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Aerial view of the clam harvest field and workers in Thai Binh, North Vietnam - Pics of Asia tour

A holiday photography session in Vietnam

By Etienne / February 26, 2018 / 11 Comments

This week marks the end of the Tet holiday or Lunar New Year (please stop calling that the Chinese new year, mostly here in Vietnam!). Like every year I took some time off Hoi An with my family and we traveled to Thai Binh province, where my wife grew up. Thai Binh is basically located…

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Woman posing in a factory in Bangladesh

Dhaka brick factories

By Etienne / January 28, 2016 / 5 Comments

On my recent trip to Bangladesh, I really wanted to go and visit the brick factories around Dhaka. I heard great things about them (in terms of photography of course) and really wanted to spend some time there.   After explaining my hotel receptionist that I wanted to go there, he recommended that I don’t…

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Photojournalism in Laos

By Etienne / December 27, 2015 / 3 Comments

Every year, during my photography tours in Asia, I will ask at some point to all participants to create a little story. I give everyone a few hours to walk through a certain village, town, area, and find a story to document. This is a great exercise and I often find that people make some…

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The shipyards of Dhaka

By Etienne / December 17, 2015 / 1 Comment

Last December while visiting Bangladesh, I had the chance to stumble upon the shipyards of South Dhaka early morning. After having spent only 1 day in Bangladesh it was a big shock to face these very poor working conditions, but the friendliness of the people made up for it. At about 7 am, people gather…

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Chin man smoking a pipe

The shaman from the Chin state

By Etienne / November 15, 2015 / 8 Comments

On my recent trip to the Chin state, Myanmar, I met Ha Mo Ki. He is 60 years old and the shaman of a small village in the surroundings of Mindat, Myanmar. When meeting him and discovering his wild character, I decided to ask him a few questions, with the help of my translator. Ha…

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ship building in Vietnam

Shipyard

By Etienne / June 12, 2015 / 0 Comments

On the lagoon is a shipyard ashore Where boats grow daily Men there surely know the wood Sculpting it shaping it Puzzling it together To create what will be home For long days at sea  

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pylons in Tam Giang lagoon

Pylons

By Etienne / June 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

  While visiting Tam Giang lagoon I saw all these pylons Why were there here I did not know I came closer and met some men Destroying them with energy Dancing like dragonflies around trees sculpting them to look unreal in this mirror like landscape  

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Boy laying down in the water

The tragic destiny of Lang Co bay

By Etienne / April 2, 2015 / 11 Comments

  It is funny how sometimes your prejudices can be washed away in minutes. Or maybe it is sad. [hr style=”1,2,3,4″ margin=”40px 0px 40px 0px”] 2 weeks ago, I was leading a 3 day photography workshop through central Vietnam. We started in Hoi An, and ended up around Lang Co and Tam Giang lagoon, which…

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Man working bamboo in Vietnam

The bamboo man: the story of Le Sa

By Etienne / December 22, 2014 / 9 Comments

For some of you who have been following me regularly on Facebook or G+, you may have seen me talk about the bamboo man before. I have been posting portraits of him for the past 5 years – ever since I started to regularly visit his village with Hoi An Photo Tour &Workshop.   I first met Le Sa…

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