An old and dear friend of mine who’s helped me a great deal in recent years with my personal photography.
I got my first tattoo when I was 15 years old on Khaosan Rd. with the help of some older friends. I probably didn’t spend more than $20 USD for two Chinese characters on my forearm. Long story short, that tattoo was removed and it wasn’t until I turned 18 did I get another one but in a place far more conspicuous. I tried for a while to get an apprenticeship when I moved to NY but with no success and ended up scratching out of my dorm room for a bit. Fast forward 10+ years, I’m building a frame and using parts from another machine to make my own liner. This is just a personal project and the most action this machine will probably see is my leg for practice.
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.
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.
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.
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