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A huge group of photographers in Mu Cang Chai lining up with their tripods

Open letter to photographers

By Etienne / September 25, 2018 / 21 Comments

After spending the last couple of years talking about the Ethics of Travel photography and trying to spread the word about said ethics, I feel the task is getting more difficult on a daily basis. When travelling around Asia, l have increasingly witnessed actions by some photographers that left me with a bad taste in…

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Novice walking in a small alley in Mandalay, Myanmar

Taking it to the streets

By Etienne / January 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

While Travel photography can be very different from street photography (mostly when it is about landscapes), I find some very strong similarities between both fields. I do get most of my inspiration from photojournalism and street photography, and this can be very helpful when dealing with fast moving situations.   In order to be effective…

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The power of Black and White

By Etienne / March 27, 2014 / 4 Comments

I don’t know if you have noticed but for the past weeks I have almost only be posting black and white images on my facebook page and Google plus. I don’t know, I guess I am in a black and white mood.   I also understand more and more that Black and white has such…

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black and white photo of Kmu women in Laos

Getting close or staying far from your subject? A discussion

By Etienne / March 11, 2014 / 5 Comments

A while ago, I met Tad during a photo tour in Hoi An. Following this tour we have had an email discussion about 2 different ways of shooting people while traveling: getting close or staying far from your subject? This discussion dates from a while back but I did lost track. Finally I am posting…

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My view on composition

By Etienne / December 8, 2012 / 11 Comments

There is a speech I have done hundreds of time. Teaching photography taught me to structure the way I talk about composition and trying to make it short and simple. So let’s absolutely not do that in this blog post.   All right, open any photo book, and go to the composition page. What do…

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