• 24 Feb0

    Fleeing Thailand

    Leah and I are leaving Thailand early to dodge possible gridlock if the political situation turns ugly after the Supreme Court rules on the seizure of the former PMs assets Feb 26. Last time things turned bad the airports were closed for days.

     
  • 17 Feb0

    Back in Bangkok

    We returned to the City of Angels early this morning. After settling in, we did a short, hard workout with the TRX, a lightweight set of adjustable straps you can affix to a door and torture yourself as well as with a full gym. Near dusk we took the Skytrain to Sukhumvit Soi 36 to […]

     
  • 16 Feb0
    Ladyboy Redux

    Ladyboy Redux

    Leah and I returned to Christy’s Cabaret to photograph preparations for the show, including drumming up business on the street near the club. We were both amazed at how gracious and accomodating the performers were, letting us shoot them in cramped quarters as they hurried to get ready.

     
  • 15 Feb0
    Thaipusam

    Thaipusam

    One of the primary reasons for coming to SE Asia at this time was too shoot Thaipusam for my book on Belief, which I intend to shoot primarily with medium format. It is an annual Hindu festival where many of the celebrants carry large wire floats over their heads supported by metal hooks piercing the […]

     
  • 13 Feb0
    Ladyboy Cabaret, Koh Samui

    Ladyboy Cabaret, Koh Samui

    After spending a couple days laid low by heat and humidity, Leah and I were delighted to wallow in the air con comfort of the Best Western Amarinth hotel near the airport en route to Koh Samui. We had time for evening and morning workouts and to venture off the grounds for some street food, […]

     
  • 10 Feb0
    Koh Kood, the next Samui

    Koh Kood, the next Samui

    We got up at 5:15 for the taxi to the pier where we would board the speedboat for Koh Kood, an island at the SE extremity of Thailand, a few miles from Cambodia. There was no agreement regarding how long the drive would take, two to four hours. As it turned out, we drove for […]

     
  • 7 Feb0

    Wat Po, Bangkok

    Wat Po, a temple south of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, is home to a giant reclining Buddha, a 46 meter long golden figure and one of the mandatory stops on the tourist merry-go-roiund. We arrived late so the experience resembled a rugby scrum more than a meditative opportunity. I waited for my turn to occupy space […]

     
  • 7 Feb0

    Pattaya, Thailand

    As Leah and I strolled down Pattaya’s Walking Street, we saw ample evidence that this is the sex tourism capitol of the world. Girls danced on bars, beckoned from doorways, and grabbed my arm to spirit me into one of the many go gos. Russian blondes gyrated in windows, and we could glimpse naked women […]

     
  • 7 Feb0
    Wat Arun

    Wat Arun

    After years of coveting a shot of Wat Arun from across the Chao Phraya River, I finally got the shot. Leah and I showed up early and as I set up, she worked on her blog, The Adventures of Leah Courage. As the sky darkened, lights surrounding the temple bathed it in a golden light, […]

     
  • 2 Feb0
    Asia: Singapore Pt 1

    Asia: Singapore Pt 1

    Leah Courage and I arrived in Singapore shortly after midnight on January 28. We had allocated four days to shoot for my books on Belief and Equator. Since the Port of Singapore is the busiest in the world, I hoped I could capture a signature image. I was graciously given access to the facility and […]