Muay Thai

February 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

These photos are from a combination of two different nights and four different muay thai matches during two different weekends down in Hua Hin.

The first of which being two 11-year-old kids fighting each other.  The second is two random Thai fighters I didn’t know, but they had a really good fight.  The last two fights pictured – basically the reason we went to the matches in the first place – are of our friend Meow (black shorts).  Apparently Meow doesn’t fight much anymore (he’s considered old for muay thai), but he’s a goog trainer, so it’s exciting to watch his matches.  All the of the fighters do this traditional dance before they fight, which is apparently supposed to be the perfect warm-up/stretch for the activity they’re about to partake in (wailing on each other).

Left, is one of the 11-year-old boys doing his warm-up just before the match.
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Land of Smiles

January 19, 2011 § 3 Comments

I’ve been wanting to do a post like this since coming to Thailand, a series of faces that represent Thai people, however my collection of ‘faces’ is mediocre at best.  But as far as people shots go, I think this is the best of what I’ve got so far…

I think I’ll keep this post going, or at least maybe a new category.  My goal was to have more photos of ‘people in Thailand’, people representing the “Land of Smiles”, so all the Thais call it, but I think I’m failing.  So these are photos that make me smile. I’ve been lazy with my camera in thailand, and I’m blaming it on lack of inspiration.  People are my favorite thing to photograph, I like surprising them in a quick snapshot.  Most of the time I think the look is “why is this crazy white person taking my picture??”
Here they are; stay tuned for more, perhaps I have found an inspiration…

Left: The kid was unhappy about something, then mom spotted me and stopped to pose.

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Loy Krathong

December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Festival of Lights

Loy Krathong is a major Thai holiday celebrated all around the country.  It essentially involves lights, being floated, to celebrate and pray to the gods. Loy means “to float”, and a krathong is the small vessel, made from banana leaves, that is floated.  Thais release krathong into rivers to celebrate and give back to the river.  There is generally a candle and three incents sticks on the krathong.  One says a prayer, and then releases the krathong to the river.  The actual Loy Krathong took place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai Lunar Calendar, about two weeks ago.  But the festival was going on for about two weeks before that.  And for whatever reason, in Chachoengsao, our quiet little street was where the festival was centered – except for the actual night of Loy Krathong, where the road that runs along the river in Chachoengsao was crazy.  But for a solid 10 days our quiet little street was turned upside down; street vendors, massive crowds with motorbikes of course trying to get through, late night K-pop being bumped right outside our apartment, it was great fun.  Except of course for those of us that wanted to sleep… Oh and did I mention lots of fireworks.  Lights right.
The actual festival its self we went and participated in, and it really was very cool, and beautiful.

In the north, the do things a little different.  It’s still a festival, except it’s called Yi Peng, a Lanna light festival corresponding with Loy Krathong, but taking place on the full moon of the Lanna calendar.  (Lanna was an ancient Thai northern kingdom.)  For Yi Peng the float Khom Loy, which means “floating lantern”.  These are the giant, awesome, floating lanterns that are released by the thousands, and th most famous image when people think of Loy krathong – even though technically they don’t have anything to do with Loy Krathong.  Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to get photos of this, it was all the way in the north; I know, sad day… But there are photos of my local Loy Krathong. I also snapped a few frames of film during the festival, but I don’t know when or where those will be developed…

Above: Full moon on Loy Krathong.

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On Assignment: awesome central Oregon sports

September 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

MUD-VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Central Oregon Pumpkin Co., Terrebonne, Oregon

I’ve been covering a lot of what The Bulletin calls “community sports” with writer Katie Brauns, they basically seem to be amateur, sometimes weird or “unusual”, occasionally sort of redneck-ish, community based sports.  This one was no different, full of rednecky goodness, it was awesome; a volleyball tournament, in the mud, with half naked people.  What more could you ask for?
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Sports Preview

September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

These photos are previews/teasers (these photos are not the best ones from the shoots) for a couple upcoming posts from some sporting events I’ve covered in central Oregon.  I’ll be posting soon, so check back!This shot is from an amateur roller hockey tournament in Bend. « Read the rest of this entry »

“Sportraits”

September 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

Okay, so here’s a bunch of old “sportraits” – so they’re called – from my Barometer days.  This stuff I really like doing.  Some are better than others.All these posts are just making up for lost time… Trying to show different things I’ve done.  More recent stuff will come soon, it’s hard to post newspaper (Bulletin) stuff right away, can’t give away stories before they run.

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The News-Review

September 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

These photos are from my portfolio from my internship with the News-Review in southern Oregon in summer 2009.  When I was working there I didn’t really have a functional website…

These photos are some of what I felt were the best from my 9 week internship through the Snowden Excellence In Journalism internship program, through U of O’s School of Journalism.  The photos are all from stories and assignments I did for the News-Review – which is based in Roseburg, OR and covers all of Douglas County – with the exception of the boy skateboarding (the first photo), that was a stand alone feature, all these photos ran.  Some of the stories include a home brewers club; the wildlife safari in Winston, OR; the week I covered the Douglas County Fair, which includes fair features and a Molly Hatchet concert; the Douglas County relay for life; the Williams Creek fire; and a day shadowing a corrections Deputy in the Douglas County Prison.

Right now I’m doing an intern ship with The Bulletin in Bend, OR.  I’ll post photos from for time here soon; the trouble with news photos and a news job is any photos I can post are delayed; I have to wait until stories run, to not give away anything that will be running in the future.  News publication policies and such.
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