One of the best way to approach the locals and get to know them better while travelling, is to observe them and start a small chat while they are working and if the situation is appropriate. We have met lot of inspiring, hard working and generous people on the road and we could only admire the precise work they were performing with unbelievable craft, passion, patience, wit and sometimes also physical strength. This month we would like to share with you a selection of the most memorable photos of people working in Thailand, Laos, Turkey, Romania and Ukraine. A Laotian woman weaving in the traditional way. Luang Prabang, Laos. A fisherman throwing his net in the Nam Khan river in Luang Prabang, Laos. Silver craftsman at work on a new tableau, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A mechanic repairing a motorbike in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A Burmese farmer working in a tea plantation in Chiang Rai, Thailand. A clocksmith repairing a watch in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A beekeeper showing a frame of honeycomb in Nyzhnii Bystryi village, Ukraine. A lumberjack at work in the forest of Nyzhnii Bystryi. Transcarpathian region, Ukraine. A blacksmith working on a horseshoe in Chirpar, Romania. A blacksmith working on a horseshoe in Chirpar, Romania. A blacksmith fixing a horseshoe in Gura Raului village, Romania. Three men restoring a wall in Istanbul, Turkey. 16 Responses ione 05/03/2014 wow. ..like this… hmm…picture number one to ten, iam always see that … but picture eleven… iam never see that Reply Ivana 05/03/2014 Thanks, Ione! Reply Audrey Wright 05/03/2014 Now that’s some real tourism. I’ve always found going around town and talking to people the best way to learn about their culture, traditions and mentality. But I’ve never thought of going into workshops and actually having a talk with craftsmen. I reckon they’ve told some awesome stories. Anyway, great photos, keep it up Reply Ivana 05/03/2014 Thank you, Audrey! That’s right, with those people we could have a better conversation (due to the language gap), they revealed many stories Cheers and wish you had a nice talk to a craftsman soon Reply Lizzie 05/03/2014 Absolutely love this series guys It kind of shows you what’s important in particular places – like the Romania shots all show farriers, proving that this is still a much needed role in society. Reply Ivana 05/03/2014 Many thanks, Lizzie. Yes, in all cases we have felt that it would be great if these crafts were more appreciated by the society, and in many of them, better paid! Reply Greg Vaughn 17/03/2014 Excellent photos, and really great that you display them large. I especially like the one of the silver craftsman. Reply Ivana 17/03/2014 Thanks, Greg! Reply Corinne 25/03/2014 Ivana, Taking photos of people working is one of my favorite themes, and you’ve done a fantastic job capturing it. I especially love the blacksmith photo! Reply Ivana 25/03/2014 Hi Corinne, thanks for the kind words, but the photos are all done by Gianni, who takes care about the photography on our blog, so all credits go to him You can check more of his photos here: http://giannib.com/ ps: I really like the cover photo of your blog! where is it? Reply Derek Freal 30/04/2014 Very impressive photos…in fact I have a hard time choosing which one is my favorite. Love how you’ve managed to catch each individual at what is seemingly the best moment. When traveling there is no better way to gain insight and an understanding of the local culture than by observing daily life and, as you so eloquently put, striking up a conversation with the locals while they are working — as long as the situation is appropriate. I wouldn’t recommend trying to interrupt a blacksmith or lumberjack while hard at work Reply Ivana Greslikova 30/04/2014 Thanks a lot, Derek. To observe the locals and start a conversation with them is a very precious and rewarding moment for us. Yeah, right, it’s better to talk to them before or after Reply The Guy 02/05/2014 Wonderful and very professional looking pictures. They come across very well on the screen. I notice that you offer Creative Commons for these? Very generous of you for such high quality pictures. Reply Gianni Bianchini 04/05/2014 Thanks a lot for your comment. I am glad you like my work. Yes, all the pictures here and in giannib.com are licensed with Creative Commons. I feel for me this is the way to go :). Reply Zara @ Backpack ME 04/05/2014 Really nice photos… and what a great idea for a visual essay! Also, mega kudos on the CC!! Reply Ivana Greslikova 04/05/2014 Thank you a lot, Zara Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Sign up to our newsletter!