Erewan Shrine, Bangkok
A photograph of the the dancers at the Erewan Shrine is a given for anyone visiting Bangkok and on this day every performance was photographed and videoed by crowds of locals and tourists. I took a few shots as well but my favourite was this one, taken of the women during a rare break in their performance. I liked the contrast of the fabulous costumes and the graceful dancing on the one hand, and on the other the ‘everydayness’ of their activities and posture in this moment. Visitors to the shrine pay for the women to dance and sing prayers to accompany the worshippers’ own prayers and offerings, and on a busy day the women get little chance to take a break.
Musician Paul Barton plays classical pieces on the piano for rescue elephants in Thailand. Wonderful.
Central Railway Station, Bangkok
I spent a couple of hours wandering around Bangkok Railways Station taking photographs. No-one followed me around, no-one told me not to take photographs. It’s sad to think that there are fewer and fewer places like this in the world where photographers are, if not welcomed, at least accepted. Most of the platforms at the station are under a translucent canopy which does a wonderful job of softening the harsh light. I focused on the floor and waited for the cleaner to walk into the frame. It’s not perfect but I was quite pleased with the result.