HANGGAI — performing at the January 2011 street party to launch the MONA FOMA festival, in a parking lot off Elizabeth St, Hobart. Hanggai has to be one of the most dyanamic and memorable bands ever seen in Hobart. Described as Mongolian folk/punk, Hanngai deliver an astoundingly powerful blend of traditional Mongolian instruments, electric guitars, percussion and throat singing.
Giles Hugo is a photographer, writer and journalist who first wielded a 35mm camera with intent in late 1968 in his native South Africa.
Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.