Night

1

Jewel

30.0 sec at f/20, ISO 100

Bangkok 4/28/17, 7:49:44 PM

Sony Alpha 6500 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Taken during rush hour, shooting up through a wrought-iron fence with two feet of my tripod up against the wall of the soi, and the third in the gutter; no sidewalks! As the motorcycles swirled out from between the cars and along the gutter, I would point down at the tripod leg, and seeing me the driver would carefully inch past. Smiles on both sides.

2

Fabric

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 2/28/17 8:12:00PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Whoever called the security guard thought that because I was crouching in the bushes I was up to no good, but the sight of my camera equipment mollified him, and the woman who came with him, too.

3

Sky Train

6.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/24/17 6:50:47PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

I don’t know where the tire-tracks come from.

4

Blind Spot

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 2/6/17 6:48:13PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

A selfie. I’d like to go back and take this again wearing a shirt that would create a spot of red in the mirror, but the wall has been painted (pale green), so I can never take this picture again.

5

Food Cart

8.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 10/22/17 6:04:12

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

The slow exposure captures the trash can delivery man.

6

The Green Light

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/19/16 8:02:58

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

As I walked closer, amazed, the single green light resolved into two.

7

Working Late

25.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 10/18/17 6:14:37PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

8

Broken Bottles

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen, 5/4/17 6:35:34PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

9

Guard Dogs

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayutthaya, 3/25/18 6:50:36PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

I have visited Wat Khun Mueang Jai so often that the soi dogs are relaxed in my presence.

Dignity

10

Ochre

1/25 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayutthaya 1/15/17 4:35:30PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

When this gentleman has collected his greens, he will walk back the way he came to cook them.

11

White

1/10 sec at f/22, ISO 100

Lamphun 2/21/18 5:25:00PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

12

Brown

1/8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Pattaya 1/14/29 12:21:32PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 250mm F2

13

Green

1.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 4/9/17 5:19:33 PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

14

Pink

1.6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Pattaya 4/22/16 6:19:32 PM

Here, my friend helped me to step back from one-point perspective.

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

15

Yellow

2.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Pattaya 12/5/2016 5:12:19 PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

16

Lavender

0.8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 5/1/17 5:51:38PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Taken in a cul de sac. Presumably — from the markings on the wall — the spirit house was moved closer to the bodhi tree to open up a new parking spot.

17

Rust

6.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 2/15/17 6:14:30PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

18

Red

30 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 2/15/17 6:46:50PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Sky

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19

Bird on a Wire

1/6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 12/22/16 5:30:04PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Rules for spirit house placement are sometimes hard to obey in crowded Bangkok; in this case the size of the lot is the size of the building, and there is no room for a spirit house at ground level, on the land. So the ritual experts put the spirit house on the roof. I had passed down this soi many times, and never lifted up my eyes.

20

Brushwork

1/6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 12/31/16 6:02:24PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

21

Break in the Clouds

1/6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 4/10/17 6:00:15PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

22

Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution

1/8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Chiang Mai 3/14/17 6:23:05PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

This spirit house was perched on spoil from an archaeological dig in the prison yard. I wandered in around 5:00PM through the open front door, and for the whole session I kept an ear cocked for the slamming door that would mean I was trapped overnight (though later I checked Google Map’s Satellite View and found some of the walls surrounding the prison had been demolished, so I was really OK the entire time).

23

Mae Ping

1/20 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Chiang Mai 4/11/17 5:30:57PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

24

Chinatown

8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 1/18/19 6:36:00PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

18

Red

0.8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 2/15/17 6:46:50PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

25

“Shabuindy”

6.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 1/27/18 6:32:45PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

26

Bottle Weight

30.0 sec at f/22, ISO 100

Khon Kaen 11/22/17 5:56:02PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

Taken from the front porch of a shop house that had closed for the day. When I had finished framing the shot, I sat down on the porch with my back gratefully against the wall (my kit is heavy), when suddenly the homeowner appeared with a blue plastic chair for me to sit in.

27

Cell Tower

20.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 4/10/17 6:46:17PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

The sign says: “Rooms for rent.”

Shrines

28

Wax

0.4 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Chiang Mai 3/10/17 5:27:42PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

I followed the scent of honey.

29

Cycle

0.5 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayutthaya 1/15/17 4:20:32PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

A year later, this shrine has vanished.

