Living in Laos
In August 2008 I moved with my family to Laos for a year. We wanted to give our children—and ourselves—a break from American, or Western culture, and experience something new and different. And different we found: in Vientiane, capital of Laos.
While there, what impressed me most as a photographer was how Vientiane is like a living museum of vernacular architecture that reflects its colonial history—the French, but also the American and Soviet. I also got the sense that the city was going to change tremendously over the next decade. Like in neighboring China, older buildings would get destroyed to make way for the ubiquitous glass towers. I wanted to photograph these buildings to keep a record of this history.
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