Monday, 4 February 2013

Krister Halvars | Laos

Photo © Krister Halvars. All Rights Reserved

Laos is another country which I haven't featured often on the pages of The Travel Photographer Blog. I've traveled to Laos a few years ago, but it hasn't clicked with me photographically-speaking...despite its many attributes. Over the two weeks of my visit, I managed to photograph in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and Vang Vieng but my favorite experience were the few days I spent on Khone Island.

So I was glad to encounter Krister Halvars' website which showcases Laotian photographs. The Laos gallery (you have to wait a few seconds for the galleries to appear) has 17 images of which, in my view, the one above of the Mekong fisherman is the most striking.

In his sparse biography, Krister tells us he was a fighter pilot in the Swedish Air Force, then a commercial pilot on SAS.

Laos is a single-party socialist republic, and its mainstay export is by generating electricity from its rivers and selling the power to its neighbors  namely Thailand, China, and Vietnam. That said, both Vietnam and Cambodia urged it to halt construction of a $3.5 billion dam on the Mekong because it threatens the livelihood of millions who live downstream.