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Tag Archives: Local Communities

Nomads and Villagers on the Tibetan Plateau

It was in the middle of a photo expedition in Qinghai in the Tibetan Plateau, in May last year that we discovered we would soon be returning to live in the UK after over 12 years overseas. The contrast of cultures could hardly have been greater! I wanted make the most of the opportunity to […]

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A Second Chance in the Klongtoey Slums

Young Phet is one of the lucky ones. Now 2 years old, he is being raised by his great-grandmother, and growing up with the stability and support of family. His great-grandmother, Yai Phat (below left) lost two of her sons when they were young. One drowned in the river by the temple at the age […]

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Thailand Tattoo Festival

Nothing can fully prepare you for the crazed and frenzied activity of the Thailand Tattoo Festival or Wai Khru (‘honour the teacher’) ceremony at Wat Bang Phra temple. This extraordinary event takes place 50kms west of Bangkok and draws thousands of people each year, most notably those who make a living as policemen, soldiers or members […]

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Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai Kickboxing Saenchai has the presence and charisma of Mohammed Ali. I met him in July 2010 when I photographed the international Muay Thai tournament in Nakhon Pathom Stadium, Thailand. Eight nations were represented: Thailand, Japan, Spain, UK, USA, Iran, France and Germany. The meticulous preparation had elements of the physical, spiritual and ceremonial. […]

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Pattaya street workers find new beginnings

The day Khun Nok (below right) gave birth to her second baby, she had a choice.  She could send him upcountry to the poverty and hardship she faced as a child and return to work on the streets of Pattaya. Or she could stop working on the streets and keep her son – and therefore […]

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