Laos Music Man

Laos Music Man. I met this musician my first night in Luang Prabang in northern Laos. He is out at the night market playing for money every night. We were not able to share any words, but we did share a smile, and I also shared some money in exchange to hear him play. He was a bit surprised when I sat on the pavement to listen to him play. My guess is the typical tourist either ignores him or throws in money and walks away.

I recorded his playing for a bit so you can check it out if you are interested.


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The image was shot on my Fujifilm X100T and processed in Lightroom. Originally I had cropped to a different ratio, but I re-edited from scratch for this post and kept the 3×2 ration. Black and white conversion was done in Tonality CK, and some dodging and burning was done in photoshop, with final tweaking done in Lightroom.

One of the challenges of doing all my photo editing on a 13 inch screen is that it’s hard to judge the full effect of my edits on such a small screen. Next computer I buy will need to be a minimum of 15 inches. Ideally I would have a home base where I could have  a proper setup for editing. But maybe next year…

Tomorrow I take the night bus to Pakse in the south of Laos. It’s going to be a 12 hour ride. From what I hear the road is a fairly safe one, with no mountains so it should be straightforward. I have my fingers crossed that the drive will be uneventful.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at