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About This Site

My name is Beren Patterson and this is my website. TRIBALCOG is the sister site of ZHERO.COM, my commercial website. I am a photographer specialising in location, assignment, editorial and stock photography.

TRIBALCOG is created so that travellers around the world can enjoy images of places they have been and places they are yet to discover. The electronic postcard section was the original concept for this site and was created so that people could send home more than just words to help inspire, remind, educate and bring the World to life for those stuck back at the office.

A Little About Me

I was born in Bristol, England, but my parents wisely moved to New Zealand when I was 7. On the way we stopped in Bali. I remember the warm rain, the smell of the cloves in the cigarettes, the smiles and an amazing variety of fruit. Coming from Thatcher's cold, grey England this was paradise!

At 15, my parents volunteered to do 9 months teaching in Himachal Pradesh, India. I went with them, supposedly to go to school to but shortly after my 16 birthday I was traveling across India by myself taking pictures. I came back to New Zealand to complete high school and finished top of my year before going onto university.

At 36, I have now spent nearly 6 years in Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa photographing, travelling and working. The more I see the more I want to see; and the more I know I don't know.

In between travelling I have achieved a Bachelor of Fine Art from Elam, the University of Auckland, majoring in Photography. My other qualifications include Red Hat Certified Engineer, Cisco Certified Network Associate and PADI Divemaster.

TRIBALCOG is one creative outlet that lets me share and promote my work. My photographs have appeared in magazines, websites and newspapers around the world covering such varied topics as mining in Sri Lanka to religions of South Asia.

Beren Patterson, diving in Fiji


Constructive feedback, questions and comments are always appreciated. Click here for my email address and feedback form.


All images on this site are strictly copyright Beren Patterson unless otherwise stated. Please read and understand my copyright information page.

For Sale

All images on this site are available for sale through my commercial website, ZHERO.COM


I have recently had to place advertising on TRIBALCOG to recover some of the costs of running this site. If you want to advertise on this site please contact me here.

Software Used to Create this site

All the software used to power this site is Open Source or otherwise freely available for non-profit use. Click here to find out about how TRIBALCOG is created.