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Red Riding Hood

This is a portrait of a porter, whose name I shamefully can’t remember. She joined my group and I on a three day trek with a bag hanging from her head and flip-flops on her feet. This image represents a physical manifestation of a change in my perspective. I named it ‘Red Riding hood’ based on the fable and its telling ‘not to stray from the path.’ I was brought up on the logic of building a family and providing a home. A path I deviated from. I made the decision to take some time out and experience other cultures. This particular experience, at an early stage in my travels, opened my eyes to many things. More specifically our porter was a true inspiration. She represents the breaking of that rule just as red riding hood did in her story, with a less dark ending... hopefully.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2017
Photo Location: Luang Nampha, Laos
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Joe Powderham