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sarnelli house orphanage

A short video of my visit to Nong Khai, Thailand and Sarnelli House Orphanage. Thanks to sales and donations commemorating bjj-asia.com’s 5-year anniversary, we were able to raise $3000 USD.


quiet up north

Editing the video of my visit to Nong Khai is taking much longer than I had initially planned. Granted, the video will be under 4 minutes long but it’s just a matter of making time. I took very few film shots during my stay but here are a few that I like. It’s quite scenic there and I hope to return with greater focus on taking stills.

*At the time of taking these photos, there truly was no one around but trust me when I say there’s typically a lot going on. It’s not a quite place with near 150 kids around. These photos were taken the weekend prior to Christmas, December 19-21, 2012.


Leica M4
Elmarit 28/2.8
TriX 400

sarnelli house

Last weekend I made a trip to Nong Khai from Bangkok via train to visit Sarnelli House Orphanage. They specialize in caring for orphans with HIV/AIDS in the northern region of Thailand near the border of Loas. Having just completed a small charity project to raise funds this past Fall, I was very pleased to deliver just over $3000 USD. I brought with me too much photo gear and in the end used mostly the DSLR to capture video which will be edited over the holidays. I did manage to shoot some film but along with my last trip to Hong Kong, I may wait to develop these till next month. When things have calmed down a bit.

Sarnelli House in their immediate facilities cares for 150 children from infants to teenagers. 80 of these children have HIV/AIDS from birth. While the count of HIV/AIDS cases in newborns is decreasing, cases amongst teenagers and young adults are rising. In addition to the care of these children, the orphanage outreach program also gives basic health care to surrounding villages.

A truly inspiring and life-changing experience. I have hopes for promoting an art-program for the kids in the coming year.


A little random but will explain a bit these few images below.

dinner on the train
This was a first for me, riding the overnight train in Thailand and my first meal, Phad Phra Khao Moo. If your belly is not made of steel, I suggest you bring your own meals but do a kindness and buy beers from the train attendants, they work off commission.

rural tuk tuk
This was the first sight just outside the Nong Khai train station. I wish the tuk tuks in Bangkok were like this but out in the country, these make a lot more sense.

The kids were healthy and happy. Running around on what seemed like limitless energy.

little boy messing with my camera
This image may looks a little sinister but it’s one of the boys who really took a liking to my cameras. I pretty much had to let him fire-off a few shots, most of which looked like this. It was this or let him mess around with my M4. Kids are awesome but I know what they can do to nice things.

shot w/ Canon 5D Mark ii + 50mm 1.2f L

bp-mini-trip35 auction

charity auction 'black paint' miniature Trip35

instagram ‘early bird’

I’d like to thank Bellamy and Japan Camera Hunter for this opportunity to raise money to help those in the Tohoku area of Japan. A thank you to all those that placed a bid and donated to the cause on their own. This one-of-a-kind prototype is off to Japan to the generous donor/winner.

Thank you

charity camera auction @ japan camera hunter

To take part in this auction, please click here: JAPAN CAMERA HUNTER, CHARITY AUCTION

I will not produce another black-paint version of this camera, making this the only one of its kind.

My grandfather who passed away some twenty years ago was from Japan and it is his Trip35 which started my passion for photography. So this camera is a tribute to him and this auction is my way of honoring his memory by helping those in great need. I am very grateful for the help from Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter for coordinating this with me. Living and working in Japan, he sees first hand the ongoing struggle to rise from this tragedy.

Please help spread the word about this auction and take part in bringing hope to those that need it most.

Thank you,
Luke Satoru

prototype: black-paint mini trip35

The Olympus Trip35 has a special place in my heart since it was the first camera I was allowed to shoot with on my own. Inherited from my grandfather who passed away twenty years ago. Unfortunately the camera was lost somewhere in the family home and when I returned to shooting with film, quickly sought one out for myself.

***This miniature’s parts move like the original, including; shutter-button, film advance, film rewind, lens, open back. Cast in brass with palladium/silver plating, hand-lacquered, heat-treated resin, 100% hand-crafted

This miniature of the Trip35 is a tribute to my grandfather and the beginnings of my passion for photography.

I have made one prototype black-paint version of this miniature camera that will not go into production. This is the only one. I will auction this for charity to aid tsunami/earthquake relief in Japan with the help of my friend Bellamy Hunt @ Japan Camera Hunter.