Pop Gun Mai

In 2018 I had an opportunity to travel Thailand, a crazy and vibrant place. The sunsets, beaches, countryside and smiling faces are an absolute joy to be around. However as a street photographer I wanted to try and capture the everyday moments of Thai life that you wouldn’t usually find in a travel blog.

All photographs were captured on a Fuji X100F.

Arrival   Nearing the island we were asked to disembark the large ferry while still far out at sea. With our travelling luggage on our back and the waves dramatically rocking the boats we stepped perilously off of the deck of the ferry onto a small long tail boat that would take us to the shore. Once there we held our bags above our heads and jumped from the small vessel into the water, finally stepping onto the warm, golden sand. We had reached paradise… along with the other million tourists.   - Railay Beach, Thailand

Arrival

Nearing the island we were asked to disembark the large ferry while still far out at sea. With our travelling luggage on our back and the waves dramatically rocking the boats we stepped perilously off of the deck of the ferry onto a small long tail boat that would take us to the shore. Once there we held our bags above our heads and jumped from the small vessel into the water, finally stepping onto the warm, golden sand. We had reached paradise… along with the other million tourists.

- Railay Beach, Thailand

All Night Convenience   Anything an islander could ever possibly need was kept here at the local convenience store. Assuming, that is, you’d never need anything more than a tank of petrol, a bag of nuts or a nylon bag.   - Koh Lanta Yai, Thailand

All Night Convenience

Anything an islander could ever possibly need was kept here at the local convenience store. Assuming, that is, you’d never need anything more than a tank of petrol, a bag of nuts or a nylon bag.

- Koh Lanta Yai, Thailand

A Contemplative Hindrance   As the hustle and bustle of the market ground to a halt, a moment of opportunity arose. This, he thought to himself, was just enough time to reflect on every single one of his regrettable life decisions.   - Yaowarat Road, Chinatown, Thailand

A Contemplative Hindrance

As the hustle and bustle of the market ground to a halt, a moment of opportunity arose. This, he thought to himself, was just enough time to reflect on every single one of his regrettable life decisions.

- Yaowarat Road, Chinatown, Thailand

The Expedition   “...and if you continue to question my ability to lead this expedition, I simply shan’t invite you next time.”   - Yaowarat Road, Chinatown, Thailand

The Expedition

“...and if you continue to question my ability to lead this expedition, I simply shan’t invite you next time.”

- Yaowarat Road, Chinatown, Thailand

Swashbuckling   While journeying from one island to another I felt an air of regret that we'd chosen to sit below deck where the air was thick with diesel fumes. When we disembarked I felt thankful that we weren't as sunburnt as the people who had chosen to sit outside.   - Somewhere out at sea, Thailand

Swashbuckling

While journeying from one island to another I felt an air of regret that we'd chosen to sit below deck where the air was thick with diesel fumes. When we disembarked I felt thankful that we weren't as sunburnt as the people who had chosen to sit outside.

- Somewhere out at sea, Thailand

Sticks and Ropes   Discouraged by an overly crowded, rather costly and generally unpleasant visit to a temple, my day took a positive turn when, to my excitement, I discovered a reckless duet of local decorators, scaling a handcrafted bamboo scaffolding to paint the wall.   - Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

Sticks and Ropes

Discouraged by an overly crowded, rather costly and generally unpleasant visit to a temple, my day took a positive turn when, to my excitement, I discovered a reckless duet of local decorators, scaling a handcrafted bamboo scaffolding to paint the wall.

- Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

The Phone Call   I can only assume that my camera and I had inadvertently intruded upon a secret syndicate of suspicious activity. They were onto me, and the call was being made. If I was going to survive this, then I needed to escape quickly - while I still could.   - Warorot Market, Chaing Mai, Thailand

The Phone Call

I can only assume that my camera and I had inadvertently intruded upon a secret syndicate of suspicious activity. They were onto me, and the call was being made. If I was going to survive this, then I needed to escape quickly - while I still could.

- Warorot Market, Chaing Mai, Thailand

Local Delicacies   The market was dense and featured more food options than we were able to process. Chatting to a local we asked for recommendations. It was suggested to us that we try the pigs head. This was both the first and last time we asked a local person for food suggestions.   - Warorot Market, Chaing Mai, Thailand

Local Delicacies

The market was dense and featured more food options than we were able to process. Chatting to a local we asked for recommendations. It was suggested to us that we try the pigs head. This was both the first and last time we asked a local person for food suggestions.

- Warorot Market, Chaing Mai, Thailand

Something about balloons, I guess?   Honestly, I forgot to write a good caption for this one. Any suggestions feel free to email me.   - Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Something about balloons, I guess?

Honestly, I forgot to write a good caption for this one. Any suggestions feel free to email me.

- Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Fur Traders   As we neared the site my initial fears became a reality. We’d encountered a fur trader. These poor creatures had been captured from their natural habitat, tagged and bagged. They would then likely be shipped all around the country and kept as playthings for children. Take a stand. Stop this injustice!   - Sridonchai Road, Chaing Mai, Thailand

Fur Traders

As we neared the site my initial fears became a reality. We’d encountered a fur trader. These poor creatures had been captured from their natural habitat, tagged and bagged. They would then likely be shipped all around the country and kept as playthings for children. Take a stand. Stop this injustice!

- Sridonchai Road, Chaing Mai, Thailand

Journey of Self   Not only were the monks peaceful and welcoming, but I felt humbled by their life-long dedication, and journey towards self-improvement and spiritual enlightenment. It was in this soulful, mentally enriching temple that I realised my goals in life needed to be more substantial and numerous than 'wanting a Playstation 4'. I still want one of those, but I’ll try to aim higher once I own one.   - Wat Doi Suthep, Chaing Mai, Thailand

Journey of Self

Not only were the monks peaceful and welcoming, but I felt humbled by their life-long dedication, and journey towards self-improvement and spiritual enlightenment. It was in this soulful, mentally enriching temple that I realised my goals in life needed to be more substantial and numerous than 'wanting a Playstation 4'. I still want one of those, but I’ll try to aim higher once I own one.

- Wat Doi Suthep, Chaing Mai, Thailand

King of the Jungle   There he sat as King of this majestic domain. Perched proudly atop a glamorous throne, we could feel his judgmental gaze shattering our confidence as we strolled past. He ruled here - and we had arrived uninvited.   - Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

King of the Jungle

There he sat as King of this majestic domain. Perched proudly atop a glamorous throne, we could feel his judgmental gaze shattering our confidence as we strolled past. He ruled here - and we had arrived uninvited.

- Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

The Seamstress   Hidden deep within the fabrics and textures she sewed away patiently. Surrounding her was a seemingly endless pile of garments ready for the tourists trade.   - Doi Pui Village, Chaing Mai, Thailand

The Seamstress

Hidden deep within the fabrics and textures she sewed away patiently. Surrounding her was a seemingly endless pile of garments ready for the tourists trade.

- Doi Pui Village, Chaing Mai, Thailand

Cable Guy   High above the city streets, straddling as much data as one man could possibly handle he gazed down towards a sweating man wielding a camera aimed directly at him. Either that or he was looking at that sweaty mans girlfriend who was a far more attractive sight.   -Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand

Cable Guy

High above the city streets, straddling as much data as one man could possibly handle he gazed down towards a sweating man wielding a camera aimed directly at him. Either that or he was looking at that sweaty mans girlfriend who was a far more attractive sight.

-Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand