city of angels

My plan was never to live in Bangkok.

I didn’t know much when I made the move to Thailand – I hadn’t even cracked open a guidebook. All I knew is that I had a friend I could stay with in Bangkok as I got settled and I could find a job teaching. What I knew of Chiang Mai sounded “like me.” A big city like Bangkok held little appeal, so Chiang Mai was my semblance of a plan.

But, as the universe keeps reminding me, plans change without my consent.

It’s been eight months in Bangkok – sure, sometimes it smells bad and it’s always busy and polluted and I look outside and I see concrete buildings and grey instead of forested hills and green…but what it lacks in nature, it has made up in art and culture and food and inspiring friendships. Bangkok is full of obscure little art galleries, aesthetically-pleasing bars, and a lot of Thais and expats who are pursuing some really cool art projects and business ventures. I may still make a move to Chiang Mai, but for now I am savoring my current home. I’m still working on an actual portrait project (and just generally shooting more people) and I often leave my DSLR at home due to its bulkiness, so here’s only a very small photographic sampling of some of the things I enjoy about Bangkok. IMG_7884

PhilipIMG_7885 IMG_7890 IMG_7892 IMG_7895 IMG_7896

Friends’ band, the Lowdowns, recording at BrownstoneIMG_7898 IMG_7903 IMG_7905 IMG_7908 IMG_7910 IMG_7982 IMG_7990

My favorite night market, JJ GreenIMG_8002 IMG_8005 IMG_8009 IMG_8014

Actually saw a ton of Arizona stuff throughout the market – it was uncannyIMG_8017 IMG_8046 IMG_8048 IMG_8051

Art gallery in Chinatown, Cho Why

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Irish MichaelIMG_8099 IMG_8109 IMG_8111

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They never embarrass me.IMG_8135 IMG_8137 IMG_8141 IMG_8147 IMG_8148 IMG_8154 IMG_8157 IMG_8186

John and JaIMG_8189 IMG_8199 IMG_8204 IMG_8210 IMG_8213 IMG_7968IMG_9064IMG_9096IMG_9104IMG_9106

Views from my first apartment.IMG_9878

Dinnerdance nights (exactly what it sounds like…we make dinner and dance around before/during/after)IMG_8763IMG_8766IMG_8767

MOCA with KaitieIMG_8768IMG_8776IMG_9952IMG_9958IMG_9962IMG_9965

Bangkok Arts and Cultural Center with DomoniqueIMG_9970-2IMG_9582IMG_9978

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