Time is a fickle thing. Despite living in Thailand for 6 months of the past year, my time there feels like an eternity ago. Putting together this video has been a difficult endeavor. First, its been tough simply finding the time to do so, more significantly, however, revisiting my time there has been emotionally taxing. As anyone who has forced themselves out of their own comfort zones knows, there is a freedom, a liberation of self found beyond that threshold. It becomes particularly notable when you return to find that threshold further out than it previously was. Naturally, that experience is an emotional one. Sifting through my hours of footage to compile this 5 minute video has been a condensed revisitation of that emotional journey punctuated by the fact that my time in that incredible country is a thing of the past. This video (like most of my videos) serves more as a selfish and narcissistic diary of my time than anything else. For that reason I'd like to thank those of you who do watch it for taking the time to empathetically glimpse an experience of mine that will forever be an important one in my life.
Returning from Thailand has been a whirlwind of reverse culture shock. In a matter of 2 weeks I returned to CO--while my girlfriend went home to OR--walked back into my job for corporate America and moved into and apartment in Denver. Needless to say, its been a bizarre and abrupt transition from Thai time to American time (and I mean that with respect to more than just timezones). About 5 days after getting back I needed to escape. I was dealing with everything pretty well, but I needed to decompress. So I took my cameras to the mountains. Spending time documenting beautiful things is not only one of my favorite things to do, but I also find it epically cathartic. It just so happened that I escaped on a perfect night for some astro-photography. No clouds and a new moon made for a bitterly cold but beautiful night. Having spent the last 6 months at 0ft. of elevation, spending the night at 12,000ft. was a bit taxing. Some minor altitude sickness and general chill aside, I sorely needed the mountainous medication.
A while back Marika posted a "Day in the life" post in our travel blog (https://ethikaoutandabout.wordpress.com/). It inspired me to put together a "day in the #teacherlife" video. While the video by no means captures the happenings of everyday, especially the crazy stuff (i.e. the snake in my classroom today), it serves to illustrate the goings on of an average day for me. Hope you enjoy!
Last week I had the opportunity to join an anti-drug awareness march with some Thai high schoolers. Drug use, especially tobacco, is a big problem here in Thailand. Cigarette use is common if not expected for people as young as 12 years old. The students all made anti-drug picket signs and banners, and lead by the school marching band, hit the streets of Amphawa.
Architecture is a globally recognized art. Its a symbol of culture and history across cultures around the globe. One of my favorite things about visiting new places is seeing art from that place, architecture being one of my favorites . In the US, architectural design and creativity is often a display of status. Big companies make big, beautiful buildings. On smaller scales, those well enough off to design their own homes, take that liberty. In Thailand, the same is not true. In Thailand it seems that every ounce of architectural effort is put into temples. Buildings that do not honor a person, or a company, but a deity. The number of temples in Thailand is pretty astounding, but every one of them is a work of art.
Wai Kru day is a day where teachers are honored by their students in Thailand. It's not, however, like National teachers day in the US (where only a handful of people know when it happens). Wai Kru day is a day recognized by all and presided over by several monks, when students present their teachers with gifts of fantastically elaborate flower art and and other smaller tokens. This is just one example of the appreciation that teachers in Thailand have and that teachers everywhere should be given.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing a pretty stunning sunset over the Mae Klong River in Amphawa, Thailand. While the video I made is only a fraction of the full sunset, I still felt the need to share it.
King Bhumibol has seen Thailand through incredible shifts in politics, wars and everything in between. On top of that, he's like a god. Let me rephrase, to Thai people he is a god.Read More
At this point, the top of the mountain erupted with monkey cries. Monkeys began materializing out of nowhere. Before I knew it I was surrounded by nearly 100 of them all jumping and screaming at the one who was now stranded on top of the temple.Read More
The first post on any blog is always an awkward declaration of something or another. For my last blog initiation, I posted about how my mom would likely be the only person to read the blog. While the same holds true for this blog, this blog also serves as a platform for me to document my thoughts on certain things. In all likelihood, I'll simply share and write about photography of mine, but in all honesty, I don't know what this blog will become, or where it will take me. Until then, I'll keep clicking my shutter release.