Local Fishing People

Touring my local area of Rayong, Thailand, near the ocean, I came across a local fishing village. The people from this village were more than welcoming to me and my camera than the visit a couple of weeks ago to one of the main fishing ports in Thailand. As you can see from the following pictures.

The village, I call it a village, but in fact it is a stretch of beach, with a number of small buildings which accommodate the working. The boats are small but they are a vital part of the local economy and livelihood of the people who work the ocean.

Local Fishing Boat

Local Fishing Boat

The catch was considerably small compared to the bigger port, but I felt more at ease with the people here, working either bringing in the night’s catch from their boats or the women and men extracting the fish from the nets.

Busy on the Nets

Busy on the Nets

The area is well known for it’s crabs and the local seafood restaurants serve the local catch in their establishments.

Local Crab

Local Crab

I heard a number of people shouting out as a boat approach the shore. Turning round the local people were making their way towards the boat. The fisherman on this boat used rod and line to catch their fish. The fish caught varied compared to the net fishermen and when one of the guys pulled out the ray, my clicking finger started to work fast as they pulled the ray out of the boat. Although I have seen pictures, this is the first time I have seen the real deal.

The Ray

The Ray

The Ray 2

The Ray 2

I could have spent a lot more time taking pictures of these wonderful people, who as I have already stated made me very welcome and didn’t mind me taking pictures while they were working. I will be back, I had a great time.

Just leave you with one more picture. This is my favourite picture and what a cheeky face.

That Cheeky Look

That Cheeky Look

No there is one more and this one is the best. Same girl but what a smile.

That Cheeky Girl Again

That Cheeky Girl Again

Boats and the Ocean

I have always been a fan of the ocean and what it has to offer. I do like to snorkel, but never any further than the surface or perhaps a couple feet. So nothing to the extent of diving down to ocean floor. On the beach I just can’t keep still, I have to go and explore the rocky areas just in case I might find something to capture an of imagine with my camera.

Just recently (please check out my post on Rayong Fishermen) I have been into taking pictures of fishing boats and the people who work these vessels in order to make a living. In the picture below I have named “Expression” I saw the boat returning to the port and noticed the people on board, with their expressions of laughter and some of exhaustion. Although I have never been out to sea with a boat of this nature, one can see that they are relieved to back to shore after, maybe a night or even more of toil on the ocean waves.

Expression

Expression

For some fishermen the day is not over. Unloading the catch, and mending the nets in preparation for the returning journey to catch more fish for the ever waiting public to enjoy.

Mending the nets

Mending the nets

So when you are tucking into your fish for dinner, spare a thought for the fishermen who go out to bring your dinner.

Rayong Fishermen

On Sunday I decided to travel to the nearby town of Rayong, the town is located in the Eastern Seaboard part of Thailand. So at 5.30am I got out of bed, got the gear together and off to Rayong. The mission was to take pictures of the fishing boats arriving with their daily catch and then off to the fish market to see the action unfold. It was still dark when I arrive at the port, but while i was looking around the beach area I stumbled on another photographer who was out with his camera’s. I had a quick chat, asking what time the market started it’s auction of the fish. What surprised me he wasn’t sure, being Thai and from the Rayong area I would have thought he would have had an idea. Anyways it is always very nice to meet another photographer and exchange ideas. 

Moving on to the port and the fish markets was the next point. With the boats coming in to the dock, the hustle and bustle started. The Thai people are very welcoming with a person with a camera, always ready to chat and share a joke or two. Once into shooting the atmosphere was electric with the bidding and joking go on with all the people. I then noticed that the guy I was talking to early on had arrived. He was amazed at the whole operation. 

For me the whole experience was fantastic and of course a connection made with a fellow photographer.

The number of people involved in the fishing port process was enormous. However, the wages (salary) of these workers is very low for the amount of hours they have to do to earn any money. With the minimum pay per day at 300baht ($9) the people really work hard to put food on the table for their families. Maybe fruit for another blog on the pay for Thai workers. Anyways lets not get into this issue with this blog, lets stay on track.

