Every year, the Thai community in the Benelux area meets up late August in the seaside city of Bredene for the event formerly know as Thaise Markt (Thai market). Rebranded as I ❤ Thailand Festival and on a slightly different location, this year’s edition on August 19th seemed to draw in an even bigger crowd than before. With a large food court, a market area, traditional Thai dance, family-oriented activities, an outdoor live music stage, an indoor party area, this year’s introduction of a Muay Thai boxing competition and plenty lot of Chang beer, there is something for virtually anyone. Just like last year, I did a photo spread in my signature style. Available if you continue reading. I do hope you’ll enjoy the pictures.
Recently, I’ve rekindled my romance with photography by going back to my first (14-year old) camera. Never had more fun snapping pictures, than with that particular device. The challenge I’ve set myself is to go back to basics and snap pictures manually, without the need for editing afterwards. This view was the subject of tonight’s experiments. Settings: 4s of exposure, F4.5, ISO 200. A long way to go, but I intend to enjoy every minute. Feedback and hints welcome.
His Royal Highness King Bhumibol’s presence in daily life remains everlasting. The Thai public has bestowed the title of King of Kings upon him. This particular scene caught my eye because of its timeless setting: it has remained virtually unchanged over the past decades and chances are that it will remain untouched for the years to come. The TV screen offers a fleeting glimpse of the mourning ceremonies, while King Bhumibol’s portrait symbolizes the permanent nature of his presence. #Thailand
The Thai Market in Bredene (Belgium) has been one of the most popular events in the local Thai community for a while. With 3 stages, 4 sitting areas, plenty of authentic food stalls, several booths selling authentic food, the largest Thai event in the Benelux area significantly grew with this year’s edition. Not just in square footage, in visitors as well: the family-friendly event seems to have made its way into the calendar of a wide range of people. Below is my pictorial report, with a personal touch, but still true to the event. As an Easter Egg, Thai popstar Kratae Rsiam does a cameo. Can you find her?