It's an early morning in Luang Prabang, January 1973. The small market stalls along the main street have opened but business doesn't seem to have taken off yet.
When this picture was taken, Laos was still at war. Luang Prabang was quiet most of the time except for occasional shellings of the airport or the outskirts of the city. The guerilla was very close, and although I didn't notice any lack of food, the local farmers may have had problems getting their products to the market.
Luang Prabang was characterized by several colourful Buddhist pagodas and monasteries and faded French colonial buildings. These days it's a major tourist hub and has probably seen a lot of restoration, but in 1973 very few foreigners came here.
This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-07-30 1:16
Hello Gert! Very interesting place, interesting scene. Good POV, very good capture. Original shot. Good luck!
Disabled_A (0) 2008-07-30 1:27
again an interesting daily life scene, especially from the country which I'm unlikely to visit although I'm very interested in it (and in Asia, in general). Each photo is a value.
For such a very old scanned slide it's a very good photo!
There's a lot to see in the picture: surroundings (the old building, trees), people(and what each of them is doing), food they sell, even expressions on the people's faces. And I'm even trying to guess what sort of weather/climate it was :)
The colours are in a good balance, as always!
thanks a lot and best regards,
kadirim (879) 2008-07-30 2:47
Wonderful composition and wonderful daily life picture.Well done.
BeBeHooker (0) 2008-07-30 3:00
Amazing people. Amazing scene. Very good point of view. Original job.
Manuj (441) 2008-07-30 3:46
how are you?
nice view of morning market.
very well captured these local faces.
nice daily life shot.
fine composition with good colours
nice natural lighting.
i like the old architecture at the back which makes a fine BG.
izmirli (3989) 2008-07-30 6:54
selamlar dear gert
excellent daily life picture and composition.wonderful colours and baazar.well done.
nirvana73 (0) 2008-07-30 8:58
very nice daily life shot
beautiful soft color and composition
tanks for sharing and explanations
emka (105446) 2008-07-30 13:30
View of the Louang prabang. Wonderful city. Five years ago there were many tourists there but it preserved still unique atmosphere. And we could buy baguettes what was good. To eat rice or noodles three times a day during a month was rather hard. Splendid old photo, with nice house, palms and people in colourful dresses. They still wear such pareo. I use one as table cloth.
scroller (3445) 2008-07-31 0:10
A very live-full dailylife photo. It consists of several small happenings peopel looking at each other. What makes it even better is your describing story behind.
wolf38 (31296) 2008-07-31 8:10
Hello Gert. Market in the morning, - directly beside the road. Buyers look at themselves the goods. The people are dressed traditional. The photo is very alive and has documentary worth. It pleases me very well. Best regards, Wolfgang.
petrecretzu (168) 2008-07-31 9:50
Very interesting picture - and a very good one, but I'm not going to talk about technical aspects. The "thing" about this picture is the story it tells, this scene from the everyday life during an interesting period. Your note is very intructive too, thanks for sharing!
saxo042 (37966) 2008-08-04 2:24
Many fine details here and and a good capture of daily life. What kind of vegetables are they selling?
noborders (1010) 2008-08-08 7:16
Great POV, I lıke the buıldıng at the BG and ıt ıs amusıng to observe the dıfferent actıvıtıes goıng on... Colours are fıne too, a fıne ımage of a very beautıful place !
Regards from east Turkey - Georgıan border where I feel overwhelmed by the frıendlıness of the people and the warmth of the clımate despıte the altıtude,
Waylim (25436) 2009-03-23 12:34
just happen to see this one on random display, It grabbed my attention right away. A very typical scene, looks like the end of the maket hour, most things seem to be sold and they are almost ready to go home. I like the colonial style building in the background giving such a contrast to the way of life in Loas. Good quality for a scanned image. Very nicely done. Thanks
vincz (19113) 2009-03-24 0:32
Saw this since another memeber critiqued it after exhumating it from past post in your gllery. Siuch a great atmosphere, I still remeber such scenes in Luang Prabang before it opened to urism. I has the chance to get there as well in the 80s and it was still in a similar state. Great souvenir that you are bringing back to my memory. Thanks.
candra (56) 2010-12-30 19:42
Wow.. Love the colors. And knowing it was taken in 1973 made me goosebumping. Great work!
serp2000 (45532) 2012-04-12 20:44
I see very modest market. But I remember different assortment on the streets of LP. An interesting documental photo from the past of Lao People Democratic Republic, although you had visited the Kingdome of Laos.
Have a good friday!
KristinsCamera (2384) 2013-09-05 18:03
a lovely tableau... the colors are marvelous enough as to look art-directed. but i know they are not, as it is so interesting how this all fell together randomly. beautiful old house, the repetitions of greens and reds, the palm trees, the almost surly or suspicious expressions on the faces of some of the vendors, altogether another great capture, gert.
ourania (50541) 2015-09-08 13:34
I like this picture very much, it's wonderfully composed and cropped to hold a thorough scene within the frame, its full of people, interesting details and daily life rhythm. The house in the background makes a superb scenography and, even though each of the people is wearing different colours, there's a solid sense of harmony. There's a sense of mystery too and the scene reminds me of "the world's a stage". Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
jmdias (67899) 2017-01-28 5:03
interesting this open air market, in some aspects remember me those ones in bolivia and peru and even in india. nice the twin baskets , typical of this region. TFS this old image.