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Gallery Twenty Four: The Workplace -- essence of a culture

In Gallery Three, I explained how and why basic human values – the emotions, beliefs, traditions, and knowledge that we hold in common as human beings – are at the very core of expressive travel photography. You will find human values expressed in every arena of life itself – in the way we live, play, worship, and work. The workplace, in particular, is a wonderful source of images rich in human values. Wherever we travel, we will encounter people at work. Expressing their efforts to earn a living can reflect the essence of a culture, and bring a new dimension to your travel photography. This gallery will show you how to use images of the workplace to illuminate the culture you are interpreting with your camera.

You don’t have to walk into an office or factory to find good subject matter. You can always find people at work in stores and markets, on farms and in fields, on lakes and rivers, in public areas, churches, temples, construction sites – almost anywhere there is human activity.

All of the initial examples posted in this gallery were made in Laos and Burma in early 2005. In the future, I will be adding additional examples of images of people in the workplace made elsewhere, as well. I’ve selected most of these images from my archive of digital travel articles posted at:

This gallery is presented in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.