I’ve had a break from photography which is making me all the more excited about my upcoming opportunities. I’m heading to South Carolina for a holiday break but have decided a photo project is required to keep me going. Lying in the sun and shopping doesn’t do it for me anymore (although a little shopping won’t go amiss!) so I’m going to find a way to photograph holidaymakers in Myrtle Beach. Being Scottish is a great icebreaker as it puts people at ease … “Ah just lurve your accent” is a common response and I’m hoping I’ll have enthusiastic subjects!
My first visit to an American style resort many years ago was an eye-opener when I discovered “Resort Wear” was recomemend (by my colleagues), a whole new concept to me. I stayed true to myself and really stuck in my (scruffy) shorts and teeshirts … So this has got to be my theme: “A Retort to Resort”, “Loving Leisurewear” or maybe “Let’s Dig ’em Out Again” (as I do).
But what’s really thrilling me is SOUTH AMERICA is coming up!!!!!! A month of travelling with my camera in June and July. Planning the trip is making my mouth water as I firm up details that include time in Cuba and Colombia; visiting Havana and Trinidad with travel photographer Ralph Valesco, independent travelling in Colombia and then (fingers crossed) another Momenta Non-Proft Workshop in Medellin. I’ll try to blog in Spanish at some point – not quite yet though!
Meantime I’m continuing to process neglected images from previous trips. Good to keep my hand in …
Market Wall, Bali
Monkey Temple, Kathmandu
Luang Prabang, Laos
Shell Village, Laos
Passengers, Tatipani, Nepal
Pashupati Funeral Pyre, Kathmandu
Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng, Laos
Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
I’m not sure if it’s the long winter or whether my motivation to create is simply hibernating, but I’ve had no inclination to pick up my camera. None at all … for months! A small dabble here and there perhaps, but nothing has fired me up since my trip to Thailand in November. In fact I’ve experienced antipathy towards my camera (innocent, inanimate object that it is).
I’ve decided to respect this inclination to withdraw for a while – I know my desire to get out and about with my 5D will return. So today I’m sharing some images from April 2011 when I travelled through Laos and Cambodia with travel photographer Steve Davey and Intrepid Travel. Our small group of photographers, all eager to learn more about travel photography had an amazing trip.
It’s a truly beautiful part of the world despite its tragic past and the ever present danger of landmines. We found the villagers we encountered very welcoming although poverty is still a major problem for the mainly rural communities in Laos. Rates of poverty are declining but most people are still very poor and the country remains the least developing in South-East Asia. Women bear the brunt of this – taking on the majority of farming and household tasks – now there’s a surprise!
My impressions of Laos and Cambodia are a jumbled muddle of monks and temples, barefoot children and smiling old ladies, incense and begging, birds and lakes …
“Poor and content is rich and rich enough; but riches endless is as poor and winter to him that ever fears he shall be poor” William Shakespeare