Monday, 26 April 2010
I have moved on quite well over the last week with a selection of 40 photographs titled 'Behind the Barricade - The Bangkok Riots' being added to the Uni Image site. I have also done some sound editing and have commenced learning SlideShow Pro in readiness for adding images, sound and movies with Ros tomorrow. The Riot images will also be included as a separate project as it is not often a traveller becomes involved in such a violent and tragic event.
Now that the fun and games of Thailand are over, I can once put some time back into this project. This has been a reading week with me looking concurrently at the subject of Dark Tourism, the hard work 'Anatomy of Peace' which seems to just re-write each chapter in a different order to the previous one! I am also looking at the early work of Phillip Griffith-Jones in more detail and exploring how others saw his work both as a photograpoher and a journalist. I am moving on to researching 'Passage to Vietnam' which has been loaned to me as a CD by Ros. (Many Thanks)
I have also done a little research into post production looking at both Blurb and Loxleys as book printers.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
I have made it to friends from Englandwho live in Pattaya after 8 days of quite tiring traveling on rail, road and ferry from Singapore to Bangkok. This involved 2 x 7 hours and 1 x 22 hours on the railway. I got lots of images of life associated with the railway, each a story in themselves but part of the plot of life of a railway. Most disturbing was the apparent commandeering of peoples homes to build the new railway in Malaysia. This would make for a series of documentary images in their own right. The slums as the train enters Bangkok are upsetting and in complete contrast to the quaint stations seen farther south.
Some technical issues when travelling by train in this part of the world:
1. Every time you get off of the train, the lens condensates up!
2. Two cameras with different lens are essential. (17-55 and 18-200) Don't try changing lens on a moving train.
3. Be prepared to be continually changing ASA values to match the speed of the train.
4. Be prepared to bribe the guard to clen the windows. Scratches you can do nothing about.