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My Photo scholarship 2011 entry

Worldwide | Sunday, 30 October 2011 | flickr photos

While traveling in North Vietnam my camera and I spent some time following small, unknown trails into the mountains in search of minority villages around Bac Ha. I was delighted to discover the ladies and children of the Flower Hmong working the farmlands, selling their produce at local markets and tailoring embroidery on stunning traditional dress. It surprised me to see the women ‘taking care of business,’ so-to-speak, and learn of their importance within the community. I’ve tried to share with you what I encountered; the radiant beauty of the women and their strong sense of community, while showcasing their equally stunning traditional dress.

I live to travel and I love to take photos. I believe that the two, travel and photography, go hand-in-hand. By being a contentious and responsible traveler I am able to adapt to delve to the heart of the people and places I visit. I look at life from an alternative perspective and often through a lens; I love clambering to the tops of things, crouching in anticipation of a shot in the shadows, observing peculiar beauties, attempts at communication through crazy charades and, if all else fails, sharing a laugh, a smile and a moment with a stranger.

Beyond bridging technical skills, the opportunity to learn about Jason’s own photographic concepts and travel philosophies would help to connect my own metaphorical-travel-photography-dots following a year’s travel experience and crash course in cultural adaption in South East Asia.

I desire to evoke emotions in people through photographs; those I experience when I am inspired to discover new places from a glance at an intriguing photograph of an unfamiliar destination. Travel photography, for me, reveals an ever expanding web of learning opportunities and stories to be shared.

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