In the rural community of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, most of the farming is left in the hands of middle age to elderly women as most of the men, and many younger women, must find work in the larger cities…
My journey with black and white photography began around 1979-80. I was experimenting with all sorts of film back in those days, trying out new looks. In the analog film era, film, exposure, filters and processing were about the only way to achieve different look or style.
The easiest way to photograph monks in Thailand is to catch them on their morning walk for alms. This morning walk for alms is tradition in Thailand. It is a Buddhist requirement, that the monks walk for alms each morning. There are exceptions however. Here in rural Thailand there is what are called “monk days” when the people bring food to the temple and the monks do not go on their morning walk….
Travel to Prasat Muang Tam, a Khmer temple in Prakhon Chai district, Buri Ram Province, Thailand… Even though all the pieces are not a perfect match, I would still highly recommend a visit to this temple and the others in the area, you can get a reasonably good idea of what the original looked like, and the individual stones, give good insight into the culture of the late 10th and early 11th centuries.
Recently I traveled to Prasat Sdok Kok Thom, อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์สด๊กก๊อกธม or Prasat Sdok Kak Thom, an 11th-century Khmer temple in Thailand, located about 34 kilometers northeast of the Thai border town of Aranyaprathet, Thailand, near the Cambodian border.
Nearly every morning I go for a walk around my neighborhood in rural Thailand. My constant companions are my Leica’s. Some days I’ll carry just one, but on most days I carry my M6 film camera and my M240 digital for color work.
Today was an interesting day here in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. A young man who lives down the road had a traditional “Khon Juk” or the “Top Knot Cutting” Ceremony. Not many Thai young men or women have a top knot today, it is part of traditional culture that is slipping away, and Kim was the only young man I have seen here that had a top knot. His parents asked if I would come and photograph the part of the ceremony that was held at my wife’s sisters home. I was happy to oblige.
This may be the most confusing backdrop in all the world. If you wandered in here not knowing any better, you’d think you were in a resort. A few years ago, you would have been right. This is the Al Faw palace, once one of Saddam Hussein’s 99 palaces.
I had a pretty busy day yesterday. In the morning I was out documenting the 2018 planting season, and in the evening I was at the local Buddhist temple photographing the most important Thai Buddhist holy day of the year.…
By request, this is a follow up post to the previous post on processing black and white. A Twitter user liked my post on B&W and requested I do one for my color workflow. Color is more difficult for me to talk about. For one thing the way I process color has changed substantially over the years….