The traditions of Songkran go back farther than anyone can remember. All of the traditions had deep meanings in an ancient time, but today modern participants are hard pressed to remember the ancient meanings. Time moves on and cultures evolve, giving new meanings to ancient traditions, creating an ever changing but meaningful way to celebrate […]
A while back I wrote a book “The Making of a Monk” which I wrote in iBooks format. I’m in the process of updating that book, and making it a print book I will market on Amazon. There is no shortage of subject matter for an updated book. In Thailand almost all men become Buddhist monks […]
I had the opportunity the last two days to spend some time with the children of rural Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, as they became novice Thai Buddhist monks. I love children so it was a great deal of fun for me to spend time with the boys. We laughed as we tried to learn each other’s […]
This mixture of cultural beliefs, and religion is not unique to Thailand; many cultures have ancient customs that have become part of their religion, the thing that makes Thailand fascinating is how many of the old Shamanistic rituals and Animistic beliefs are woven into Buddhism here in rural Thailand….
A great majority of my work is portraiture. However I distain the confines of a studio, I would rather walk the streets – the pathways and corridors of life, and be continually surprised by great gifts, found moments, and amazing people….
I have been fascinated with religions for most of my life. In college the study of world religions was one of my favorite subjects, in part because of a wonderful teacher, an older woman who had a triple doctorate, one of which was in the history and philosophy of religion. Dr. Ogden would challenge us […]
One of the great joys of being a father is being there for your daughter when she needs you to be. Last weekend the province of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand held a sports festival for all the schools in the province. In Thailand the state school system in my area, has classes for kids four […]
Today I did something I had not done in several years, I went to a wedding with a camera in hand. I think the last wedding I shot was back in 2007. The long absence was not because I don’t like shooting weddings, I just moved on. I actually had an e-mail from someone who […]