Woman possessed by a spirit, telling the future outside Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia during Tet (Lunar New Year).
(Oh, and here’s Ankor Wat in case you’re not familiar)
In February this year, I went on a trip to Cambodia and northern Viet Nam. While I was there, I adventured out of my usual photographic focus (landscapes and buildings) and decided to photograph people, both candid shots and also asking for permission to take a portrait–which pushed me out of my comfort zone because I’m secretly shy! I was particularly interested in showing how kids lived and how they dress in other parts of the world because back home I work in the schools. Anyway, I’m officially going to launch a themed series of photos within Samples of Southeast Asia around portraits. Check out my first attempts at capturing people. Please offer any advice on what I can do better to capture the message or emotions.
Smile, relax and be friendly. From my Peace Corps experience I found there were always people ready to try to talk me. They’re as curious about you, maybe more ship, as you are about them. Good luck!
Great advice! Thanks! Where did you go for Peace Corps?
The Philippines, way down South in Mindanao.
Cool!! What an awesome life experience!!