This is the second photo that I am posting of the Meusser people. The first did not attract 1 comment or critique, although I really liked the photo. But maybe it was more the memory of taking the photo for me.
This was part of a two day trek in Northern Laos. Which was very difficult and at times incredbly difficult. The rains had just started and trekking in tevas was not a good decision. The paths were literally being hacked out of the jungle by our guide Sikham and the leeches were having a feest. I counted over 30 on the first day! But finally we arrived in this remote village, Ban Namkap Neua, one of five Lahu (Meusser) villages in the district, where we took a break and enjoyed snacks prepared by the villagers and water. Having not seen many westerners they were as curious of us as we were of them. From here it was a further 2 hour walk to Ban Nampaman and Ban Nam Noi, two Meusser villages nestled in the hills. Where we ate dinner and rested for the night.
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pratyeka (281) 2004-08-08 6:05
Sorry about that - I viewed your first shot and was most interested, but didn't comment. I've been to Luang Namtha but didn't make it out to any tribes, so it's great to see these shots for me. This one's also interesting, the note's Ok - perhaps you could make it more interesting with some details of the Meusser's life ... what do they eat, what kind of houses do they build, how large are their villages, where are they found, etc. Still, an interesting shot and an OK note.
I must say, they seem to be wearing mass-produced (probably Chinese) clothing, so they can't be too far away from the roads (or rivers)...
Robert_L (385) 2004-08-08 6:13
Both Musur photos just look like snapshots to me. People standing in front of people not paying any attention to you. Not very well thought out. Also, blurry to my eyes. Next time try to isolate one or two persons and engage them in the photography. Watch out for the background.
scalerman (26900) 2004-11-04 19:09
so many elements in this picture and no-one noticing you. keen.
zips (1958) 2006-09-28 8:12
I wouldn't worry too much about not getting comments regarding this type of photo. For some folks, it is easier to avoid the reality.
Your photographers notes are great. Most folks don't realize how difficult traveling through Laos they way you did is. Just getting there is half the battle.
James Nachwey won a Pulitzer prize for his photography as you may know. He said it is very difficult to get photo editors to run the more harsh stories, as people tend to turn away from them. Once one goes to a place and sees the conditions first hand however, it's impossible not to want to share the story.
Thanks for doing so.
Waylim (25186) 2009-04-03 21:43
Looking at you old post, Wow, impressive you made it all the way to the remote area, especially back then. When Laos was not on the tourist map at all. Anyway, perhaps not the best shot you can do today, but the essence of the place, the people, the culturals espect is really great. My complements and admiration. Thanks Elaine.