Everyday Life

No Secrets – Photographing the Monks of Thailand

No Secrets – Photographing the Monks of Thailand

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….

Khon Juk and the Coming of Age Ceremony

Khon Juk and the Coming of Age Ceremony

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.