I have written before about the photographic opportunities that there are in
Thailand with beaches, temples, nightlife and beautiful ladies in abundance.
Blue skies, blue waters and amazing islands can be found in any tourist
magazine, but do these shots represent the ‘real’ Thailand? The Thailand
that you and I live in.
Like most ex-pats, my first real home was in the usual gated community. 30
houses, each with an ex-pat husband and a Thai wife and lots of Eurasian
children. Many photo opportunities, but do mixed marriages, three bedroom
houses and mixed parentage children (albeit photogenic) represent the ‘real’
Thailand? Simple answer, No!
What I wanted to find were opportunities to photograph the ‘real’ Thailand
where most of us live. The answer came after our moving from the gated
community to living in a shophouse, one of several in a row.
It was after being there for a few months I began to realize that I was now
living in the real Thailand, where Thai people predominate going about their
separate lives, yet welded together by living side by side in the soi. This
is a soi where the odd farang is probably very odd indeed. In this busy soi
was the basis for a series of photographs which would show life in Thailand.
The concept of a small project that would be reproducible for you to take in
your soi became the reason for this week’s column.
Take your images and mount them side by side and you will have captured the
real flavor of Thailand. It is an easy project. Try it this weekend.