Well … it’s the weekend here in rural Thailand, and that means – yes, another man is becoming a monk. The work I did the last two days, although fun, I call community service. I’m a firm believer in giving back to the community, and when we received a phone call Friday night from a mom asking that I please take photos of her son becoming a monk I said I’d be happy to.
Far away from the streets of Bangkok and what is billed as the world’s largest water fight, rural Thais celebrate a traditional Songkran, with gentle water blessings, prayers and paying respect to elders.
…This year was much more informal. I was working on something else when my wife came in told me the children monks were at a local temple nearby. I grabbed my camera and headed out the door.
Almost all Buddhist men in Thailand become a monk at some point in their lives. Although there are thousands of full time Buddhist monks in Thailand, most men remain a monk for a short time. Becoming a monk is part…
Once a year Thailand holds a Thai Military Draft Lottery in each of the provinces. If you’re above the age of 21 and male by gender, registering for military service in Thailand becomes unavoidable.
Ganesha Park in Nakhon Nayok has two of the largest Ganesha statues in Thailand. The first figure shows Ganesha in a sitting position. He is holding his broken tusk in one hand. In his other hands he has a mahout’s hook, a rope noose and a rosary.
If you walk the streets of Bangkok, anytime of day or night you will find an endless supply of subjects to photograph. It is a huge city, yet has some of the friendliest people you will find anywhere. There are bars and coffee shops with open air seating everywhere, ideal for siting and people watching or shooting ….
When I first moved to Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, a friend said it should be called Nakhon Nowhere. I found that appropriate as when I moved to Thailand I did not want to live in Bangkok. For me, Bangkok is a great place…
The large Temple, a monastery, houses the sacred Buddha image called Phra Phutthasothon or Luang Pho Sothon that is one of the most worshiped Buddha images in Thailand and also is most revered by local people.
On the grounds of Wat Pa Lak Roi in Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, there is a combination of the bizarre and beautiful. Many scenes are of what can happen to those who do not lead a good Buddhist life. Other scenes depict life, history and spirituality in Thailand.