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Linping in Spring

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Here are some more from Spring 2014. Hangzhou and Linping. My backlog of developing, scanning and posting never seems to go away…


Back From Canada

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Just got back from a trip to Canada to get a new passport. I love the feeling of a new passport, it is like an new adventure just beginning. I can’t wait to see where this one takes me.


Fishing

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I love the idea of living on a boat or a fishing hut like this. I would probably hate it in real life, but in my mind it is a noble and romantic life.


More Color, More Laos

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No words on this, just pictures.


Luang Prabang Laos

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I have been enamored with simple and clean Large Format photos lately. Maybe I am getting sick of living in a megacity like Beijing, I don’t know. I wish it was a bit warmer though so I could load up my 4×5 kit and go hiking in the mountains. That is something I really don’t do enough of. I need to change that…


Colour!

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A little bit of a departure for me. Here is some colour shots from my trip. I am not against shooting colour, I just don’t do too much of it. I find shooting colour more difficult that shooting B&W. Everything needs to be more precise or the image lacks punch. I hope I was able to get some punch in these shots.


Laos

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I suck at maintaining contact with people. I am sorry to all of the people that I should contact more but don’t. I could make the excuse that it is a time zone problem or that I don’t have enough hours in my day, but those are sub-par at best.


Vientiane Laos

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These two shots are from Vientiane Laos. I was here about 5 years ago for the first time. I think I mentioned this in a previous post, but it has lost all of the charm that it had, at least along the Mekong riverbank. It’s all concrete and steel now. I liked it better when it was dirt and carpets, a single bulb over the table. But I guess that is just my style.


Germany and Laos.

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No words this time. Just two from Laos and two from Germany.


Fishing

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I’ve always been fascinated with fishing. It is something that I would love to enjoy doing myself, but I don’t. Watching others fish brings more enjoyment for me that if I was doing it myself. I love how each culture has their own style. These shots were taken in Vientiane Laos on the Mekong River. Every night, dozens of people wade into the water with either simple lines and hooks or elaborate net setups.

I was here in 2008 and now that it is five years later, I was shocked at how much the riverbank has changed. In 2008, I enjoyed sitting on a stained woven rug on the dirt, enjoying freshly caught fish and drinking cold beers. Now the entire riverfront is a concrete mass with new 5 star hotel developments been added at an alarming rate. It looks nice, but I will always miss the sleepy little town feel.

All shots were taken with my Leica M2 and voigtlander 35 1.4 on Arista Premium.


The drunken sailor

This is Souk, he goes to art school in Luang Prabang, speaks very good English, is very nice and plays Kator like machine. If you have never seen this sport, think of volleyball where you use your feet. This shot is Souk spiking the ball, and yes, he DID land on his feet. He is like a cat.
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This is Souk serving the ball. Like I said, a machine!
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Local kids, curious to see a falang. Just outside a small village near Luang Prabang.
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More local kids, these ones were waving frantically and saying hello in Laos, so I decided to stop and say hi.
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On the way to the waterfalls, Tim and I had to grab a boat to cross the river. This was the rope man. I am fairly certain that he was drunk out of his mind as on the way back, he passed out for a while. luckily, the motor man seemed in much better shape.
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Sitting here at the Spicy Laos hostel, updating when I should be out doing something productive, but this place is so nice and relaxing that I just don’t want to leave. Luckily, someone cancelled and I am able to stay until the 13th. After that I may go to Savannahket or I may go to Hanoi, haven’t decided yet…. Ahh life is rough.