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The Red Shirts in Bangkok: The Faces of Day Three

Red Shirts 2010

Day three of the Red Shirts in Bangkok…

Ok, today is even more rushed than yesterday as I have company arriving any second soon. Yikes.

So here they are, the faces of day three…

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Red Shirts 2010

Ok, my guests just walked in (they are watching me type this actually) so time to go!

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11 Comments

  1. The photos are stunning, again. I hope you’re taking good care.

  2. Thank you Joanna :-) Other than getting heat stroke (or the feeling of) it’s been quite easy getting around.

    Today the Red Shirts are supposed to march up my area on the way to the 11th Infantry Regiment.

    ThaiVisa: ‘The huge red-shirt group will start marching from Rajdamnoen Avenue – the main protest site – at 9am via Victory Monument and walk along Phaholyothin Road to the infantry regiment in Bang Khen district.’

    I live off Phaholyothin Road, so I’ll be waiting for them. If they switch over (as they might) looks like Khun Pissout’s taxi time.

  3. Catherine my apologies for playing truant once again but I don’t need to explain the reasons as you know why by now.

    I have been following your red shirt posts but just haven’t had the time or energy to comment, until today. I’m now going to put on a red shirt and have a few beers on my day off work.

    Your pictures are quite stunning and capture the so far good natured stance taken by those participating in the red shirt rally. So many of the faces have been heavily tanned by years of toil in the hot sun. I haven’t seen many office complexions so far.

    Here’s praying that the rally is a success and trouble free. Keep up your excellent reports.

    On a more personal note may I suggest you omit one S from your taxi drivers name. Its present format does give the feel of him liking a bit of a drink.

    I have visions of Khun Pissout swigging from a lao khao bottle as he screeches around the streets of Bangkok at breathtaking speeds with you sat in the back clutching a Thai amulet and mouthing colourful prayers. Khun Pisout has a much more tranquil sound. Best wishes and stick on a red sombrero to protect yourself from the sun.

  4. Hi Martyn, while I have missed your smiling face, I do understand your reasons (money gathering holds a high importance in life!)

    I too have not had much free time this week (reason my posts are all photos and no content).

    There were a lot of office workers and well-to-do Thais out today. It was noticeable in the photos I took (it will take a couple of hours to get them on WLT). Some even stopped by to chat with me, letting me know their station in life. It was important for them to inform me that they are not from upcountry. They are from the high class in BKK and they now support the Red Shirts.

    Khun Pissout will laugh up a storm when I tell him your suggestion! He does not drink Whiskey (except for Christmas and New Years) so a Leo will have to do as he says Singha is too expensive for him. I bought him a six pack of Singha just yesterday as a thanks. He was pleased :-)

    No worries about his driving habits though, as he’s one of the best drivers I’ve ever had. He won’t hang anything from his mirror in traditional Thai style because it would cause a distraction.

    Yes, I should have had a red sombrero today as it was hot, hot, hot!

  5. Brilliant series, Cat. I particularly liked the first grouping where you were driving around a deserted Bangkok. That must’ve been quite eery.
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  6. More impressive camera work Cat. You really do have an eye for catching the human aspect of this story in the faces you capture.

    Their faces tell the story that mere words could never say, and being able to capture those moments in time is more than just good photography…it’s the best type of reporting, honest, fair and full of spirit.

  7. Cat, you said “I too have not had much free time this week (reason my posts are all photos and no content).”

    Not that I don’t enjoy your prose, but these photos are excellent content in themselves. So, don’t worry about writing up any text when you don’t have time. As Talen said, you really do have a knack for getting wonderful human expressions. I love the close-up shots, especially the face of the man with his palm over his face.

    Seeing them the way you’ve shown them, it doesn’t matter what color their shirts are, where they come from, or even whether they were given any money. It’s the humanity that shines through, and theirs should be accorded no less respect than anyone else — peasants, office workers or hi-so.

    Thanks and please keep up the good work!
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  8. David, Yes! It was strange driving around a huge city sans traffic. Then, every once in awhile, I’d pass army guys decked out in their magnificent robocop gear. Surreal. I’ve seen it many times before (it has not exactly been peaceful around here), but it still gets to me.

    Talen, Thank you for easing my mind. I was worried about stopping the videos before completion (judgement call).

    Kaewmala, Photos can be so powerful and I’m hoping as such. So much has been happening that I would like to share (given the time).

    Like, today I was helped along the route. It was hot being in the sun, so one person gave me a cold cloth for my face. Another, a bottle of water. Others walked up to just to let me know that they appreciated me being there. Many, many, people gathered me in to document the day. It was totally amazing.

    ‘…it doesn’t matter what color their shirts are, where they come from, or even whether they were given any money. It’s the humanity that shines through, and theirs should be accorded no less respect than anyone else.’

    Absolutely. Some expats get upset about the money aspects of this march. But when the poverty is deep, what to do, lah? How can they stop the drive to make money to come to BKK? I’m not going to go into it here in detail… but I’ve been poor. And when you are poor, options and priorities are different. Luxuries are few. And the luxury to take off work for seven days? Heh.

  9. Cat, your photos put a completely friendly face to the Red Shirt protest compared with the usual media warped mirror. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time today to check the news agency photos (in new computer system class all day). But I can imagine images of contorted faces suffering under the scorching sun and humidity being interpreted in photo captions as crowd tensions. I admire your devotion to the subject. And, reading the messages above, you definitely have hungry audience of couch commentators.
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    July 28, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Not that I don’t enjoy your prose, but these photos are excellent content in themselves. So, don’t worry about writing up any text when you don’t have time. As Talen said, you really do have a knack for getting wonderful human expressions. I love the close-up shots, especially the face of the man with his palm over his face.

    Seeing them the way you’ve shown them, it doesn’t matter what color their shirts are, where they come from, or even whether they were given any money. It’s the humanity that shines through, and theirs should be accorded no less respect than anyone else — peasants, office workers or hi-so.

  11. Thanks (?) it was quite the experience. From start to finish, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And I do believe they surprised us all.

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