John Le Fevre’s 2010 FCCT photo competition entries
Category: Human rights photo essay entry #2
Subject: Regarded as one of Thailand’s playgrounds for tourists and raking in millions of dollars a year in foreign currency, the name “Pattaya” instantly conjures up images of beaches and the city’s notorious and seedy nightlife.
Interspersed among the multi-million dollar hotels and condominiums on vacant land with no running water, no electricity, and no bathrooms, hidden from view by towering trees, are the poor, infirm, and elderly who eke out a subsistence living collecting recyclable goods or working as casual day labor, while others survive on the generosity of others, being too old, frail, or ill to even forage.
Living in shacks constructed from discarded sheets of tin nailed to timber off-cuts with weathered tarpaulins as a roof, comfort in the slums of Pattaya is measured by whether there is a well to draw “fresh” water from, to whether heavy rain will see a river flowing through where you are sleeping.
Another risk, the sudden appearance of construction crews who arrive unannounced and commence leveling these shanty towns to make way for a new development project.
The photos from this series were first published on CNNGo on August 24, 2010.
Subject: From March 14 to May 19 2010 hundreds of thousands of red-shirt protesters rallied in the heart of Bangkok for what they claimed were much needed political reforms and the end of double standards in legal, medical and education areas.
This photo essay attempts to capture the 65-days in 12 images – from the festive atmosphere surrounding the start of the protests to the bloody ending 65 days later.
Subject: In Thailand bling is in. Even the country’s coach owners are ordering lavish custom paint jobs on their buses, before finishing them off with rows of floodlights, shiny reflectors, and external speakers that turn some into large, colorful, mobile discotheques.
The artisans who apply these intricate paint jobs are like bands of journeyman from the past, plying their skills primarily in the town of Bang Len in the central Thailand province of Nakhon Pathom, about 50 kilometers west of Bangkok, finishing one job and then moving on to the next at one of the towns numerous bus building and repair workshops.