Why Sign up for our teen photo camp? Here is one of many reasons: One evening at Camp this coming summer, Garret will present an exciting evening of fine art photography and commentary from his recent foray into Southeast Asia. Hopefully someday you too will be able to travel and take marvelous photographs to sell back home or treasure for a lifetime. Be sure and see Garret’s attached photos from his recent four month trip to Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and even Burma. Below is a synopsis of his photo-journey to be expanded upon at camp this summer:
I’ve always been intrigued by Southeast Asia, enamored by photographs I’ve seen since my childhood. Taking a trip there has always been a dream of mine, so this year I decided to finally make it a reality. With 60 lbs. of equipment strapped to my back, and a small duffel with a change of clothing slung across my chest, I bought a one way ticket to Bangkok. I didn’t have an itinerary or a plan, I just knew I wanted to meet some amazing people and capture somewonderful images, so I set off to make it happen.
As I knew I had an arduous journey ahead, I started my trip off in a relaxing way on the Thai island of Phuket, helping a fellow photographer out on a Television show he was filming. After two weeks shooting two dozen models on the most beautiful beach I’ve ever experienced, I was ready to see another side of Asia, a little more off the beaten path. I flew to Hanoi, where I bought a motorcycle, and set off on the most amazing 4,000km ride of my life. My tour began to the north where I wandered China’s southern provinces, spending the evenings wandering the Li River valley and photographing the local fisherman. Unlike most fishermen, these used cormorant birds to catch the fish for them! From there I ventured onward to China’s Redland, Doungchuen, where the earth and harvest give the land the most amazing pallet. After then touring through the rice terraced mountains of northern Vietnam, it was another 2,000km through marvelous mountain landscapes and old fishing coastlines to Saigon until I finally made it to Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is the home of Angkor Wat in all of its ancient splendor, where my beloved bike and I parted ways. It was then on to northern Thailand for the infamous lantern festivals, Loy Kathong and Yii Ping. I was very fortunate that both landed on the same day, so it was hundreds of thousands of floating lanterns and an entire weekend with fireworks filling every alleyway of the old city. From there, I rented a motorcycle and headed for the Burmese border, where I spent a week wandering through miles of undeveloped caves and rainforests in Pang Mapha. After that difficult journey, I was ready to relax a bit, so I began to work my way south. After a brief stop in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, I took a catamaran to Koh Tao, one of Thailand’s tropical paradises. I spent a week scuba diving ship wrecks, swimming with turtles and searching for whale sharks. After 4 months on the road and 4 terabytes of images to go through, I headed back to Los Angeles, happy to see some familiar sights but quickly missing the fascinating land and people I left behind.
It was odyssey or raw adventure I’ve always dreamt of having, and it lived up the pedestal I’d placed it on. It was life-changing to experience such diverse and beautiful landscapes, and meet such an interesting cross section of people. This is an intriguing land where a hundred miles can separate two completely separate ways of life! Diverse cultures have been developing for 1000′s of years, and there is an infinite number of things to explore and journeys to experience. It was truly the definition of a trip of a lifetime, and I already can’t wait to have another. Iceland, here I come!!