Muay Thai prints – Limited edition.

I have just launched a limited edition of prints from my Muay Thai series.
The prints are made on thick mat cotton rag, museum grade, archival paper (325 GSM) And limited to editions of 25 prints.

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The first batches are printed and have been shipped to Australia, the US and the UK. The picture above shows prints at the following size: 8.5 x 11″ (21.5 x 28 cm – editions of 25) –

Due to popular demand, I have also added a selection of larger images in editions of 25 as well, A3 / 11.6×16.5″ (29.7x42cm), A2 / 16.5×23.3″ (42×59.4cm) & more closeup images such as the below image printed on a smaller A5 format / in editions of 50

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For info on the print sizing, availability and pricing – please email here

Indian Ocean Tsunami – 10 years on

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, also known as the Boxing Day Tsunami. On Sunday, December 26th 2004 an earth quake measuring 9.2 on the richter scale, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia; caused a tsunami which cost the lives of 230000 people in fourteen countries in Asia and Africa.

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The bodies of tsunami victims who lost their lives in Khao Lak and Takua Pa were brought to local temples turned into makeshift morgues

I covered the immediate aftermath of the disaster un Thailand’s south for several British publications. It was a big turning point in my career, frustrated by the British and western media’s initial obsession with western-centric stories, I spent a lot of my own time concentrating on the local fishing village of Baan Nahm Kem, a village heavily affected by the tsunami. After my experience covering the disaster, I decided to move away from hard news and work more on long form features. I returned many times to Baan Nahm Kem in the months following the tsunami. The story “The fishing village” was the result of these trips.

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The devastation at Baan Nahm Kem village two days after the disaster.

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Met, a local fisherman was on his day off when the waves hit the village. His brothers, out at sea, radioed in saying the sea was behaving strangely, he decided to take the family’s second boat out to go and investigate, he was caught by the wave, the boat was smashed and he was eventually found unconscious, in a tree several hours later with, luckily, only a broken ankle and a few scratches. This photograph was taken 5 months after the tsunami

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Locals search for relatives’ names on a notice board at a temple.

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Five days on, and recovering in hospital with his son and daughter, this man still did not have the heart to tell his daughter that her mother was dead.

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Rescue workers carry the body of a victim 2 days after the disaster.

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On the moring of Dec 26 Chana was squid fishing 3 hours away from shore in his long tail boat with his brother, Man.
He saw a massive wave come from behind him, turned his boat around and miraculously managed to cut across the side of the wave and over it. The boat was damaged but still afloat.
Chana and Man returned to a scene of horror “All we could see was dead bodies and destroyed houses and boats, my first though was: where are my parents”. Chana lost countless friends in the disaster but incredibly all his family members were spared.

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When the wave came Pisek was enjoying a day off with his father. As he saw the wave, he ran to pick up his younger sister’s son and managed to escape the killer wave, his father could not run fast enough. Pisek described his late father as his best friend, a relationship developed over ten years of fishing together. He now goes out at sea with his younger brother Tanisak, who also survived the wave.

 

 

 

 

Lumphini Stadium, the last fight

After 57 years playing host to many of Bangkok’s most memorable fights, the legendary Lumphini Boxing Stadium closed its doors for the last time this weekend. Completed in December 1956 and run by the Thai army, the corrugated iron roofed ramshackle venue was seen as the heart and soul of Muay Thai to fighters from the world over. A modern and larger stadium will open under the same name but in a completely different location on Feb 11th. The last night was an intense one with two knockouts and quite a bit of blood spilled… These photos were all taken on that night.

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A fighter listens to his coach’s advice between two rounds.

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Coaches and supporters react to “their” fighter’s performance during a match

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Fighters in the ring during a very powerful fight which caused spectators and gamblers alike to go wild

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Gamblers gesture during round 3 of the heated battle. The bets are placed using hand-signals, very much like at a stock exchange.

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A coach fits a traditional arm band (called a Prajioud) onto his fighter before a match

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A fighter prays before entering the ring

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Gamblers anxhiously watch a fight

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A fighter grimaces with pain in the stadium doctor’s office after he was knocked out

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A fighter waits for his turn to fight

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A fighter practices his moves, shadowboxing before his bout

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Gamblers react to the outcome of a fight

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A fighter is tended to in the stadium doctor’s office, after a knockout

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A fighter listens to his coach’s advice between two rounds

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Gamblers react to a fight going against the odds.

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A fighter spits out blood and is looked after by his team after a difficult fight.

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A gambler reflects on the evening after the last fight.

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The usually bustling back area of the stadium with the massage beds where the fighters are prepared for the fights is left deserted at the end of the night