Mittwoch, 25. April 2012

Crazy Traffic

Imagine a Bazaar crowded with goods, scent, noise and people. Add 38 degrees and hundreds of scooters. Thats Bangkok's Chinatown.

Bangkok's Chinatown
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Bangkok's Chinatown
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Bangkok's Chinatown
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Bangkok's Chinatown
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Bangkok's Chinatown
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Sonntag, 22. April 2012

Travellin' Buddhas

Gautama Buddha supposedly traveled the last 45 years of his live through India's north. He didn't do it on a pick up, though. 

I travelled to the ruins of Siam's old capital Ayhtthaya in a minivan and rented a bike to have a look at the ruins. I didn't manage to take a single good picture of a fallen Wat. But some of the Buddhas were quite picturesque. 

Buddha in Bangkok
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Ayutthaya's classical tourist snapshot. 
But beautiful nonetheless.
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Buddha in Ayutthaya
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Buddha in Ayutthaya
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The flip flop

Want to explore a cave? Do it in flip flops! Want to go downtown? Put on your flip flops! Want to climb a mountain? Flip flops are the thing to wear.

And if you are a construction worker and have to put up the scaffolding at the Marble Temple in Bangkok? Well…

Putting up the scaffolding in flip flops
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Samstag, 21. April 2012

Bangkok's waterways


A ferry cruise on the Chao Phraya
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A ferry cruise on the Chao Phraya
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A ferry cruise on the Chao Phraya
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Chao Phraya and Bangkok's skyline
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One of the water taxis called "Klong" on a canal
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Sawatdi pi mai! Happy Songkran!

Nowadays the new year starts in Thailand on January 1st. But the traditional new year is Songkran,  celebrated between the 13th and the 15th of April. Basically it's a huge waterfight where even scooters in Bangkok's crazy traffic are soaked with  huge buckets of water.  Besides this somewhat risky habit, the gentleness with which the Thais put chalk on each others faces is a most striking contrast.

Songkran in Bangkok
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Songkran in Bangkok
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Songkran in Bangkok
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Songkran in Bangkok
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Nightfall in Bangkok

It is probably simply due to the pollution, but nightfall over Bangkok's skyline is a marvelous sight.

Bangkok
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Bangkok
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Bangkok
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Tonsai Beach

Was it a broken heart I had when I came to Tonsai? Or was it relief of loosing something I didn't want anymore? Was I raging or was I just lost? 

One way or the other, I found a great place with great people and together they made me contend again.

Tonsai
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Tonsai
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Tonsai
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Tonsai
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Tonsai
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Tonsai
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Before the thunderstorm

After a hot and sunny day on Ko Lanta a thunderstorm approached. It came with sunset. For almost an hour it ravaged directly over my bamboo bungalow. But right before it hit the coast it poured a magic light  over the world.

Before the thunderstom
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The Waiting IV

A few years ago i saw Nathalie Stern playing in Braunschweig. I liked it and asked her, if she could send me some of her tracks. Months later I got a DVD. A year later I did a remix. And another year later I shot a video in an abandoned mill at the harbor in Braunschweig, Germany. Cheers to Hannes, Kamila, Sebastian and Ebbo for helping me.