A glance, a smile, a word, an acknowledgment of each other – a meeting between two people can be as brief as a second, but last in your memory forever.
Traveling and meeting people opens your eyes to new ways of life and gives you a different perspective on things.
One of the most amazing parts of traveling in Asia are the people you meet – they come from completely different cultures with different traditions and different ideas.
It’s not often that you get to capture those meetings, because once you bring our the camera the moment is gone, so often the images will only stay alive in your memories.
The photo above was taken in a rural village in Laos where I was amazed to find five year old children smoking huge tobacco pipes, and half finished coffins under every house.
Apparently, when the people in the village turn 50, they all start carving their own coffins to prepare for when they die…
The days on the tea plantations in Sri Lanka are long and tiresome, and the hard working tea pickers only earn a little over 1 dollar per day, two if they’re “lucky”.
We gave this woman some tip after taking some photos, and it was such a sad feeling knowing that the money she works so hard every day to earn, we spend in a heartbeat on the most useless things like ice cream and nail polish.
We met these fishermen on a morning market in Thailand, selling their newly caught fish from the previous night – they seemed like two men with a lot of stories to tell.
In Thailand, beauty competitions are extremely popular, and we happened to stumble right into one that had the theme “Possessive father and beautiful daughter”.
Off-stage the girls were treated like celebrities, with lots of girls coming up to have their autographs and pictures taken together.
These tough girls in Laos were bored and cocky – and underneath it all, pretty charming..
These are a few photos we’ve taken of people in Asia which were recently shared on the Manfrotto photo blog …