Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eggs on a Stick

Eggs on a stick - Prachinburi, Market, ‪Thailand‬, April 07, 2015.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thai Military Draft Lottery

Waiting ....
A Thai man waits for instructions during the Thai Military Draft Lottery in Nakhon Nayok ‪Thailand‬, April 01, 2015.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Khlong Toei, Another Side of Bangkok

I have always had an affinity for the poor, those that have to make do, those that were in the wrong line when silver spoons were being handed out. One reason is my own background, which I won’t get into here, lets just say I have been around the block more than once. Some of the reasons I’m attracted to the less than well off, is because in poverty I have found beauty in the human spirit, a sense of community and a richness of spirit that money cannot buy.

Khlong Toei is an area in Bangkok known for it’s sub standard housing. It is also home to the largest open air vegetable market in the world. The stats you can find on the internet do not tell you a great deal about the people. The residents here are some of the most friendly you will find anywhere, always willing to share whatever they have with me, rushing to spend a few hard to come by Baht to buy me a soda or ice water. Are you hungry? Is a typical Thai phrase and one of the first things I am asked when visiting friends in Khlong Toei.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Street Begging Elephant

Today it is hot in Prachinburi, Thailand. As the elephant walks the streets, it’s sensitive feet have to be hot, I walked barefoot yesterday for a short time and my feet were burning. The mahout asks for 80 baht for a small sack of food to feed the elephant. I refuse saying I cannot support elephant abuse. I ask the mahout about the elephant. The mahout suddenly cannot speak english any longer. The mahout is carrying small sacks of food to sell for people to feed the elephant. People buying the food to feed the elephant probably do not know that adult elephants eat between 200-600 pounds of food a day, even for a baby elephant the sacks of food are a drop in the bucket. The mahout is just a worker, street elephants are usually owned by rich business people most often in Bangkok. Prachinburi, Thailand, March 11, 2015.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Amulet Sales

Amulets are a big deal in Thailand. They are worn around the neck, and hung from mirrors in vehicles to protect their owners from every sort of calamity. There is also a large interest in collecting used amulets. The depiction, who issued the amulet, where and when can make an amulet valuable.

Here a local man inspects amulets for sale with a loupe at our local market in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. March 08, 2015.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Praying at the Spirit House

A monk to-be prays at a spirit house in prep for his ordination tomorrow in rural Thailand.

Prayers with a Candle

A monk to-be lights a prayer candle before entering the ordination hall where he will become a Thai Buddhist Monk. Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Before Ordination

A monk to-be gazes out his window at the preparations being made for the celebration honoring him this evening.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Balinese Woodcarver

Balinese woodcarver making the magic happen near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Robes

Monks at the temple adjust the robes of a newly ordained Thai monk as he puts on the robes for the first time, in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Trying to Keep Warm

Two of Thailand's rural poor construction workers warm themselves by a fire in the cool pre-dawn hours of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand Jan 25, 2013.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mom and Daughter

Mom and daughter at the Prachinburi market today in rural ‪‎Thailand‬, Jan 23, 2013.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monk Ordination

A local man prays and burns incense before entering the temple for his ordination ceremony in Nakhon Nayok, ‪Thailand Dec 18, 2015.

Becoming a Monk in Rural Thailand

A Thai man tries hard not to laugh at his ordination ceremony in rural Thailand

Monday, January 19, 2015

Morning Bottle of Whisky

Two men sharing a morning bottle of whisky at the local temple in rural Thailand. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Newly Ordained Thai Buddhist Monk

A newly ordained Thai Buddhist monk gets help putting on his robes the first time in Nakhon Nayok, ‪Thailand‬ Jan 18, 2015.