Thursday, January 28, 2010

Participant's Images

Last night we had our farewell dinner at Phnom Penh's famous Foreign Correspondent's Club. Our photo tour has been an amazing journey. I have asked that each participant provide one image to post here. The following are their photographs.
Judi Purcell of Pensacola Beach Florida, a two time Jim Cline Photo Tour participant, made this image using a Casio point and shoot digital camera. As you can see, it's not about the equipment that one uses, it's about the eye of the artist. Bravo to Judy for showing us that we don't need to lug around all that heavy, expensive, high tech gear. The image was shot in a small village in Laos, during our 2-day boat trip from Chaing Khong Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos.
Judi Purcell's husband, Harry captured the above image while visiting the Karen Long Neck Hill Tribe in Northern Thailand. Harry noticed a small child wearing the traditional neck rings and carefully positioned himself so that the child's mother was visible in the frame. The child alone would have made an excellent photo, but Harry took this image to a completely higher level by providing context and an additional area of interest. Way to go Harry! For more of Harry and Judi's images see their website HERE
Dr. Michael Rosenfeld, a primary care physician from Vancouver BC, Canada; a first time Jim Cline photo tour participant, snapped the above image of two beautiful Cambodian dancers at Bayon temple at Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Using an 18-200mm Nikon VR lens, Michael captured this amazing shot. Michael commented that this image exemplifies for him, the typical Cambodian "warm welcome" which we received throughout the country. This photo should be on the cover of every Cambodian tourist brochure! Nice job Michael!
One of my favorite images of our trip was shot by Aaron Teitel. Aaron has traveled extensively and has participated in many photo tours and photo workshops, so we were delighted when he signed up for our tour. Aaron captured this moment, when three young Laotian boys were sitting on a low stone wall. The playfulness and camaraderie of the children is so typical here, and this shot gives us a feeling for not only the place, but also a feeling of a culture. Aaron shot this image with a Canon 5D Mark II, and a 28-300 zoom lens (at 170mm). Wonderful image Aaron!


Celso Mollo said...

Too bad I don't have a photo to be posted as a participant.
I feel that I participated in the workshop too. I've been reading and seeing the pictures of this amazing journey.
Too bad you don't have much time during the tour to write more, I understand how hard is to do this while having to deal with everything that envolves a tour like the ones you lead and I appreciate the fact that you take your time to share the experience with us.
Thanks Karl

robbie said...

Way to go, Judi, with your faithful Casio!! Great picture.
Harry, your pictures are also a
pleasure to look at. Loved your Peru shots on your site - brings back great fun memories.


Jim House said...

The pictures here are very good. But in Cambodia, they do not tell quite the whole story or, at least, a critical part of Cambodia's most recent story. What stays with me most vividly from my visit to Phnom Penh in 2009 with Karl were the images from the Killing Fields, images which I did NOT record with my camera: first, images of the 3-story glass house--shaped like a jar--which was filled with human skulls; second, images of the sunken areas which were mass graves; third, images of signs telling visitors that Pol Pot's disciples bludgeoned and/or hacked to pieces any persons unlucky enough to arrive showing any signs of life. Why? Pol Pot's disciples, who, to be sure, had pistols and rifles, wanted to hoard their bullets.

ruthdeb said...

Ditto Jim. I was on the 2010 trip, and also didn't photograph the killing fields much at all.. realizing once I got home that I wished I'd taken more. I agree with every untaken picture on your list, plus: the violent tranquility of the lush unexcavated wetlands behind the monument... with fish and frogs and birds chirping above the Rest.