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Polaroids | Northern Vietnam

Just a few quick Polaroids from a motorbike trip into the mountains of northern Vietnam near Pu Luong national park, a few hours southwest of Hanoi. A simple, soul-affirming kind of drive along small dirt roads and over rickety bridges and chaotic highways. It was a wonderful way to end over a month of assignments that took me across Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. More to come once my film gets developed. So for now.

Vietnam | Skull Island Revisited

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to Halong Bay and Ninh Binh, so seeing these locales finally get their dues in the new King Kong film is pretty exciting. The movie looks beautiful, and I’m sure the landscapes they’ve used in northern Vietnam give the film that much more of an otherworldly quality. It’s a magical country, and if there ever was a 100-foot monster ape traipsing about in this world, I guess it could do worse than living amongst the limestone karsts and winding waterways of Trang An grottoes and the Gulf of Tonkin. So here’s to King Kong and Skull Island and northern Vietnam. Just seeing the previews makes me want to head back.

Travel Photography | Central Vietnam

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One of my first assignments of the year brought me back to a well-worn path between Hue and Hoi An for a few travel stories in central Vietnam. I can’t count how many times I’ve worked in that region, but it really never gets old. It has history and UNESCO-recognized heritage sites, some of the best food in the country, great beaches and mountains and villages, and much, much more. There’s always something new to discover. Here are a few images from my recent journey–photographs from Hue, Hoi An, and Danang.

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Complex Navigational Theory & The Year in Review

A young woman and a small temple in Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

There’s something self-aggrandizing and myth-making about year end lists. They usually mean a lot more to the author or photographer or whoever than to the audience they’re intended for. But so it goes. In the end it’s as much of a review as a showcase. I like looking back over my work, seeing what worked and what didn’t, what can be improved upon, what themes ran through, and what growth. I don’t believe in top tens or bests ofs; I’d much prefer a bludgeoning. So here are some images all taken in 2016. Probably a hundred plus. From distant shores and islands to mountains and temples and cities and everything else in between. Some work and some personal. Some that have made it into my portfolio and others that have fallen onto the cutting room floor. In no particular order. But all here now. So behold. And thank you. I don’t say that enough.

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A man salutes the late afternoon sun overlooking Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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A small Hindu temple near Anjuna Beach, in northern Goa, India.
Details from It Happened To Be A Closet in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand.
A cityscape of Bangkok, Thailand through a hotel window.
Spires inside the Wat Pho complex in Bangkok, Thailand.
Palm fronds and crystal blue waters on Ritidian beach in northern Guam.
A portrait of a Chamorro seafarer, holding an axe he uses to build canoes.
Locks of love at Two Lovers Point in Guam.
Thien Mua Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam.
Rice fields in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.
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A young woman walks into the open plains of northern Mongolia.
An old Russian van on the road in northern Mongolia.
A Tsaatan man poses for a portrait with his horse in northern Mongolia.
An old bomb at a war memorial near the southern coast of Guam.
A young man holds a land crab for sale along the roadside in southern Guam.
Crystal clear waters and white sand beaches on Guam island.
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The facade of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, India.
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The spa at La Veranda resort in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.
Yoga on the lawn of the Intercontinental Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand.
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The Cai Rang floating market outside of Can Tho in southern Vietam.
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A young monk sweeps the grounds at Tham Krabok temple in Saraburi, Thailand.
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A woman at the local market in downtown Panjim, India.
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A portrait of Boonsong Samrong outside of his home and gym in Rayong, Thailand.
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Kanlaya Chaiwarae and her three sons at their home in Rayong, Thailand.
Thailand Mourns The Death Of King Bhumibol
Thailand Mourns The Death Of King Bhumibol
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Wedding Photographs from 2016

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It’s funny, I never really think of myself as a wedding photographer, but over the course of every year I end up shooting a dozen or so around Southeast Asia. Mostly couples coming into Thailand & Vietnam from around the world, getting hitched on the beach or on some epic private villa’s sweeping lawn with the ocean as a backdrop. Could be worse. It’s tough for anyone to be in a bad mood on a tropical beach in the middle of Asia. So to celebrate the end of the year and to kind of recap this strange but wonderful little side business that sprung up out of nowhere a few years back, here are some images from the past 12 months. Give or take. From start to finish. Here’s to all of these amazing couples.

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Vietnam | The End of the Line

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After two weeks traveling up and down the length of Vietnam on an extremely inclusive and wide-ranging assignment for a new tourism initiative, my time here has finally come to an end. I could write thousands of words on this country, but for now this single image will have to suffice. It was my home for seven years and it still feels like a part of me every time I go back. It gets underneath your skin. Or maybe your nails. Or maybe a bit of everything. I’ll save a longer post for later. Right now, I’m tired and I need to pack.

Rhapsody in Green | The Mekong Delta

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