Welcome to 2013
Return from Thailand
Its been a few weeks since I have been at
the computer. Holiday, work, and travel
merged into one. But I am back and I
wanted to let you know what I have been
up to at home and abroad.
Better late than never right? 2013 is here. It has taken me a month to get back to the computer. The start of the year has been busy with work, travel, and workshop set up for the coming year. All of which are looking great (and almost full.) On Saturday I returned from two weeks in Thailand and my first workshop in Bangkok. What an incredible experience. Thailand is one of those destinations that everyone seems to love. From frat boys to gentleman, there is a universal dr The great food, the warm atmosphere or the lure of working girls and lady boys, depending on your preference. While I was not there for places like P**** Palace (talk about marketing?!), I did get a guided tour of the city through some of my friends and the workshop participants. We explored their local spots, both big and small. For a photographer, Bangkok offers an interesting array of subjects and settings. The streets range from five lane highways to almost medieval alleys ways. This week I will share some of our images from the workshop and my impressions of the city.
After a week in Bangkok, my girlfriend and I took the train north to Chiangmai and the former head of the Borneo Trading Company. While a sensible person might opt for the one hour flight, Stacy had never taken an overnight train. I have fond memories of overnight trains from my days in university. After my study abroad ended I spent a month on trains around europe. One particular morning from Barcelona to Cannes solidified my love of train travel. As the sun cracked the horizon the Cote D’Azur came a live with color. It was a sensuous pleasure for my hungover eyes. The little cove beaches along the coast flutter by revealing a turquoise blue that vanished in the horizon.
The overnight trains were an eye opening experience for me. The trip took a whopping 17 hours with stops and delays. This was definitely not the Shinkansen, but it gave us a brilliant view of the countryside. There is nothing better that watching the sunrise over a new landscape. The train, even in first class was a little grimy, but it was all worth it when we arrived at the hotel.
137 Pillars House
I have a fascination with the left over pieces of colonial architecture around the globe. And 137 Pillars House (our hotel) was a perfect fit. The main building, named for its 137 supporting pillars was the seat of the Borneo Trading Company. They were an English lumber outfit that exported teak until the country was nationalized and the English were kicked out. Left behind was 137 Pillars House which was restored to its former glory with a few added features. The smoking lounge and canopied beds were the perfect detox after a non stop week in Bangkok. I spent the days after the workshop wandering around the city with a new friend of ours (thanks Tita!) and taking it easy.
Now I am back in NYC making preparations for an exhibition of the Master Craftsmen series at the Impossible Project in March. In spite of Thailand being 12 hours time difference from NYC, I made it through yesterday without a nap. Hopefully I can stay alert for another afternoon.
But enough about me, what is going on with you? Many of you, I will be meeting for the first time at the upcoming workshops. I would like to know, what are your photography goals and aspirations for this year? Where are you looking to travel and where have you just been that we should check out. Leave your comments below.
Wishing you all the best.