Storytelling through Photos Series

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Storytelling through Photos Series

Course Dates:

July 21, August 4, 11, 18, 2022


10:00 AM – noon

Storytelling through Photos Series

Location: Payap Life Long Learning Center, Payap University, Keaw Nawart Campus.


July 21 – Frans Betgem: Chiang Mai Memories

The Story behind Chiang Mai Memories: Pictures and Stories from North Thailand.

All cities, including Chiang Mai, have changed over the years. You may have seen old and new photos taken in the same location years apart.  What do we learn from these photos? Why are they important?

Frans Betgem, the founder of the Facebook Group, “Chiang Mai Memories”, will talk about his passion for Chiang Mai history through images.


August 4  – Victoria Vorreiter:

Traditional Ethnic Culture Revealed through Images, Stories, Songs, and Threads 

This exploration of indigenous culture of the Golden Triangle will take form as a multi-media presentation, revealing the life stories of people through dynamic images, ancestral music, and traditional textiles.  Be prepared for inspiring visual and auditory experiences that will give you deeper insight into who the indigenous people are and how they have lived their lives for thousands of years.  Welcome. . .


August 11 – Ryan Libre: Stories of the Kachin 

Topics :  The story of the independent KIO Micro-nation, especially since 2010 with an historical overview

Emphasis will be given to the strong civil society, in addition to the civil war

The Kachin region of north Myanmar, nestled between India and China in the Himalayan foothills, has endured the harsh realities of war for generations. Indeed, while Kachin maintained a ceasefire throughout the 90’s and into the new millennium, the fighting reignited in 2011, when the burmese army broke the hard obtained ceasefire.

But the constant attack on Kachin State did not deter the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) from continuing its nation building. Indeed, under KIO ruling, Kachin is becoming a fully autonomous nation that provides free healthcare, education, transportation and other public services to its people.
Kachin state illustrates itself as both a resilient and innovative micro nation.

Bio :  Ryan Libre has been living & working in the Kachin micro nation since 2008.  His works there has gotten several grants and awards from Nikon, the Pulitzer Center, the Eugene Smith Fund & more.  He is dedicated to helping create a thriving independent media ecosystem in this war torn micro-nation.


August 18 – Barbara Wiebel: Travel Photography – More than Just Pretty Pictures

After years of working 70-80 hours per week at corporate jobs that paid the bills but brought no joy, a serious illness made Barbara Weibel realize she felt like the proverbial “hole in the donut” – solid on the outside but empty on the inside. In 2007, at the age of 54, Weibel walked away from her successful career, sold or gave away most of her material possessions, and began traveling around the world in pursuit of her true passions: photography and writing. Her insatiable curiosity about cultures around the world has driven her to visit all seven continents, 100 countries, and 10 non-sovereign territories. In December of 2016, Weibel settled in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from where she continues to explore the world. She documents her adventures through storytelling and photography on her blog, Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel ( During this 1.5 hour session, Weibel will share some of her favorite photos and stories, as well as answer any questions about what it’s like to travel around the world solo.


Cost: 250 Baht Per session


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July 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+7
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Chiang Mai
Chaing Mai Thailand


Life Long Learning Program