Can Documentary Photography be Fine Art?

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.

Documenting Change

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.

Five Monks of Pakpli

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.

Preparing For The Plow

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.