It’s been a memorable Songkran this year.  We’ve had the red shirts protesting and military armor rolling through the streets of Bangkok and the streets have mostly been empty of Songkran observers.  Looking for fun a couple friends and I packed up the car and headed for Kanchanaburi!

It’s been a memorable Songkran this year.  We’ve had the red shirts protesting and military armor rolling through the streets of Bangkok and the streets have mostly been empty of Songkran observers.  Looking for fun a couple friends and I packed up the car and headed for Kanchanaburi!

This image is significant for a variety of reasons, but to tell you the reasons I’ll have to share some background.  A couple years ago a young man working as a civilian contractor in Iraq took R&R in Bangkok and signed on for four days of my workshops.  He didn’t know much about photography at the time but he was planning on seeing the world when his time in Iraq was over and he wanted to photograph his travels to share with family and friends.  We spent four very intensive days and covered a lot of material.  He didn’t get a chance to use his newfound skills in Iraq in the following two years, but through correspondence I knew he was surfing the web, reading photo blogs, and in a way finding the style he preferred.

His time in Iraq is over and he made plans to come back to Bangkok for several months and offered to work as my assistant so he could be close to photography and learn and develop his skills.  This week in Kanchanaburi he was showing me the day's take and the above picture caught my eye.

It’s a perfect Songkran image!  It’s also a great street image that tells a story.  It’s got color, water, story, and a ton of emotion as it caught the real spirit of Songkran in the best possible way.  The technicals were perfect as well.  Immediately I wished it was a image I had captured.. but on another level I’m even more satisfied because maybe I had a tiny part in things.

This image isn’t as strong, but in the same style and the motion helps make it exciting!

This image isn’t as strong, but in the same style and the motion helps make it exciting!

Good work Troy!