Laos, a place that lets me discover it

I was asked not that long ago, “Why Laos?” I didn’t quite know, but did feel that Laos was calling me. So I set about to find out more on my most recent trip there in February, a place that continues to let me discover it. 

 A city street in Vientiane

A city street in Vientiane

 Detail of a temple in Luang Prabang

Detail of a temple in Luang Prabang

Laos’ aesthetic is inviting, intriguing, and alive. From its Buddhist temple art, its living cultures among many distinct ethnic groups, and range of traditional designs in textiles, it’s calling me for deeper exploration and learning. 

Laos' aesthetic is also inviting in its urban spaces, its rural landscapes, its daily life. With an artist's eye I notice details, textures, and compositions. This is what I've captured in the images here. 

 Building detail in Savannakhet

Building detail in Savannakhet

 Street vendor at Kuang Si Falls

Street vendor at Kuang Si Falls

 Bamboo bridge to Xang Khong village

Bamboo bridge to Xang Khong village

 Temple guardian in Vientiane

Temple guardian in Vientiane

 In the village of Ban Lahanam

In the village of Ban Lahanam

I am no expert, nor a historian, anthropologist, or curator. But as an artist and social entrepreneur, my curiosity opens up to discover the people and story connected with the aesthetic that draws me in. I try to do this especially with the textiles traditions and weavers.

And sometimes, often times, I don't know 'the story' of what is or why. These image are like that. Wordless stories emerging out of respectful seeing that open up to being okay to reside in not knowing.