Songkran

When the idea of going back to Thailand popped out, I knew that humanly speaking, I had all the reasons in the world not to go. It was April and I was behind. Behind on the bills, the project list, the posting, the editing, the unfinished books; behind in my faith, in my relationships, just…behind.

As my wedding season ended, I longed for newness to burst into my life but I had no idea how to welcome it. I had all the reasons to stay, to work, to catch up.

And that’s when I knew I had to stop. That was the moment I realised : my art has become too important. It was time to sink again, to remind myself why I started this in the first place.  See, what I forgot was that I was in the business of moving. Skill may be impressive and even necessary, but skill alone doesn’t touch the heart. What I needed wasn’t more working hours perfecting my techniques, what I needed was space for my soul to breath.

I know, it seems counterintuitive to stop, especially when you feel you’re “almost” there. But stopping was really the only answer for me, as to to carry on, would mean I would worship the art more then the Artist.

For me, photography was always about the people. In Thailand, April was the last month of the year and they were ready to enter 2559. (According to the Thai calendar, Buddha passed away about 543 years before Jesus. So if you would want to know what Thai year is, using our Christian calendar, just add 543). The Songkran, is the holiday known for its water festival which is mostly celebrated by young people. It represents purification and the washing away one’s sins and bad luck.

Brad Florescu from TeDoo wrote more about it in his article: http://www.tedoo.ro/songkran-anul-nou-thailanda/

 

B___7755

B___7666

B___7148

B___7150

IMG_029-side

B___7155

B___7164

B___7167

B___7169

B___7168

B___7600

B___7614

B___7621-2

B___7631

B___7627

B___7636-side

B___7645

B___7635

B___7646

B___7661-side

B___7649

B___7658

B___7659

B___7655-side

B___7671

B___7653

B___7667

B___7656

B___7677

B___7678-side

B___7641

B___7685

B___7694

B___7686

B___7712

B___7689-side

B___7698

B___7703

B___7700

B___7704

B___7714

B___7716

B___7720

B___7717

B___7751-2

B___7722

B___7724

B___7737

B___7743

B___7749

B___7746-2

B___7760

B___7758

B___7753-2

B___7748

B___7783

B___7731

B___7612

B___7789

B___7794-2

B___7803

B___7799-side

B___7813

B___7816

B___7820-side

B___7821

IMG_025-side

IMG_036

IMG_039-side

IMG_003

IMG_011-side

IMG_007

IMG_004

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

*