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More monks …

I decided to print a couple of photobooks – one with images from the UK and the other, a selection of photographs from my overseas travel. Choosing which to include was so difficult. The only rules I set myself were that each image had to be memorable for me; either the experiences I had on that day or the particular circumstances of the shot and they also had to include people. And preferably not my “favourite” shots! This meant processing some images previously neglected, or removing tight crops and including more of the scene, something I have since learned to do more of.

Some of the images below were included … they were oversights but now I appreciate them!       Travelling_to Kompong KhleangSiem Reap_040 Tonle Sap Lake & Kompong KhleangSiem Reap_193 Tonle Sap Lake & Kompong KhleangSiem Reap_106 Tonle Sap Lake & Kompong KhleangSiem Reap_074 Tonle Sap Lake & Kompong KhleangSiem Reap_032

Memories of Laos and 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 …

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“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

“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