Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thai Smiles, Part 9: Random Smiles

The young - and I mean young - family above were standing streetside when I came along one afternoon in Udonthani. They were so sweet and patient, waiting a few minutes while I took several shots of them. Their look of innocence was endearing, and it's one of my favorite Thailand images.

Now that the unpleasantness in the streets has taken a break I feel better about pictures of people in uniform. The two young guys above and I were all waiting for the same bus one morning.

This couple was set up and ready for business near Victory Monument on a Monday morning a while back - when wearing the yellow "King" shirts was a show of affection for him and not such a political statement.

I hope people are enjoying seeing these images for the first time as much as I enjoy re-visiting them. Comments are always welcome.


Christian said...

"were waiting for the bus" - when I was around the Saranrom park in January during day (for a possible return at night) I saw a man waiting at the bus stop on the opposite site of the street. He was gorgeous, so I lingered around on my site of the street for some minutes, desperately thinking about how I can have a chat with him, to no avail. "Do you speak English" or "Are you waiting for the bus" was all i could think of. But I didn't want to make a fool of myself, so I went into the park without speaking to him, and when I was back he was gone :-(

neil said...

fun to read and interesting to look at. your blog always entertains.

Was Once said...

The thing about smiles we westerners forget is that the physical act of smiling actually changes your perception of the world and attracts people to come closer. A smile acknowledges being present with whatever the world throws at you, even if it is a lonely photographer.

khunbaobao said...

Christian, one of the lovely things about Thailand is how some of the scenery walks around ;-) At least you had the pleasure of watching for a few minutes.

I agree, Was Once - there are very few times indeed when a smile doesn't improve most any casual interpersonal situation. Like the old song I quoted in the first "Smiles" post goes: "that's the thing everybody everywhere does in the same language."

Thank you three for commenting today.