A Woman’s World

A Photo Project Documenting A Woman Farmer in Rural Thailand

I have spent the last few years documenting life in rural Thailand. One main areas of my focus has been Siri, a mother with nine children, many grandchildren. She is a rice farmer, and matriarch of her family. She is an amazing woman. Every year she leases a field and grows, harvests and processes rice by hand. She is deeply religious and finds time to visit the local Buddhist temple on an almost daily basis. Because of her work in the fields and spirituality she is highly respected in the local community.

In the rural community of Nakhon Nayok, most of the men, and many younger women, leave the farms to find work in the larger cities, where the pay is much more than they could earn farming rice, and they can only visit their families on weekends and holidays as time permits. So Siri’s older working children leave their kids for Siri to tend to while they are earning a living. This means that Siri’s home becomes a hub for family activities on the weekends.
A blog post, could never display a full set of images for this project, so below is a sampling of my work. Other images can be seen on Flickr here:
A Woman’s World

Siri Carries Bundles of Rice to be Hand Processed During The Rice Harvest, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Siri Carries Bundles of Rice to be Hand Processed During The Rice Harvest, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Siri, a Woman Farmer in the fields of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, a Woman Farmer in the fields of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Grinding Banana Tree Trunks to Use as Duck Food in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Grinding Banana Tree Trunks to Use as Duck Food in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Jang, Siri's Daughter, Helping in The Fields of Nakhon Nayok Thailand.
Jang, Siri’s Daughter, Helping in The Fields of Nakhon Nayok Thailand.
Siri, Watching her Granddaughter and Harvesting Rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Watching her Granddaughter and Harvesting Rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Transplanting Rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Transplanting Rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Transplanting Rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Transplanting Rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Removing the Water From Rice She is Transplanting in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Removing the Water From Rice She is Transplanting in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Armed with a plastic jug as a drum and a seed sack tied to a stick as a flag, Siri chases birds out of her rice field in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Armed with a plastic jug as a drum and a seed sack tied to a stick as a flag, Siri chases birds out of her rice field in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Fertilizing Rice Fields, in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Siri, Fertilizing Rice Fields, in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Siri and a friend enjoy conversation while Siri uses a pounder to process green rice in rural Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri and a friend enjoy conversation while Siri uses a pounder to process green rice in rural Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Shortly after sunrise, surrounded by the smoke from firecracker blasts, Siri yells at birds, trying to keep them from eating her rice. Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Shortly after sunrise, surrounded by the smoke from firecracker blasts, Siri yells at birds, trying to keep them from eating her rice. Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Sorting Rice Kernels in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Sorting Rice Kernels in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, a Thai woman farmer is hand processing rice by removing rice grain from the stalk by pounding it on a plank in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, a Thai woman farmer is hand processing rice by removing rice grain from the stalk by pounding it on a plank in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, a woman farmer, uses a bicycle wheel driven by a small electric motor to remove rice grain from the stalk in rural Thailand.
Siri, a woman farmer, uses a bicycle wheel driven by a small electric motor to remove rice grain from the stalk in rural Thailand.
Siri Massages Her Hands while Weeding Rice, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Siri Massages Her Hands while Weeding Rice, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Siri, Processing Green Rice, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, Processing Green Rice, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, a Thai Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Farmer, Harvests Rice in a Driving Rain Storm in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, a Thai Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Farmer, Harvests Rice in a Driving Rain Storm in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
Siri, A Thai Woman, Feeds Her Grandson, After Working in the Rice Fields of Rural Thailand.
Siri, A Thai Woman, Feeds Her Grandson, After Working in the Rice Fields of Rural Thailand.


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