“How fragile we are under the sheltering sky. Behind the sheltering sky is a vast dark universe, and we’re just so small.”

Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

 Welcome to JeffShoots.com. I’m Jeff Falls and this website focuses on my documentary, street and fine-art photography.

JeffShoots.com was started in 1999 and this particular URL has been live since summer of 2001, when I had just gotten back from Laos where I took the picture above in a Blue Hmong village near the Laos-China border.

If you like what you see here, you might also like my other sites which include Glamworks.com for commercial photography and ArsMinerva.com, my digital agency site.

Khmu Polaroids
Khmu Village kids, first time seeing their photo, 2001.

I took a trip to Northern Laos in April 2001.  At that time, there were no roads and the only way to travel was on a boat. This part of Laos had no electricity and the people were living pretty much like they did 1000 years ago except that they had modern rifles (Russian provided AKs). 

After an incredibly arduous journey by boat and jeep, we had to hike 16 miles through the mountains to get to this Khmu village.  I was shooting film at that time and I had a 40 pound backpack full of gear I was schlepping through the jungle. In addition to my 35mm gear, I also brought a Polaroid with mne and 10 packs of film. I thought this might break the ice with the villagers which it absolutely did. The entire village lined up to have their picture taken.

These adorable children above are seeing their own image for the first time.

The Great Wall at Simatai, one of the most spectacular places on earth. China, 1998
The largest sand dunes in the world,outside of Saudi Arabia.Sossusvlei, Namibia, 2000
Elephants crossing the road, Kruger Park, South Africa, 2000.
Antigua, Guatemala 1998
Beira, Mozambique 2000
The wild Namtha River, Northern Laos, April 2001.