Không Trở Lại

Không Trở Lại [no return] is a visual diary of nearly three years and thousands of kilometers spent on two wheels; an examination of authenticity and transformation on the road. Không Trở Lại reveals pieces of a world that enveloped and irrevocably changed the Photographer: walking the fine line between life and death, shamanic blood-drinking rituals, funerals deep in isolated mountain villages, tables drenched in rice wine, joy, sorrow, pain, and rebirth in everyday life.

Không Trở Lại, the first volume of Brinkert’s project Visions of Shangri-La, documents the Photographer’s transformative journey out of Plato’s cave. Following Heraclitus’ musing that “No man ever steps in the same river twice. For it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Không Trở Lại is a story of the river and a man who allows it to sweep him away; a pilgrimage of metamorphosis captured on 35mm and 120mm film.

Work in progress

Không Trở Lại is currently a work in progress that is on track to be completed mid to late 2022. The photographs featured on this site are not final, but they do provide a glimpse of some of the imagery that will be featured in the book.

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All images ©Dakota Brinkert, all rights reserved.