"A Flower In The Forest"

The Red Dao wedding dress is seen as the summit of success in a women’s sewing accomplishments. Mother and daughter are known to spend up to a year making nothing else but a brand new ceremonial outfit, in preparation for the big day.The Dao have maintained their traditional culture in costumes and language. Although they include many groups living...
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"The Ritual Of Seclusion" (Adult Themes) (Viewer Discretion)

As my eyes adjusted to the darkness that had engulfed the hut, a figure stood before me, the face covered in hair. The mid-day sun in all its brightness was lost inside my dark surroundings. I turned my gaze to the light streaming through the opening at the front of the Oca. Two young ladies silhouetted against the front entrance were busy painting...
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"Children Of The Moon"

He scurried quickly through the maze of thatched and bamboo huts. A young girl follows throwing bits of coral at the disappearing figure. The 6-year-old girl is an albino, and she is not unique among the Kuna, a band of indigenous people who live in Panama and Colombia, with the largest population in the San Blas Islands off the Panamanian coast. T...
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"A Bridge Too Far"

The idiom “a bridge too far” is typically used to reference something that is too ambitious or drastic to be realistic, or to describe an action that is very complicated and challenging to execute. Nature has been exceedingly kind and has endowed the beautiful Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh with diverse forests and magnificent wildlife. Cane and...
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"Ban Batt"

Barefoot and dressed only in saffron coloured robes, Theravada monks begin their daily ritual to collect alms (donations of food). Their only accessory to the ritual is the large bowl the monk carries known as ‘Bat’, these bowls have remained the same design for generations and are still made by traditional communities in Thailand. One such comm...
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"Tak Bat"

As the sun rises in Luang Prabang around 200 Buddhist monks depart from their various temples to gather their daily meal. The tradition of alms gathering dates back to the 14th century, yet still today, locals wake early to prepare the food for the monks and wait quietly by the roadside to give their gifts. Although the main purpose is for locals t...
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"Ethnik" "The Living Museum Fashion Show"

The textiles from Laos are some of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia. Today, the traditional costumes of the people are under threat by globalization. Not so long ago, if you travelled through the small villages and cities of Laos you would see all ages of women wearing the traditional costume of their village to school or work. The styles of th...
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"Ethnik" "Behind the scenes"

In March of 2014 while researching and making plans for a January 2015 trip to Laos, I came upon "Ethnik" "The Living Museum Fashion Show" at the Hive Bar and Restaurant in Luang Prabang. It seemed that they allowed people to photograph freely during the performance, but I was interested in something private behind the scenes. I contacted one of th...
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"Where Spirits Speak"

When researching the possibility of visiting one of the indigenous tribal groups in Brazil, it appeared that the biggest obstacle would be The National Indian Foundation or "FUNAI", a Brazilian governmental protection agency for Indian interests and their culture. It is the only government department in the world which is dedicated to the protectio...
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"Land Of Nomads"

From September onwards the cold begins to set in. Nestled under three layers of wool blankets the room is partially illuminated by the full moon. There was no need for an alarm clock as the donkeys started braying beneath my guesthouse window at 6 a.m. Tso Moriri lake in Changthang region of Ladakh is one of the most beautiful, calm and sacred high...
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"Woodland Spirits"

"Oun Sopheaktra" and "Srey Leak" were sitting on the floor starting to apply their make-up when I arrived. Placing my bag on the linoleum floor, I reconfirmed with my hosts that the intrusion of my photographic request would not affect their normal routines. The arrangements to photograph the Apsara had taken place over several days. "Miss Srey...
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"Dawn's Early Light"

"My name is Macy, just like the department store". The tiny twenty-four year old chatterbox was a graduate of a four year tourism and management school and currently working for CITS (China International Travel Service) in Guilin. Our 1.5 hour transfer to Yangshou was filled with a one sided conversation about her family and friends. I was booked i...
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"Daughters Of The Forest"

"It will not be safe to go into the tribal areas especially later in the day. The men, can, and will become very aggressive, as alcoholism is a major issue. They spend most of their time brewing and consuming liquor from rice, palm and the mahula flower. They are short-tempered and they get angry at the simplest thing. There are many Bonda men serv...
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"The Living Goddess"

"It is forbidden to photograph the Kumari inside the Kumari Ghar." My young guide repeated these words several times. I explained to him that my original guide, Buddhi, had been granted special permission through his contacts to allow me the privilege. A quick phone call by him confirmed that this was the case, and we proceeded to the home of Samit...
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"Heavenly Maidens"

A gentle knock at the door annouced their arrival. Mr Samchai with his palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion gave a slight bow; the "wai" is traditionally observed upon entering a home and is shown as a sign of respect. He introduced me to Miss Year, a dance instructor, and the two young ladies who would be my models. Twenty-six year old...
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