, and I relieved Tracey of…

Photos of Turkey

This was taken in a valley just south of Van in south-east Turkey. The girl in the pink dress was wandering among the cows and eyed us suspiciously as our car pulled up and my camera appeared out the window. Nikon F80/Sigma 170-500mm River Micinger in Hosap, south-east Turkey. I was hiding behind some bushes…