British Peter Livermore has traveled to Laos many times for the past twenty years. He felt in love with the country and its people when he visited Laos for the first time in 1989.
“I love Laos, I love Lao people. It seems like in my last life, I was a Lao man. I love Lao people and every thing about Laos. Even the way I think…just like a Lao man, not in every thing though, because in fact, I am a white person,” he told VOA in a recent interview.
This is the first exhibition of Peter’s works in Laos. His photography is unique in its own way. His works are mainly pictures of the Lao people's ritual celebrations during religion festivals, such as Boun Ok Pan Sa and Boun That Luang. These photos are symbols of the true Laotians, as expressed by their harmonious and calm faces that reflect the inner soul of Laotians hearts.
“It’s very little light,” said Peter about his photography. I try to capture the un-capturable moments. The light sources I have are from moon light, candle and incent lights and firecracker lights. It’s the true beauties of the Laotians that interact with each other through their actions, expressions that I try to capture.”
"Lumieres du Mekong" will open in Paris, France, from Oct. 12 to mid- November and will continue in Luang Prabang from Oct. 25 to the end of the year. and also in Vientiane in mid-November for two weeks.
VOA will follow up and bring you future projects of Peter Livermore's.
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