Photo: Smoking Man in Phongsaly Province, Laos

Black and White Image of Man Smoking in Indigenous Village Hut in Remote Phongsaly Province, Laos

Black and White Image of Man Smoking in Indigenous Village Hut in Remote Phongsaly Province, Laos

I made this image on a visit to a remote village in Phongsaly Province, Laos. I was invited inside of this communal hut to share a meal and the adults were having a good time, relaxing and enjoying a bit of Lao Lao (rice whiskey) afterward. It was a simple room, raised off the ground on stilts, with a tin roof, sun baked wooden slats for walls and dirt floors. I thought this moment made a poignant portrait that served a bit as a window into remote Laotian life.

Developed using software from the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Lightroom and Photoshop)

Exposure: 1/160 sec @ f/5
ISO: 1000
Focal Length: 58 mm

Created with: 

Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP DSLR
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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