About Me

Sok Sobi. I enjoy taking pictures of people and places, particular interest in Landscape, People and Travel photography. Pictures and stories that bring Social Awareness and the potential for long term social change or policy are important to me. I use Canon Digital Cameras (EOS 1Ds,1D Mk1,2,4 plus Powershot G11) with a selection of Canon lenses, the 24-105 IS f4L being my favourite at present. I use Lightroom & Photoshop Elements to edit my work. Canon equipment and lenses give me just what I need, reliability and high IQ. I am now living and working in Cambodia, South East Asia, using Phnom Penh as a base to explore the region. I publish stories that are important to me on my blog but always try to give a balanced picture.

Monday, 24 January 2011

A trip to Lao PDR

My trip started from Phnom Penh with a flight to Vientienne via Vietnam Airlines. After a lot of hard work done by Joe Garrison, the tours guide and organiser we were finally here. We arrived in Vientienne after dark so there was not a great deal to see and we were leaving by bus for Luane Prabang early next morning. Joe also had to interview a local guide who we later employed for the full six days of our time in Northern Lao. After some excellent street food and a Lao coffee we turned in for the night.

I had never been to Lao before but Joe who is a Professional Photgrapher based in Phnom Penh, had warned me that it was a photographers dream come true, and he was certainly not wrong.

People are really what interests me in any place I visit, it is them that give the place its charm or individuality and this is what I attempt to capture in my images.

We first travelled from Vientienne, by bus, to Luang Prabang where we were going to be staying for a few days before travelling further North to Muang Qua.

On the road.

Luang Prabang is certainly an interesting place with lots to see. It has World Heritage Status. Our first couple of days were spent walking around the central area, visiting the temples and shrines. Then the tourist hit, the numbers made photography increasingly difficult, which just meant we had to work harder.

The markets were also great fun.

Very colorful and full of life.