Mind Travel: Portraits, SE Asia

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” 

~ Gustave Flaubert


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Monk Relaxing, Chiang Mai


Nikon, Portraits, Photography, SE Asia, Travel, Culture, People

Women, Night Market, Hoi An


Nikon, Portraits, Photography, SE Asia, Travel, Culture, People

Mahout, Chiang Mai


“My favorite thing is to go where I have never gone.”

~ Diane Arbus


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Hanoi Street Vendor


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Seashell Seller, Halong Bay


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Young Boy, Siem Reap


“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

~ Miriam Beard


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Hmong Weaver, Thailand


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Orchid Farmer, Thailand


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Flower Seller, Ho Chi Min City


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Room with a View, Siem Reap


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  1. Can’t resist you posts. Each is more beautiful than the previous one. you really have some magic in your photography. Incredible would be an understatement. Truly amazing

  2. These are so beautiful, Jane.

  3. Wow. You do great portraits too? I’m impressed.

  4. To go where one has never gone. The current situation has been an exercise in mind travel, to the past, and deep inside. Thank you for sharing your world. Warmest wishes to you, Jane.

  5. Wow Jane, beautyful Portraits 👍👍👍

  6. Your CV photos are so intriguing with a story, no doubt, behind each one. You are so right: the people do make the places. I marvel at how you were able to get their permission to be photographed. I struggle with asking, and I hate to try catching people unawares. You definitely have done a marvelous job with these.

  7. How did this get buried in my inbox? Each one is more exciting than the last one. The Vietnamese ones are my favorites…it’s hard to imagine what the old street vendor has been though…fantastic, Jane. 🙂

  8. Magnificent portraits Jane. Looks like we coincided in a few places from Cambodia to Tahiland. Not Vietnam, though I lived 6 months in Saïgon when I was 2or 3. Don’t remember zip. 😉
    And as they say in Thailand: Khop pung kraap… 🙏🏻

    • Thank you, Brian. We did many of the classic stops on our trip. One of my favorite trips. Interesting that you lived in Saigon. I just tried to translate your Thai expression and got a funny and wrong translation. What does it mean?

      • Sa wa dee krap… 🙏🏻
        A favourite trip for sure.
        We lived in Saigon for six months before moving to Cambodia. That was in-between the tow indochina wars…
        My spelling was probably atrocious. It means “thank you” said by a man. If a woman says it it comes out “Khop khun kha”. There are many variations in Thai whether you’re a woman or a man or depending who you address. An equal, an older person. etc. (I don’t speak Thai, just picked up a few words) And I find Thai exquisite politeness to be very endearing. 🙏🏻

  9. Life written all over some of these faces, Jane, and not an easy one. That Street Vendor stopped me in my tracks with her stare. And the other extreme of youth. Pure beauty in all of them. Fabulous work! 🙂 🙂 You’ve moved home now to Pasadena?

    • Happy you enjoyed these moments, Jo. It really is true that the people make the place and these were most memorable. Yes, settling into life in Pasadena. Very nice to be near family. Thanks very much for your kind words and I hope you continue to be safe and stay healthy. 🙂 🙂

  10. Amazing photography skills!!!

    Do check my blog and suggest, and follow…

  11. Beautifully composed portraits, I thoroughly enjoy traveling the world through your lens, Jane.

  12. Superb work Jane 👏🏻

  13. What a lovely collection of portraits and I am sure memories too.

  14. These are remarkable. Every one. Just a thought: how would they be in monochrome?

    • Hi Michael, Thank you very much! You are on the same wavelength. I experimented with many of these in monochrome and they work well. Great to revisit these and have a fresh look. Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

  15. Wonderful collection of portraits. I so look forward to be able to start exploring the world again. For now, I have to be content with virtual travel. (Suzanne)

  16. Another world opens, not better, not worse …just different and yet the same.

  17. This seems something of a departure for you, Jane, and I love these pictures! There’s not a poor one here – can we see more??? My favourites are Woman, night market, Hoi An (for the light and expression), and also Flower Seller Ho Chi Min City (for the moment caught and the composition). Keep on keeping on!!! 🙂

    • Hi Adrian, Going back through my archives to happier travel days. I think people photos are the shots that feel most rewarding. I think I will keep on keeping on with these. Thanks so much for your encouraging words. 🙂

  18. Beautiful portraits Jane. The sea shell seller in Ha Long bay is my favourite. And also what Diane Arbus said!

    • Hi Alison, It’s a good time to revisit images and these are all memorable moments. Seashell Seller is one that I hadn’t edited and I’m so glad I went back to her. Coming from you, a great travel photographer, your comment means a lot. Thanks very much! And yes, what Diane Arbus said, although now we would both go back to a place we’ve been in a second! 🙂

  19. These are wonderful, wonderful portraits – thanks, Jane!

  20. I tracked down the Flaubert quotation, which turns out to be from a letter he wrote in the 1850s: “Cela rend modeste de voyager ; on voit quelle petite place on occupe dans le monde.” From what I can tell of the letter, in that passage Flaubert was writing about Asia. You may not have known that when you picked the quotation.

  21. Lovely portraits, Jane.

  22. So expressive! Thanks for the enjoyable, mini-vacation, Jane. 🙂

  23. Fascinating portraits from the Asian realm!

  24. Some of the best portraits I have seen.

  25. hi jane, wonderful photo portrait, i like it very much.
    many greetings robert

  26. Yes and the smiles you’ve captured Jane and I agree lovely to travel in my minds eye…the smiles are warming for my soul ☺️💫 sending joy Hedy

  27. Thank you for transporting my mind far far away! Loved it.

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