AN ENCOUNTER WITH NEWLYWEDS OF ASIA

As people, we’ve sought great means of exchange and moments of emotion for time immemorial and the topic of marriage appears to us an obvious progression.

According to tradition, religion and individual story, each country has it’s own habits and customs when celebrating the big day and enabling fiancés to say ‘I do’.

In ​order that we may ​investigate the traditions of marriage and its permutations in Asia, we will meet men and women in the process​ ​of​ ​getting​ ​married. We will follow them in their daily lives for one month, and on the eve of their marriage will try to understand their mindset. We will listen to their life stories discretely and create ​an intimate portrait.

 

Together with wedding ​officials​, the bride and groom, ​families and friends​, we will find a way to learn and ​uncover their habits and​ ​their​ ​fate.

We​ ​will​ ​let​ ​them​ ​lead;​ ​not​ ​the​ ​other​ ​way​ ​round.

 

 

 

Bonus: Thanks to everyone. On our return we will create a docu-photo book on the topic — Married in Asia, social conditions and future.”

 

TRAVEL ITINERARY

 

10-month journey crossing 9 countries : China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Nepal, Iran and Lebanon. ​

We will meet 18 couples representing 36 families.

 

Immersion is an authentic and original way to discover the lifestyle and thinking of locals. It is also an opportunity to get acquainted with their local traditions, sense of humour and to develop great friendships.

31/10/17 — Departure from Geneva Airport

November 2017: MOSUO Ethnic, Lugu Lake; Yunnan, CHINA
( Meetings and research aroud individual marriage – Writing the epilogue of the book ).
Complementary cities : Lijiang – Dali – Red Lands – Kunming
December 2017: Hanoi, Vietnam 
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 1)
Additional cities : Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh 
January 2018: Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA 
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 2)
Additional cities : Siem Reap
February 2018: Trat province – Bangkok, THAILAND 
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 3 and 4)
Additional cities : Ko Phayam
March 2018: Jaipur, Rajathan, INDIA 
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 5)
Additional cities : Jaiselmer – Agra
April 2018: Satna, Ultra Pradesh, INDIA 
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 6)
May 2018: Village of altitude of Nepal 
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 7)
June 2018: Mongol Village, KYRGYZSTAN
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 8)
July 2018: Kerman, IRAN
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 9)
Additional cities : Tehran – Isfahan
August 2018 : Beirut, LEBANON 
(Award Ceremony Marriage – Writing of chapter 10)
August : Return to Paris Airport
(approximate dates)
 

ABOUT US

We are Brice and Alexandra, a young married couple.

Brice is a maxillofacial prosthesist within an Institute of Cancer, now on a sabbatical break. As for me, I am a Project Administrator looking for new challenges… elsewhere!

We are both passionate about travelling and human contact.

So far we went our separate ways in joining humanitarian missions in Africa.

This year it is our choice to stop our regular jobs and volunteer for the benefit of this joint project! Visiting Asia together, chatting with local people, relating stories and for the first time taking on the roles of photographer and reporter !

“ The photography is a lightning which in the storm seizes the moment that it has struck lightning ” — Rémy Donnadieu,

 

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