Still Loving Still (photography)

Vietnamese Junks settle in for an evening's repose in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

What can I say? Even in the current craziness of the generation Y multimedia gobble-fest, I am still in love with a medium that has changed relatively little since its inception over a century ago. Sure, the way in which we create the photograph has changed quite drastically for most, but the end result remains rather unchanged. Simply put, still imagery can convey a message or tell a story quicker than any other medium out there. It’s ability to produce instantaneous thought provocation is undeniable. Joy. Sadness. Anxiety. Awe. Sympathy. Empathy. Desire. Disdain. You can’t help but FEEL SOMETHING in an immediate fashion when you look at meaningful imagery. It can send you reeling into the future, or transport you back in time. And that’s why I for one, (and many others out there I imagine) will ever fall out of love with this timeless medium.

Southeast Asia Photo Tour

Laotian man in market at Luang Prabang, Laos shot by AdamBarkerPhotography with M&M Photo Tours.

It’s been a fantastic first week of our photo tour through Southeast Asia with M&M Photo Tours! Time is always scarce on these jam packed jaunts, so I’ll just throw up a few images and hopefully get a bit more time to delve into the details later. So far, highlights have included seeing the annual lantern festival in Luang Prabang, visiting the crazy markets in Hanoi and wandering the terraced rice fields of Sapa. We take a night train back to Hanoi tonight, and then it’s off to spend an evening on one of the most beautiful areas of shoreline in the world: Ha Long Bay. 84 gb of memory shot so far, many bowls of pho devoured, far less mosquito bites than one would expect, and countless unforgettable experiences. Here’s to another week through Indochina!

Buddhist monks eating breakfast at Luang Prabang, Laos shot by AdamBarkerPhotography with M&M Photo Tours.

CIty view of Luang Prabang, Laos shot by AdamBarkerPhotography with M&M Photo Tours.

Girl at lantern festival at Luang Prabang, Laos shot by AdamBarkerPhotography with M&M Photo Tours.

Boat races near Luang Prabang, Laos shot by AdamBarkerPhotography with M&M Photo Tours.

Tree in mist near Sapa, Vietnam shot by AdamBarkerPhotography with M&M Photo Tours.

Southeast Asia Slideshow

Southeast Asia was an unbelievable experience on so many fronts. It really is difficult to encompass even a fraction of it in a slideshow. Many thanks to M&M Photo tours for giving me this fantastic opportunity to lead this trip as a guest pro! In a nutshell:

  • Over 7,000 images shot
  • 1,000 keepers
  • 104 selects presented in this slideshow.

Shoot like it’s your last day on earth. EDIT RELENTLESSLY. And enjoy the show!