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Bangkok – Erewan Shrine

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.

On Harrison Street Part 1

Harrison Street is named for former Governor General of the Philippines and advisor to four of the country’s presidents following Independence Francis Burton Harrison. Harrison Street was home for a year when I lived in the Philippines and I walked it many times. It was once known as Calle Real – Royal Street – during the Spanish period but these days it is a typically slow moving, busy and congested Manila street. I say Manila but the street starts at the edge of Manila City and the greater part runs through Pasay before briefly entering Paranaque where it becomes Quirino Avenue.

This is a random selection of pictures taken at various times and locations along the street. A couple of them were taken from the pedestrian walkway over EDSA but since the walkway connects Harrison Street on either side of EDSA I include them in the Harrison Street collection.

My one regret is that I did not take more pictures. In fact this is my one regret about Manila in general. There were many days when I could have gone out shooting but didn’t because the thought of spending hours in the humid 35C environment put me off. Yet I know that many of these streets with their distinctive local stores and local people will disappear over time to be replaced by the same generic nondescript blocks found all over the world.