The Bajau look down at the fish.

The Bajau look down at the fish.

A Bajau Laut child plays by her boat just after a storm.

Bajau children playing in the crystal waters of Sabah, Borneo.


The Tausug look down on the Sama.
The Sama look down on the Bajau.
The Bajau look down on the fish.



An old Bajau Laut man heads out to fish


The Bajau look down at the fish.

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. Kathy

    Many years ago I spent time in the South Pacific and these photos instantly transported me. The clarity, color, settings, woven mats, light, all.

    Amazing what emotion can surface through an image.
    Nice work, Matt

    • Matt

      Thanks Kathy. The place is pretty magical. But I wonder how much longer it’s got left? There seems to be a sense that the reefs here are in good shape compared to the rest of the world, but still in a vary precarious position. There is a real struggle going on finding a balance that allows these people to live as they always have on one hand and protecting the reef by limiting their access on the other. It’s a complicated story.

  2. Kesh

    Fantastic as ever Matt. Every evocative. Love the ominous lookling skies against the crystal green water.


    • Matt

      Thanks Kesh, Yes, it was quite a storm that blew through that day. After it passed the light came out over us so it all be came very dramatic. The same thing happened in the photo posted HERE.


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