A New Direction on the Farm… What we are experiencing is no rain. Well, very little rain to be accurate, and it is the rainy season here in Thailand. Growing rice requires a lot of water. The rice paddies need to be filled with water. The needed water can come from irrigation or from rain, or both, but water is necessary. In our area we don’t have access to irrigation, so that means the rice farmers rely on rain.
In the world we live in today the lines are often blurred between genres of photography, and oftentimes overlap… it is still important to identify what you do so you can be found. With the explosion of photography in the last 10 years, it is easy to get lost in the crowd.
John Sexton, Ansel Adams technical assistant, explained some of Ansel’s feelings on Black and White one day in class. He said, Ansel believed all photography was a step away from reality, by choosing to capture a scene in a square or rectangular box, it is not reality, it is the artists vision, making an image Black and White takes the image one step further away from reality and in some cases, one step closer to the artists vision.
In 1835, William Henry Fox Talbot was hard at work trying to figure out how to preserve the images he was seeing using a draftsman’s aid, called camera lucida. This aid was used to project a refracted image on paper so an artist could trace and make drawings of the projected image.
The world is slowly beginning to open back up as the pandemic starts to subside. As I write this some countries are still under lockdown, and some are suffering horrifically, but it is a fact, that given time, all countries will eventually return to some degree of normalcy. What does this mean for us photographers?
Warrior Portraits was a project in Iraq that ended up getting some nice international recognition. Selects from this project ended up on display in The Imperial War Museum in London, England.
The project started out as a personal one, which was born out of frustration.
Let me say at the very beginning of this post the the choices I make are very personal, and have…
I got a phone call from my wife late in the afternoon. She was at the local temple and said “come and bring your camera” which I did and documented this yearly tradition with my Leica.
A few images honoring Earth Day. Earth Day is a time to celebrate mother Earth. I have been fortunate to…
Thai New Year, Songkran. This was an unusual year to say the least. With a global pandemic raging, and Thailand…
This post is a collection of a few select images made in rural Thailand while living one year with COVID-19 in our lives. It is not a timeline of the pandemic….
I started out 10 years ago with documenting change in rural Thailand as one of my main goals. In the last ten years, I have produced over 90 thousand RAW images of life in rural Thailand. Documenting these changes became a goal in the first year after I moved to rural Thailand. As an outsider, it was easy for me to see the changes that were coming. Plowing the land with a water buffalo or hand tractor had to change, old ways could not continue for long.
Much has changed in the nine years I have been documenting rice farming. Hand tractors have given way to modern machinery. Four days to plow the fields with a hand tractor has become just a few hours with modern machinery. Two weeks of hand harvesting is now a half day with a large machine harvester.
I have witnessed many Thai ordinations in the ten years I have lived in rural Thailand. Each time I notice a significant change in a man’s personality after the head shaving ceremony, and putting on the white robes of a novitiate Monk. I can understand and appreciate the reason the act of becoming a monk is so esteemed in Thai society. It is a profound, sometimes life-changing event for many Thai men.
Now be honest, we’re among friends … When was the last time you had a burning desire to smoke tobacco mixed with a couple of hot Thai chili peppers? The answer for me was – the thought never even crossed my mind, and I grew up in the 60’s! So if I had never heard of it, my initial thought was, wow, that’s out there!
Small production Green Rice is usually hand planted and then hand harvested as the young rice plants mature at different rates, a few days or weeks apart. Workers walk through the fields and select plants that are mature enough for processing.
Fire ants are large red ants that are quite aggressive with a painful bite that causes swelling that can last for days. The cannibals of Papua New Guinea or Fiji might have agreed with me when I say the best revenge is to eat them. Or at least their eggs.
Today, in rural Thailand, Grandma Siri and family got a new set of Spirit Houses to replace the ancient ones that finally gave up the ghost(s) a while back. This morning was the blessing of the new spirit houses.
I think a person could probably survive for several months during the fruit harvest season on what is produced from the trees in my front yard …
I enjoy making photos of women working in the rice fields of Thailand. That is obvious when one looks at…
We have all heard the statement, man, that is a powerful image. What makes it powerful? The story it tells, yes, but how does the image tell that story? By that I mean how was the image captured to tell a powerful story?