30

Siamese

1/15 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 5/18/17 5:58:01PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 12mm F2.8

31

Stool

30.0 sec at f/14 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/21/17 7:03:48PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

So much of Thai material culture is here.

32

“Scary!”

30 sec at f/13 ISO 100

Bangkok 5/17/18 2:28:02AM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

I took first version of this photo next to a food cart. When I squatted down to rest, the owner brought me a red plastic chair to sit on. I showed the image on my iPad screen to him, and then to his assistant, who had been to New York and spoke English. “Scary!” “Yes!” I left an offering of sticky rice.

33

Rat

2.5 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 2/14/17 5:56:37PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

34

Cat

5.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 2/14/17 6:07:14PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

35

Laborers

4.0 sec at f/22 1SO 100

Bangkok 5/19/18 5:08:43PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

A shrine near several construction sites that I’ve tracked for several years, whose offerings are constantly changing. Here, I imagine a man and a woman, having come down from the North or Myanmar to find work, offering up these two figures for good luck (along with the energy drink in the little brown bottle).

36

Taxi-Meter

0.4 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 5/21/17 12:06:27PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Taxi drivers’ shrine.

Offerings

37

The Golden Land

1/13 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Pattaya 4/21/16 5:22:40PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Strawberry Fanta for the spirits.

38

Power

1/8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 5/8/17 4:31:50PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

39

Plate

0.5 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 4/8/17 5:46:35PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

The slightest drip, a riot of plants.

40

Rule of Thirds

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayutthaya 1/17/17 6:15:53PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

The charring in this and other images from Ayutthaya occurred during the Burmese sack of 1767.

41

In Memoriam

1/40 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayutthaya 3/26/17 1:36:59PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

Pumpuang Duangjan.

43

End of Shift

1/13 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayutthaya 3/29/18 5:06:00PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

43

“Me”

0.6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 5/12/18 5:49:54PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

44

Tobacco

1/8 sec at f/18 ISO 100

Pattaya 2/26/17 5:27:06PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

In Thailand any space, seemingly, can be made sacred.

42

Pinhead

1/4 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 11/20/18 5:14:27PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

Figures

46

Boy

10.0 sec at f/22, ISO 100

Chiang Mai 3/8/17 6:20:22PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

When I returned to the site on the following day, the blue figure was gone.

47

Umbrella

1.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Chiang Mai 3/10/17 5:15:43PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

The bhodi tree’s shoot shades the broken figure’s face with its leaves.

48

Phra Mae Thorani

1/15 sec at f/18 ISO 100

Pattaya 2/26/17 5:43:59PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Abadoned when a small business failed, but Thais are dauntless in their optimism.

49

Phra Phikanet I

5.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 1/23/18 5:13:26 PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

A ghostly foot.
Why are there stitches in Phra Phikanet’s trunk? No idea.

50

Phra Phikanet II

1.3 sec at f/5.6 ISO 100

Bangkok 2/17/18 7:00:17PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

51

Putto

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Lamphun 4/19/18 7:04:44PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

52

Family

1.3 sec at f/2.7 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/28/16 5:37:59PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

53

Wall

1/3 sec at f/22, ISO 100

Bangkok 5/21/17 12:09:03PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

54

Contemplation

10.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayyuthah 1/13/17 6:15:34PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

People

55

Apron Strings

15.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/7/18 6:44:59PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

56

Christmas

10 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Chiang Mai 12/23/18 8:17:37PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

57

Hoardings

1/8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Chiang Mai 4/25/18 3:35:20

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

Laborers setting up fencing round a construction site.

58

Wai

0.4 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 5/18/18 5:50:36PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

Another blind.

59

Attendant

0.6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 2/10/17 4:36:14PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

60

Seamstress

3.2 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/10/16 5:34:21PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

At right, a customer at the sewing lady’s stall (further right, not shown; now vanished).

61

Father and Son

2.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 2/14/17 5:47:00PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

In back of a warehouse; I started out working at the front, but the workers were careful to guide me to this one, in the back.

62

Diversity

1/8 sec at f/10 ISO 100

Bangkok 11/1/18 6:07:38PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

63

Pain Clinic

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Lamphun 1/15/18 6:51:42PM

Sony Alpha 6500 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

Wind

64

Horse

4.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/28/16 5:35:51PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Maintained by a restaurant next door, now closed; the garlands and the red horse are gone.

