The Head of Buddha

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Ayutthaya, Thailand.

 

Gracefully it rises…This severed head of a buddha statue always has symbolised the sacking of Ayutthaya by the Burmese to me. It is simultaneously sad and hopeful.

Never had I experienced a warmer and steamier day than this one…I had one day to photograph as much as I could. Thailand can be friendly to the mind but punishing on the lungs. My wife was with me. I didn’t let her out my sight, that pretty thing. For six months she stood behind me on every photo…

The serenity of his beautiful face still moves me today.

 

Monks and sweeper

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Ayutthaya, Thailand.

 

From ashes to flesh to the bones I grew,

if I didn’t ad love to the stew,

then what would I do.

From bones to flesh to ashes I turned,

the soul on bended knees,

and I burned,

still, love remained.

Temple and sunset.

 Temple and Sunset

Sukhothai, Thailand.

Got a little lucky with the light on this one. There was an amazing sunset the day I was there to take this picture.

Travel photography is a very special kind of genre. It seems to be so generic but still, I must warn you, it is very hard to do successfully. You find yourself in some far away exotic country with unfamiliar climate, culture and language. Most of the time you are under a certain time pressure because you know you must move on soon or possibly go back home. Sometimes, you can plan as much as you want for a photoshoot but still it is hard to predict how the light will be so you also have to deal with the time pressure that the movement and character of light creates… You have to hurry to get that magic light. I have been passionately into travel photography for the past 12 years and sometimes I still come home unhappy with my photos. It is hard. I have won a couple of competitions with my images and I even got a bachelor degree in anthropology at the university just to be able to travel and photograph with more depth. Most of the time the light is not the way I want it to be and I try to tell myself that, as one of my favourite National Geographic photographers Mattias Klum says, “there is no bad light”. You do your best with what you have in front of you but sometimes…you get lucky. Remember, even if you are lucky with the light it does not mean that you will be able to capture a great image. You must be prepared and since light changes so rapidly you must know your equipment by heart. Ideally, you should act on reflex. A great way to test your reflexes is by trying street photography, in my opinion the most difficult type of photography. Great wildlife photography is also incredibly difficult but it’s harder to try with minimum equipment. If your reflexes and technique are good enough for street photography you might be ready for travel photography.

If you need more advice about travel photography or street photography, don’t hesitate just send me an email or just comment here below.

Buddhist monk.

Buddhist monk in GBG.

Gothenburg, Sweden.

A thai buddhist monk in a buddhist temple in Gothenburg. This gentle man was very interested in photography and asked me many questions about my camera. At the time I did much more professional work so my camera was a brand new Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, a ginormous hunk of metal.