Wherever you are in the world when you get the chance to go to a fish market, the photo opportunities are great. I enjoyed every minute and you never know one or two connections can be made. 

To finish a few imagines from the morning.

Fishing Boat Coming into dock

Fishing Boat Coming into dock

The Squid

The Squid

Cutting the fish

Cutting the fish

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sorting the fish

Sorting the fish

Sharing Pictures

If you have read my blog already, I am into Street Photography and portraits of people. Looking at a number of blogs and web sites, I have gained inspiration from what I have seen in the work that the owners of sites have put in to make their site personal and for good viewing. With this thought I would like to show a number of images that I have captured for you to study and make comments. Through the comments I hope to improve my work. Maybe one day I could become as good as the work of others.

I am a teacher, well I would actually like to use the term educator. Through my classes I try to pass on knowledge to my students in the hope that they will try to make the world a better place for the future. One of my favourite sayings to my students is “don’t worry if you make mistakes, you will learn from these”.  So please help me become a better photographer, please comment, but helpful comments.

Here goes:

 

Humour sometimes plays a big part in photography, so check out the captions of a few of the pictures.

Get your hand off my bike

Get your hand off my bike

Can you keep a secret

Can you keep a secret

Seats on top

Seats on top

I have one more picture to show. I took this imagine one evening just walking around and saw the monk moving my way. I managed to get in a quick click before he saw me. I have titled the image
“The Sad Monk”

The Sad Monk

The Sad Monk

If the response is good, maybe I will feature this as a weekly blog.

Photography and Pictures

We take photographs for what reason? For professional photographers it’s their job and they get paid for their imagines. The same as any other person who works, it’s their job. That doesn’t mean to say pro photographers always think about the money when out in the field, but no imagines no pay.

What does it mean to the enthusiast to capture imagines? There are a number of ideas that consistently appear on web sites and blogs. These range from capturing memories to improving as a photographer.

The camera is the only tool that stops time. For that moment in time you have captured that brief moment for eternity. You have made history with one press of the shutter button. As time goes by you can dig out the print or go through files from your hard drive or wherever you store your imagines and recall those moments. Isn’t that fantastic? You are able to go back in time.

Street Photography is an history maker. Recalling the time when that building was there, when that street had trees down the road side. Photojournalism captures imagines of the war for the world to view. These are more ideas of why we take photographs.

The camera is a powerful tool it can be used to change the world, but it can also be used as a weapon. We has photographers hold this power in our hands and we need to be careful in what we capture.

For me the new enthusiast, or should I say born again photographer. I see myself as a Street Photographer going out and making connections with people or interacting with the moment.

I'm Cool

I’m Cool

The picture I tilted “I’m Cool” I took during one of those times when I made a connection. The man in the picture is a Thai man on the street selling lottery tickets. I can speak Thai just enough to get by, so I stopped and started talking to him and it went from there. Great guy and what a pose, just the job.

Oh No Not Me

Oh No Not Me

Same again this Thai lady selling lottery tickets on the street. I looked at her and she started to smile and her reaction says it all. Another very nice person with a great smile. These are the people I like to capture, real down to earth people working to make ends meet.

There are numerous reason to take pictures. What ever reason just get out there with your camera.

Mobile Phones

One photography project I really got into was looking at the use of mobile telephones. The project focused on searching out unusual situations when people were using their mobiles. I have added a few pictures where I have found the use of the mobile.

Where would you find a mobile phone user, you would be surprised.

Calling My Shadow
Saw this chap in the UK and thought is he chatting with his shadow.

On the boat

On the boat


On the boat in Hong Kong

The Crash

The Crash


You can imagine what he was saying to the person on the other end. Just crashed into a boat. Reply: Bet you were on your mobile.

Lady and her mobiles

Lady and her mobiles

Which one shall I use to contact, choices, choices oh dear.

And the last one I really like. I have titled “You row, I use my mobile”

man and wife?

man and wife?

Hope you enjoyed the humour attached. When you are out next time just take a look at the unusual situations you will find people on their mobile.

