“Great and Good Friends” was an exhibition of historic gifts exchanged between Thailand and the United States, to commemorate the 200 years of bilateral relation between the two countries. I was present when the TV commercial to promote the exhibition was filmed and managed to take some behind the scene photos. The video was later played all over the city, on the Skytrain, at major traffic junctions, on screens in the cinemas and inside elevators and metro stations, for the duration of the exhibition as a part of the promotional campaign. If you were in Bangkok from March to June 2018, you for sure would have seen this video at least once.
Hong Kong has always been my go-to vacation destination because it's close by and there are, after all these years, many things to explore and discover still. But this is my first time taking the digital Leica ME with me. I still prefer shooting film but digital sure is convenient.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
April 12-16, 2017
Allison Miller is a badass American female jazz drummer. That evening, I watched her as she took charge the core of the band. Since she's a about half the size of other musicians in the band, you couldn't tell at all if she was the bandleader behind that massive drum kit.
CentralWorld Bangkok, Thailand
March 7, 2017
Colorful Phuket Old Town
A quick work trip to the Thai southern destination meant a great photo opportunity. I would not go to Phuket on my own free will otherwise; it's expensive, touristy, and laden with taxi mafia so you have to pay abhorrently expensive cab fare to get from A to B. But if you ever find yourself there, drop by in the Old Town to see all the colorful shophouses. It's really the only charming part of Phuket.
March 16, 2017
I envy all of the Bangkok street photographers for always finding something interesting to photograph in this mess of a city. I'd like to keep my film camera for something special, so a digital is a great choice of tool for just snapping away around the city without having to think if you're wasting film.
The guitar case of a busker who was almost always performing at the Saphan Taksin boat pier.
A common Bangkok sight: bored commuters.
The pattern and lighting on this stack of jeans at Central Embassy mall is pretty to me somehow.
Thais are not known to be "Americanophile" but the Americana culture and motifs have long been favored by the alternative and cool, and now hipster, crowd.