"IN THE SHADE OF DAMS"
Laos wants to climb up the ranking of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia where it occupies the last position. To do this, it's "selling" its consent to China and to the construction of dozens of dams and hydroelectric power stations on the Mekong and its main tributaries.
The population living on the edge of the rivers and the ecosystem are victims of this project. They are literally "relocated" in prefabricated villages on the hills or further downstream, agglomerations reminiscent of Indian reserves. Some dams have been completed, others are under construction, many approved. Pak Beng survives thanks to tourists who with slow boats descend the Mekong towards Luangprabang, and here is planned a dam that within a few years will change the morphology of the landscape and the life of its inhabitants. Further east, on Nam Ou and Nam Khan, there are already thousands of expropriated Laotian people.
Urban and human remains. Some places built and abandoned by man seem to be dead bodies, not ruins.
"THE FISH MARKET IN NEGOMBO"
The fish market in Negombo is a surprise. Great catamarans who sail the waves of the Laccadive Sea and hundreds of people on the beach await them. Some people wash the fish in the nets, others stretch it out to dry on palm mats while buyers crowd on the seashore. The poorest ones collect the smallest fish that fall from the nets while the richest ones get the best fish. A great and epic spectacle in which everyone seems to play a role.
"PEOPLE OF KARNATAKA"
Karnataka is one of the most multiracial Indian states. Contrasts and contradictions strike the visitor like fists in the stomach. People and places are bewitching, scents and colours assault you until stunned. Sometimes, choose to shoot in black and white is a necessity, not a style, so as not to be overwhelmed.