While I will probably never only post 12 images a year on Social Media, I am substantially cutting back to one grouping of new photos posted every monday on Facebook. I plan to do the same on my blog.
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.
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.
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 … More
When I was first told about the candle festival by my wife she thought I might want to see and photograph a large parade made up of 2 story tall candles. I said yes, it was a good idea, but I want to go the day before and photograph the candles being made…
The local small yield farmers in our area have transitioned from Water Buffalo and Hand Tractors to modern tractors to plow the fields, in a relatively short period of time, and yet they still use the traditional method of preparing the fields, which consists of cutting, then burning off the dead weeds, and waiting for the rain to make the hard ground ready for the plow.
I often speak of a triangle consisting of the brain, the heart and the camera. When all points of the triangle are used to make an image they can create a powerful or compelling photo. A photograph that “speaks” to the viewer.
I chose to do this project on 35mm film for several reasons. Even though shooting film has become popular again, that is not my major motivating factor. I want to create a project that will last. I have held in my hands an Ansel Adams negative made in the 1930s …