65

Camouflage

3.2 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/9/16 6:24:54PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

66

Gift

8.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/11/16 6:33:29PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Taken through the bars of a fence as the dusk wind rattled the dry leaves. A rail-thin gentleman in shorts and flip-flops passed by and dropped a candy bar into my open camera bag.

67

Nang Mai I

13 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 12/17/18 5:51:31PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

68

Muzzle

1/3 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayuttayah 3/26/17 3:43:55PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

69

Roots

8.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/29/18 6:31:47PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

70

Fronds

1.6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangok 4/5/16 6:04:09PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Symmetry that is never quite symmetrical.

71

Straw

1/5 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Pattaya 4/22/16 5:30:40PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Room at the inn?

72

Post Office

6.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 5/17/2017 6:43:38PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Progress

73

Tinted Glass

1/30 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayutthaya 1/15/17 4:46:01 PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

74

Pools

0.4 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 12/15/18 3:25:55PM

Sony QX1 + Rokinon T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED

75

History

0.4 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Ayutthaya 1/13/17 4:29:07PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Firecrackers re-enact the Burmese sack.

76

Yamaha

1/4 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 2/11/17

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Story hook: A boy with a motorbike loses his girl to a man with a car; half the country songs in Thailand.

77

Chicken

0.8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

78

Bank Branch

1/80 sec at f/22 ISO 200

Chiang Mai

Sony Alpha 6500 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

79

Hugz Mall

1.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 1/19/18 6:02:56PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

80

Mannequins

1.6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 1/20/18 6:32:28PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

81

Black Tarp

1 sec at f/20 ISO 100

Bangkoo 2/17/17 9:39:45AM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

Speed

82

The Good Grandmother

1/20 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Pattaya 4/21/16 5:02:14PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Thais do not throw away sacred objects willy-nilly, but abandon them in already sacred spaces. The presence of even one sacred object can make a place sacred, and so you see piles of discarded Spirit Houses, as in the background here. The site has been bulldozed. This photograph may be the only record.

83

Chair

1/30 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Lamphun 2/21/14 5:45:32

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

84

School Uniform

1/6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 11/20/17 5:05:11PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

85

Saen Saep Boat Service

5.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 12/21/16 5:50PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

86

S.R.T.

1/25 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 12/5/17 7:57:19PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

87

“Happy New Year”

6.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 1/7/19 6:47:29AM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

88

Tree II

2.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Lamphun 2/19/2018 6:27:15PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 25mm F2

89

Rope Lights

30.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 12/22/16 6:30:17PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

Taken from a wooden platform bridging a khlong, which I realized was a driveway only when a car pulled into it.

90

“Wong Manufacturing”

13.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 10/15/16 7:57:10PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

A motorcycle station, feeding the tide of pedestrians from a nearby BTS station “upstream,” deeper into the sois.

Thailand Today

91

Gecko

13.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 5/5/17 6:59:17PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Geckos move by fits and starts.

92

Private Property

30 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 4/8/18 6:51:13PM

Taken at rush hour on Sukhumvit Soi 40, across Khlong Toei.

93

Facets

0.6 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 10/17/16 5:10:12PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

94

Drill

1/8 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 11/8/17 3:10:20PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Spirit Houses change day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year.

95

Nang Mai II

20 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 5/3/16 6:43:59PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Taken at a little farm near Thong Lo in Bangkok, land not yet sold for development, and constantly being cared for and improved with new crops, mostly by thin, tough, small Northern women, who one day quietly came to see what I was doing. The Sony QX1 + iPad Pro combo was strong here, since I could show them a good-sized shot.

96

Glamour

1.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Khon Kaen 5/6/17 5:58:30PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

Spotted while by taking a tuk-tuk to my hotel, found it later on Google Maps Street View, and came back, just as the wind rose before the rain.

97

“Best”

10.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Bangkok 12/31/17 6:21:42PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

My sophisticated, cosmopolitan Thai friend shivered.

98

Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center

15.0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Chiang Mai 2/28/18 7:32:18PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 85mm F1.8

99

Axe

1/0 sec at f/22 ISO 100

Chiang Mai 3/10/17 5:48:20PM

Sony QX1 + Zeiss 50mm F2.8

The shape of Thailand.

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