My name is Mark Chamberlain. I am a travel photographer and writer based in Perth, Australia and Bangkok, Thailand.

I have lived a nomadic life – working and living in most Southeast Asian countries, from Burma to eastern Indonesia and onward to Australia and New Zealand. Inspired by my spectacular surroundings and the diverse people and cultures, my photography interests grew.

Asian Explorer Beginnings

Previously, I worked as a petroleum geologist for oil and gas companies. In the early 1990s, I was helicopter-dropped into Indonesia’s rugged mountains and rainforests on my first company assignments. Jobs in southern Myanmar followed – at the time, an area that was very much off-limits to travellers and tourists. I never really returned home to my native England after these initial culture shocks and experiences. A fantastic Far East life adventure had begun.

I spent the next twenty-five years living and working in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.

Explorer turned Photographer and writer

In 2020, I began a transition away from the hydrocarbon industry, dedicating more time to photography and writing projects.

My objectives are to tell stories from transient cultures, religions and lifestyles in this ever-changing, dynamic global region. In contrast, my fine-art landscape images detail the environment, utilising changing natural light conditions whilst maintaining a strong sense of place.

My artistic wife, Kanchana (Took), a teacher and Photographer from southern Thailand, is a dedicated assistant and logistics helper on our Asian travels.


I am a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) and the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ).