We made a road trip for a few days to Kalasin Province to visit relatives. While there we visited Wat … More
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.
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?
Let me say at the very beginning of this post the the choices I make are very personal, and have … More
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.
Thai New Year, Songkran. This was an unusual year to say the least. With a global pandemic raging, and Thailand … More
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.
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 enjoy making photos of women working in the rice fields of Thailand. That is obvious when one looks at … More
There is something rather unique about the files from the Monochrom. They look much different than …
(Warning Some Nudity) The Buffalo races in Chon Buri had been on my bucket list for quite some time. The idea of young men racing Water Buffalo sounded like it would make some interesting images. I was not disappointed…
In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a key element of Black and White photography, contrast, and how to find it. One of the easiest ways to find dramatic shots is to look for shadows. Look for the dark areas in the photo that can direct attention to the highlights. A person’s eye will …
Each year for the past 9 years I have photographed a woman in the fields of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand planting rice. Sometimes with help from neighbors, bu most times by herself.
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.
One of the casualties of COVID-19 here in rural Thailand was the Buddhist monks unable to walk for morning alms.