Images portraying the everyday life in India & Nepal. 21/08/2009
Various images portraying the everyday life & people of India & Nepal. 21/08/2009
Asia is part of my history, since I was born there, in Laos, during the war in the 70’s. I’ve been back several times, to look for my roots, but not only. I went back after the tsunami and when a friend of mine became a “saffron farang”, a foreigner Buddhist monk. And for holidays, of course.
When I visited India for the first time, in 2002, I took black and white pictures. During my second trip there, seven years later, I travelled with a digital reflex camera, the Canon EOS 400D (I bought the 7D since then) with one single lens, a 18-200 mm. Not the best one, but very practical: I like to travel with a light pack.
As always, when I travel, I focus my sight on the everyday life. I’m not really interested in taking pictures of landscapes or touristic monuments, those belong to my own memory. My camera is an extension of my way to see the world, and by paying attention to the everyday life of other cultures, I'm somehow looking for my own place in the world. Being an Asian living in France, even if I have a French nationality, I always stay a stranger. When I go to Asia, I feel a little bit at home, but I stay the Asian foreigner coming from a western country. So, where do I belong, then ?...
When I work in black and white, I use 3200 ISO films, even with bright natural lights. I like the texture of those films, I like strong contrasts. When I decided to work with color, using a digital camera, I tried to keep those effects. That's why I use a software such as Adobe Lightroom that offers me the possibility to make my pictures more contrasted with bright colors.
Those pictures were taken during a holiday trip to India and Nepal. As I've said, I’ve never really been interested in touristy activities. I prefer to roam the streets, to become invisible and to watch the people living there, and try and understand the way they live.