Laos - Monks on the Mekong
The spiritual capital of Laos is home to thousands of monks, hundreds of temples and an endless supply of beautiful sunsets. Life along the Mekong comes to a gentle halt at the town of Luang Prabang, and when it comes time to leave we're all reluctant to move on.
These images were taken during a photography tour I lead for Grasshopper Adventures. The Ancient Kingdoms Photo Tour runs in November each year, is open to just 8 people each trip and for two weeks we get thoroughly spoiled by the charms of South-East Asia!
Also check out the Northern Laos Photo Tour run by a good friend of mine, Paul Wager. He's lived in Luang Prabang for 8 years and shares my philosophy of the camera. Catch him on tour if you can!
Finally, have a look at my guide to photographing in Luang Prabang with tips on what special elements to look for and how to deal with the ethics of morning alms...
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."