Later today I jump a flight to Nairobi. I’ll be gone for almost 4 weeks between the Safari and an NGO assignment among the Rendille in the far north of Kenya near the Ethiopian border. So it could be a while before I drop a line. Hoping I can get a postcard of to you when I am back in Nairobi between gigs, but don’t hold your breath. I get home on February 16 and then it’s a few short, panic-filled days as I lead up to packing Jessie, giving the keys to this condo back to the landlord, and striking out on this adventure. Speaking of adventures….
In September, Jeffrey Chapman and I will accompany eight participants on a photographic adventure in former Indochina. This is our first tour in Southeast Asia, and it’s our first multi-country workshop. I’ve got a lot of travel coming this year – heck, the whole year is travel – but this one is going to be a highlight.
We will begin our adventure in Vientiane, Laos but head almost immediately to the Luang Namtha Province of northwest Laos, bordering Burma/Myanmar and China. This portion of our adventure will include beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, jungles, minority villages and travel by private boat along the Mekong. We will overnight along the banks of the Mekong in a luxury-tented ecolodge.
Our journey along the Mekong will conclude in breathtaking Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will devote several days to photographing the wats (temples), monks and daily life along the shores of the convergence of two rivers and the wonderfully preserved historic section of the town center.
We will then fly to Siem Reap to visit the magnificent temples of Angkor, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the stilt houses, floating villages and life on lake Tonlé Sap.
While we will cover a lot of area on this tour, it won’t be rushed. We will take our time to absorb, linger and wait for the excitement of the new and exotic to blend with an understanding of our surroundings. We will work to find our vision. We’ll photograph in the early mornings and evenings, spend mid-days talking, discussing, learning and working to develop our art.
For the full itinerary and additional details, please visit the Laos + Angkor Within The Frame mini-site by clicking here. As the trip is limited to eight participants, we recommend reserving your spot as soon as possible. Email David and me for an application.