Christmas Road Trip Revisited Pt1

There are three parts to the overall blog. This is Part One. 

Now that the dust as settled after the Christmas Road Trip and I have sorted through the mountain of pictures,  maybe a good time to show a few pictures of the trip.

 

The memories of the trip stay with you forever, but when you capture imagines from your travels these add to the whole experience and sometimes even a smile is generated when you notice the picture, that may describe a funny event.

Lets look at the first hotel. The Centara Resort at Ko Lak.

Beach Front Pool
Beach Front Swimming Pool

I did not use the front pool, but as you can see the design is very nice. Good for swimming and the ocean view is very good. The pool looks out to the ocean.

This trip was a family occasion so my wife decided to cook the Christmas Dinner. All the usual faire and the whole meal was fantastic, thanks Mrs Edwards.

Christmas Dinner Table
Christmas Dinner Table

The whole stay in Phuket was excellent, many beautiful places to check out. Go along the Gibbon Sanctuary, there you will be given a vocal documentary about the cruel treatment these lovely creatures have to endear and what they are made to do in the pursuit of money for their owners. You can in fact volunteer to work at the centre.

I put a link on my first blog at letsgotakepictures.wordpress.com take a look if you are interested in helping out there.

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

On my way around the island I came upon a stretch of beach with a small pier, this is to the east side of Phuket, here  you find not so many beaches. This area is where the local fishermen live  work and survive. On this occasion I managed to  click off a couple of great portraits of the local people.

Ex Fisherman
Ex Fisherman

This guy was great, I did ask first and he was more than willing for me to capture his portrait. In the same shop there was a nice lady who again let me take a picture. What a smile.

Lady with a great smile
Lady with a great smile

Moving along the seafront from the local shops I came across an old sunken fishing boat, which was just to good to miss.

Sunken Fishing Boat
Sunken Fishing Boat

The beaches around Phuket are varied with a number of outstanding to just OK. The beach at Nai Narm is a good beach, but go to the north end as it can get a little bit busy during the day.

Beach Nai Narm
Beach Nai Narm

Roaming around the beach at the north end the is a small peninsula which is rocky. This makes a marvellous place to find small crabs and fish. If you are like me, I can never keep still so these little expeditions are a god send for me and my wife.

Crabs on the Rock
Crabs on the Rock

So that is about it for Phuket, see you in the next blog: Krabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working Overseas The Expat Life

A small blog on my expat life working overseas.

I am a teacher working overseas in Asia. The opportunities are multiple, fortunately I work in an area that is usually warm throughout the year, so that is a massive benefit. To name a few more, I can travel to exotic places nearby, the students are always well behaved, except for a few very minor infractions. But generally there are no major behavior problems.

But the main opportunity is that I can take pictures of beautiful locations and the street photography, is well something different everyday.

Before I move onto the photography part of the blog, the teaching is the first section for discussion. If you have the opportunity to work overseas, take it, it is a massive experience, that can lead to development in your personal ambitions. I started at a large school where the resources were second to none. I developed my teaching practice and has the school was located in South East Asia it gave me the chance to work amongst a multicultural teaching and student body. Where back in your home country, coming from a small village which I did, you sometimes don’t meet, think about or make contact with people from another culture or race. Tolerance to others and understanding the working colleagues from other countries is a an important factor. You learn to become more patience in your approach when requesting help from others.

I have moved around to other schools in South East Asia and what I learned from the first school has stayed with me right up today. Tolerance and patience.

The photography section.
Here the opportunity to take pictures is fantastic, everyday a new experience, a different happening. Great for all genre of the art. At every opportunity I get out with the camera. Some pictures work others don’t, but with digital, well no cost development changes to take into consideration. So click away is my motto. Practice everyday, I take my camera everywhere.

Overseas expat life is not for all, you give up a considerable amount to work aboard, especially if you move a long way from your home country. And yes you do miss your family. But the experience you gain takes your through life with a different perspective on how you valve the things around you.

Quote from Del Boy (only fools and horses) he who dares wins. I think another outfit use this motto as well and they are very successfully.