July 8, 2013
It’s hard to write about Savannakhet without using phrases like faded colonial charm and elegantly crumbling. It’s a quiet, sleepy riverside town, and I spent an enjoyable few days there doing not very much.
Monks’ faces and Buddhist places
Amazing images, Jon–wonderful work!
Awesome shots! Love the compositions and tones/colors on your photographs.
It’s funny about the visual themes that cross geographical boundaries in outposts of former colonial empires. You could swap out the decaying walls, window frames and doors of many of the buildings I saw in Haiti this last March for the equivalents here. Gorgeous and faded. You seem to have had much better luck photographing current residents than I did. With the exception of children, who loved having their photos taken, adult were almost all uniformly against it. especially with a big DSLR. The assumption was that I was a photojournalist looking for new icons of misery. Ken
Lao people are generally pretty friendly and relaxed, and mostly just seemed bemused that anyone would want their picture. I met with a fair number of refusals, but always good-humoured ones. I guess that people in Laos, although hardly living in luxury, haven’t had to contend with the same sort of hardships as those in Haiti.
the turquoise door … it’s beautiful. all of the pictures are very touching in some sort of way, but the turquoise is what I like best.
Thank you – that’s probably my favourite from this set too.
Not much grandeur, just gently crumbling. Contrast with gentrification of ex-colonial buildings in Luang Prabang. Is there any motivation to restore these buildings?
I didn’t see much evidence of restoration, to be honest. As you say, Luang Prabang is far more gentrified, as it’s much busier and there are more tourist dollars to spend.
Fantastic colours, great shots!
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