Black & White – Thailand Goes Back to the Future

Black & white photo of a lady in a canal longboat

I’ve turned the new into the old with some black & white, photo-editing. A one-click trick that’s a mishmash of ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘All Our Yesterdays’. Modern meets old-hat, and a throwback to how life in Thailand may have looked a full blue moon and more ago. The idea is to exclude any signs of the modern world within the pictures – mobile phones, Nike advertising, etc. I’ve thoroughly checked each photograph, and I believe they are all void of cutting-edge objects and things.

Thailand in Black & White

Mahout atop a elephant in rural Thailand

A mahout rides atop an elephant in rural Thailand. It looks more natural than an elephant pounding the city streets. Years ago, elephants could beat the city roads, but now that practice is outlawed. So they say.

I hope you like this – black & white with added fade. The picture is from Sang Khom District, Udon Thani Province. I’m unsure if the gentleman was asleep or pretending to be so. I felt like I was stealing one of his dreams. I like it. Some won’t. Do you?

Thai monks in a village

This black and white photograph puts to good use soft focus and fade. Morning alms, the offering and receiving of food and merit by lay people to monks. Photographed outside our front gate. Wilai kneels on the far left. Behind her, Pepsi occupies himself in an ancient Latin pastime – gluteus Maximus licking.

Lady about to go mushroom picking

I’ve had to look long and hard to check this photo for any signs of present-day tech. Indeed, no Thai girl leaves their home without their mobile. You never know what you might find in the woods and want to selfie with it. It must be in the basket.

A dozen or more novice monks on the road to I’m not sure where. I had to think where I photographed this one. My conclusion, though not definite, some village between Sang Khom District and the Nong Khai – Phon Pisai highway road. Fade and focus added to create a slight blur.

Thanks for the read and look-see. Now, you best get back to your many-coloured and slightly brindled castles in the air.

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I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

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