Gavin Gough
Editorial, Humanitarian & Travel Photographer



Mekong Manicure


Every evening, young women on bicycles arrive on the banks of the Mekong river in Vientiane. The women offer a portable manicure service to passers-by. Their baskets each contain a nailbrush, soap and nail clippers.

As the sun begins to sink towards the Mekong river and before the riverbank becomes busy with joggers and pedestrians, the women take time to chat with each other.


Canon EOS 5D MKIII, EF 50mm f/1.2, 1/8000th at f/2.8 at ISO100

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