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Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

A great way to approach your travel photography is to assemble a number of individual images into a larger series that explore a concept or tell a story. Sometimes the message or meaning of the story lies beneath metaphor or symbolism. On other occasions it’s more obvious. Exploring an issue or concept can be personally rewarding for the photographer and provide your audience with a new appreciation for the subject matter or topic in question.

Did you know that, in Vietnam, the Vietnam War is referred to as the America War? For folks like me, born into a relatively safe and stable country, this piece of knowledge puts a different perspective on the conflict.

Many of you would be aware that, as a way of avoiding direct confrontation with US forces, North Vietnamese troops established a series of supply lines into South Vietnam. To compound the problem the supply lines crossed into Laos and Cambodia, countries that were neutral in the conflict. US President Richard Nixon ordered large scale carpet-bombing of the border regions of both Laos and Cambodia. The bombing was largely indiscriminate and cost the lives of many innocent civilians. Some of the bombs failed to explode on impact. Those that were found were dissembled and, where possible, their shells recycled and put to more domestic use. In this case as supports in the construction of a village hut. I’ve also seen former US Army parachutes used as shade cover for patrons in outdoor restaurants.

This image was made in a small village close to the town of Phonsavan, Laos in the region famous for the Plain Of Jars. I made the image with a Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M Aspherical lens on Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film. The purpose of this image is to introduce the viewer to the location and the story or theme explored. With permission granted I continued into the village with the intention of learning more about the lives of its inhabitants and documenting that new understanding through a series of engaging portraits.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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