• 21 Apr0
    Tattooed Faces in NE India

    Tattooed Faces in NE India

    The states of NE India bear little resemblance to the rest of the country. In the hills above the Brahmaputra River valley, the tribes live semi- autonomously, and from time to time hostilities break out between tribesmen and the government. The elders wear tattoos that had more meaning decades ago when headhunting and the kidnapping […]

     
  • 11 Mar0
    Goodbye Pattaya

    Goodbye Pattaya

    I’m happy to leave Pattaya, the civic equivalent of a frat house bachelor party.  It earned its reputation as the sex capitol of the world, but I was more impressed by the devotion to beer. Acres, square miles are devoted to hundreds of open-air beer bars staffed by thousands of young and not so young […]

     
  • 10 Mar0
    Along the Tracks in Khlong Toei, Bangkok

    Along the Tracks in Khlong Toei, Bangkok

                  The Khlong Toey neighborhood of Bangkok is home to some of the city’s poorest residents. We walked through the market and along the tracks where we were received graciously. Children played on the tracks, laughed or fled when they saw us, and were watched over by parents busy […]

     
  • 9 Mar0
    The Playhouse Cabaret in Bangkok

    The Playhouse Cabaret in Bangkok

                  Although I had shot a ladyboy cabaret show on Koh Samui years ago, when Madhvee told me she had secured permission to photograph at the Playhouse in the Asia Hotel in Bangkok. I jumped at the chance.  The performers on Samui gave it their all, but the production […]

     
  • 6 Mar0
    Around Nana

    Around Nana

                  Last night Madhvee Deb and I walked from the Nana BTS station to Nana Plaza. Several ladyboys graciously consented to have their pictures taken. As usual, the sidewalks were jammed with stands selling all manner of clothing, knicknacks, and appalling artwork to a parade of tourists. At Nana […]

     
  • 2 Mar0
    Bangkok Governor’s Race Disrupts Flow of Goods and Services

    Bangkok Governor’s Race Disrupts Flow of Goods and Services

    Tomorrow is election day in Bangkok for the Governor of this megacity. Accusations of election fraud are being traded and innocents are being tossed off the election rolls.  So unlike the USA. However, there is a dark cloud over the democracy, one that prompts many to dream of a benevolent dictatorship so that no such […]

     
  • 2 Mar0
    Ayutthaya

    Ayutthaya

    I haven’t been to the ancient Thai capitol Ayuttaya (accent on the “yu”) since the 90s, and I hadn’t shot the famous Buddha head embraced by tree roots.The city was destroyed in the 18th century by Burmese invaders- that’s why Bangkok is the capitol today- and not restored until the 20th when the head was […]

     
  • 28 Feb0
    Bangkok Again

    Bangkok Again

    It’s a pleasure to be back in Bangkok. I can disregard the noise and heat, resign myself to dodging motorcycle taxis on the sidewalks, ignore the numberless touts and deal with the sclerotic traffic. That fades into the background. Bangkok is stoic and epicurean.  Graft and floods are counterbalanced by a constant parade of beautiful […]

     
  • 26 Feb0
    Magha Puja Day in Thailand

    Magha Puja Day in Thailand

                  I had the opportunity to photograph the Magda Puja ceremonies at the Dhammakaya Foundation Temple north of Bangkok. Magha Puja celebrates the day Buddha first taught what became Buddhism to 1200 monks and is considered the second holiest day of the Buddhist calendar. Hundreds of thousands of worshipers […]

     
  • 18 Feb0

    Outdoor Photographer Article on Kumbh Mela in India

    The March issue of Outdoor Photographer contains my article on Kumbh Mela, the largest religious festival in the world held along the Ganges every three years. The shooting can be taxing but the rewards are great. I intend to put together a trip for a small group for the next Kumbh, which will be held […]