It was a cold and windy day when we arrived at the Plain of Jars, Site Three in Xieng Khouang province in Central Laos. We had hired a driver, but you can’t get too close without walking, maybe a kilometer, through rice fields and pasture. Because there are still many unexploded ordinance (UXO) from left over from U.S. warplanes carpet bombing the area, you have to stay on marked trails to avoid being another casualty of a war that ended, for most people, over forty years ago.
I love making travel photographs in inclement weather. Not because I am some sort of masochist, but because I think bad weather brings more drama to images and avoids harsh shadows. It seems strange that such a historically significant site, such as this section of the Plain of Jars, can be viewed absent any other people, but such is the beauty of living in a country still relatively unmolested by throngs of tourists.
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