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Old Thailand Images

Heading back to the beginning….

I have just my tickets to Thailand for a trip next month to photograph the 1st Thailand Ultramarathon and I guess you could say it is making me feel a bit nostalgic. After all, Thailand was the jumping off point for me. It was the first country I visited as a “photographer” over ten years ago now. I have to admit looking back on it now, I was so young and naive- as a photographer that is.

Tourist being swamped by street vendors on Koh San Road, Bangkok

Tourist being swamped by street vendors on Koh San Road, Bangkok

I only have a small selection of images digitized from that trip since at that point in time, digital camera’s were not producing images that were considered professional quality so I was traveling with a Canon 10D (which was the top of the line digital SLR camera available at the time), a EOS 1 film camera, a Maymia 7II medium format camera and a selection of lenses and I even had a whopping 4 gb flash tracks portable hard drive with a 2.5 inch screen to back up my images on and of course a whole bag of 35mm and meduim format film- B&W and Colour. Needless to say, most of my best images from that first trip were taken on film and buried in a filing cabinet in my office.

Jim Thompson is one of the celebrated expat's by the Thai people. He helped make the Thai silk trade famous worldwide.

Jim Thompson is one of the celebrated expat’s by the Thai people. He helped make the Thai silk trade famous worldwide.

The biggest mistake I made during this trip, was not doing enough research and planning. Yes, I knew all there was about my camera’s and how to protect my unexposed and exposed film while I was traveling. I even knew how to protect my gear from getting stolen while out shooting on the streets. But I didn’t have a clue about what I was going to do once I got there. I thought, I could just show up and start clicking away and I would end up with a great story to sell to a magazine, boy was I wrong. I had some great adventures and had some great experiences, but since I was not organized with a clear vision of what I wanted to shoot and where I wanted to go, I didn’t have a cohesive story to pitch to a magazine. Sure I got a few shots to put in my portfolio, but it was not the launch pad for my career as an international travel photographer that I expected it to be.

One of the best ways to get around Bangkok is not on Tuk Tuks, but by river taxi's.

One of the best ways to get around Bangkok is not on Tuk Tuks, but by river taxi’s.

So looking back through these images now is a bit of a bitter/sweet experience. It brings back some great memories- wondering down Koh San Road after just landing in Bangkok and being totally free of all responsibilities with this huge great adventure in front of me and a few painful ones as well- a few broken hearts (mine included), being overwhelmed by the sheer foreignness of the city, and now looking back, seeing all the missed/wasted/poorly executed images that I didn’t capture during that trip. It is partly why I am so excited to go back there, because I know that the first time I went there, I didn’t capture what I wanted to capture on that trip especially the samui villa rentals area.

 

Dawn over the river Kwai in Thailand

Dawn over the river Kwai in Thailand

The above image and this next one, are my two favorite images that I have on my computer from that trip and though I have grown and changed as both a photographer and as a person in the last ten years, I can see the person and the photographer I am today in both these images….

The eye is the porthole to the soul, regardless of what animal you are photographing

The eye is the porthole to the soul, regardless of what animal you are photographing

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