PJ Harvey

A_PJ_BLOGFourteen years ago today, I landed in Bangkok to begin working as a correspondent for the Corbis Sygma agency. The very last London assignment before moving here was to photograph one of my heroes on stage, the amazing PJ Harvey, a very fitting way to bid farewell to London Town. This old hand print has been on my pin board in every incarnation of my office space ever since and has suffered a fair amount from the humidity, dust and light. I’d like to think that I fared better! There have been some very high and very low points, but over all the experience has been a fascinating adventure… And I thank thee all, including all the exiles, nomads, wanderers, and the departed too, friends old and new, for keeping me on my toes, and insuring there was never really a dull moment!

Polaroid 18, Bangkok

#apolaroidaday / 18 Brewing storm, Bangkok, 2013

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Brewing monsoon storm, Bangkok, Polaroid print –  2013 – © Cedric Arnold

Polaroid 17, Lost monk

#apolaroidaday / 17 – Chinatown, Bangkok

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This monk was completely lost in Bangkok’s Chinatown – I spoke to him and asked him where he was going. He said the “monks’ hospital”. He had walked from the central train station and was nowhere near the hospital in question. The 93 year-old monk had come from the country side to get treated but had no idea how to get to the hospital from the station – eventually, a local lady took him to the hospital by taxi… Polaroid print from 6×6 polaroid back, 2008 © Cedric Arnold

Polaroid 16, Bangkok

#apolaroidaday / 16 – Chinatown, Bangkok

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This is image was taken late at night in Talad Noi, part of Bangkok’s Chinatown district Polaroid print –  2013 – © Cedric Arnold

Polaroid 12, Bangkok

#apolaroidaday / 12, Bangkok – 2010

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6 am, Soi Rambutree, monks leave their temple to collect morning alms © Cedric Arnold

Polaroid 11, Bangkok punks

#apolaroidaday 11, punk concert, 2009 Bangkok

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Photographed during a punk concert in Bangkok in 2009 Ⓒ Cedric Arnold

Polaroid 10, Yangon

#apolaroidaday 10 – Morning alms, Yangon, Myanmar 2012

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These “headless monks” collecting morning alms in downtown Yangon are the result of condensation on the Polaroid camera’s lens, the range finder seemed fine so I could not see the same partially obstructed view the lens was “seeing”, nonetheless I loved the result when I opened up the Polaroid… Ⓒ Cedric Arnold