Laos (III): The Dao Reung Market in Pakse

Pakse has a charming French colonial touch as part of its heritage but it is in rapid expansion due to tourism industry and strong commercial links with neighboring Thailand. The effervescence of this often chaotic growth is best experienced in Dao Reung Market. Shopping malls have yet to make its appearance in this town so everybody comes to this gigantic market to buy anything and everything they need…

Laos, August, 2013.

Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Tobacco seller at Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Dao Reung Market – Pakse, Laos, 2013

Returning home- Pakse, Laos, 2013

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photoblog, 2013

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5 responses

  1. This Laos series is how to photograph when traveling.

    January 4, 2014 at 01:34

    • António Marques

      Thanks, Ron.
      My usual dilemma in travel photography resumes itself to the question: Color or B&W?…

      January 4, 2014 at 20:06

      • For me it depends on the subject and how it strikes me. There are different approaches. Natural scenes and wildlife tends towards color. People towards black and white, but rules are made to be broken. Ask yourself, does color add or detract? Is color what caught your eye, or was it form, texture and lighting?

        January 4, 2014 at 20:26

      • António Marques

        Agree. In my case, as a personal preference, an image always works best in b&w until proven otherwise. But sometimes it is easy to prove otherwise…
        The thing with travel photography is that color (be it attractive or not in a given scene) is an inseparable part of the travel experience and I feel compelled to share it in its full extent.

        January 4, 2014 at 23:08

      • My attitude varies almost monthly with the B&W until proven otherwise feeling, and my polarity changes. No explanation available.

        January 4, 2014 at 23:15

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