Photographer's Note

Muang Sing is an amazing little place in northern Laos. It is close to the Chinese border. This border crossing is not open to tourist traffic, but only for transporting of goods etc. But the market at Muang Sing is amazing for one reason, it is a melting pot of ethnic groups. So if you are there in the morning, your eyes will be treated to a real show of color, and of course culture. Like all of us crazed photographers know, taking pictures of people in a semi-candid way, is not necessarily an easy task, and a delicate one at best. I tried to be invisible in the crowd.....dream on. But at least I tried to be sensitive, and not too intrusive, but I am sure my snapping away, and pointing was, well......noticeable. This particular lady, had a bit of an attitude, and I am the first to admit, it is her right. In the end I recollect that I paid her, as rightfully I should have. Still it made for some interesting politics for a short time, and I respect her for standing up for herself, as surely she has had to do on numerous occasions before, just to get by in this life. It also made for I hope an interesting picture, because I feel the fire kind of shines through.

If I was more of an expert in Minority groups, I could tell you from which one she came from and list all the others that were there, but I am not and expert. Still, it is my uneducated guess that there were at least a dozen different groups represented.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Steve Saba (stevesaba) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 25 N: 825] (8167)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-04-13
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Camera: Fujipix s5600
  • Exposure: f/3.2, 1/240 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-11-21 23:46
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Points: 7
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