PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine|August 2020
The barren landscapes and hazy light of Laos didn't appeal to David, however, he didn't let that stop him from photographing the local faces full of character

Vang Vieng, Laos. 16:31pm. 3 August 2009.

The view from Vang Vieng over the Mekong River to the Karst mountains beyond was spectacular. There was just one problem; we could barely see it.

Thick, heavy, smog lay over northern Laos and this time I wasn’t rueing Mother Nature’s contrariness – it was all the work of man. The practise of slash and burn agriculture, established over generations to stimulate new growth, had left the countryside looking post-apocalyptic and dumped huge amounts of ash into the heavy atmosphere. It seemed an act of short-sighted eco-vandalism, and bad news for us as any shoots of distant views would be impossible.


Pro travel & landscape photographer

DAVID IS AN AWARD-WINNING Canon photographer with more than 30 years’ professional experience. During his career David has travelled to just about every corner of the globe. In 2012, Canon invited David into its Ambassador Program by designating him an Official Canon Explorer. Info and photos at


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August 2020