This is the Bung Bang Fai or Rocket Festival in Rio Et, in Thailand’s Laotian speaking North-Eastern province. As I showed before, transsexuals (Katois) take part in all of the village events, accepted as women. Here, however, a group has formed their own procession, representing a local petrol station. They are changing into traditional costume in the petrol station, in readiness to process en mass into the town.
They live their lives as women, often working as shop assistants, hairdressers or beauticians. Teaching is also a preferred profession, but many work the land like other farmers. Some of them; those who can afford it, have sexual realignment surgery. The level of acceptance of these transsexuals in Thailand, even in these rural areas, is very great. They have always been part of life here and no one thinks them very strange. Every soap opera on television has at least one katois in the story.
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mammad (3558) 2007-10-01 10:11
very good approach ,looks like a scene from a movie ,i really like the light and composition.Well done,
u have really managed to bring out the colors ,Regards Mammad.
dareco (17134) 2007-10-01 10:14
Your pictures are always so colorful! This being no exception. Rather humorous poses. Well done.
gelor (3229) 2007-10-01 10:35
Une belle brochette ! Couleurs bien saturées, bon rendu de la texture de la peau, éclairage satisfaisant, c'est tout bon.
vivekrb (240) 2007-10-01 12:02
Nice intersting picture with a well written note. I was surprised to know that the katois are generally accepted into society, which is very different from the way thigns are in India (where they are generally treated as outcasts)
I like the tight framing of the 4 people which has resulted in an effective focussed portrait. The expressions convey a happy and joyful mood and the nright colors deifntiely complement that. I would probably however crop the top out just a little bit.
ndb1958 (9289) 2007-10-01 13:04
Hi Kevin, nice shot of the happy ladies. I like this colourful image and the expression of joy. I even enjoyed your note. The world can take some lesson in Thailand. Best wishes, Nino.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-10-02 2:37
At the end of the day they are still human beings irrespective of their sexual preferences. Same as in RP, the society has changed a lot in showing tolerance to transsexuals. They even have their own professional beauty contests which are well patronized. Anyway, lovely portrait and color costumes. Well captured and presented with very good details. Interesting notes to compliment the image. Excellent work! tfs
Furachan (0) 2007-10-02 4:33
Nice group portrait Kevin. A few remarks thugh: here you're letting the REDs take you over again I'm afraid. Also I'm not convinced color does justice to these "lady-boys", so I've tried my hand at a sepia-ed-BW version (helped me get over deleting y own stuff, ha!)
pcp (3394) 2007-10-02 20:54
Excellent Face reactions of each one.nicely captures, Looks picture too sharpen. Rest everything cool.
Stepan (27210) 2007-10-04 11:30
Unusual compo and note, really original and interesting. An useful post.
I don't know I find the one on the right not asian but south-american.
kinginexile (2598) 2007-10-04 12:32
The sky is a bit of a problem in this jovial portrait, Kevin. here's my take: with people ready to be photographed, one can do a little placement with them, here the 2 tall ones would have been better in the middle, as the sky really has such an ungly artificial color and is too central and bright a negative space in the compo. I keep having my eyes looking above their heads...
See also, that, I disagree with francis a bit here, the reds are deafened by some kind of pinkish blue overcast, not sure if from your treatment, or the diffused lighting of the covered space you shot them under.
the one on the right could fool me.... 2 minutes. That would be a record!
siolaw (38292) 2007-10-04 23:28
Nice group portrait of these 'sisters'!!! Unusual 'Jimi Hendrix hairdo... they may be posing but their natural expressions add value to the image. I dont dislike the reddish tones here.
Greetings from Bangalore...
axiotea (21649) 2007-10-05 2:42
Nice and colorful quadruple portrait with good capture of their happy expression! the tight framing is working well which gives more impact to the sisters. Thanks for the note too!
ls7902 (7328) 2007-10-05 21:53
The one on the right looks really feminine. Nice happy subjects. Regards. Latiff.
PS: Read your discussion in the forum & I like your comment.
RGatward (20062) 2007-10-06 1:26
Some very fine portraits you've been posting recently Kev, I'll try and look at more later.
sothy81 (9582) 2007-10-11 13:52
You captured their faces very well Kevin. Very nice one. The exposure and colors are all wonderful. Their clothes are colorful. Well done. Sothy
savask (1891) 2007-10-13 4:19
Expressive faces, joy, sharp colors, live atmoshpere. A good one...
Davids (56) 2007-10-14 3:50
A wonderful photo. The one on the left is a little bit squeezed in, but any critics from my part stops there.
I am touched by your note. It's personal, almost emotional and very pleasantly written.
patdeph (35748) 2008-04-18 4:41
this is something that I had remarked in Thailand and that I liked very much,their great tolerance!I think that there are not more transexual in this country than in another,but they simply don't need to hide themselves!They can have a normal life,they can find a job,and nobody look at them as they were ludicrous!Your photo shows this very well,they have a very happy expression!And we feel that they like to take the pose!Nice and colourful picture!
Have a nice evening
chirasak (2) 2008-06-12 0:52
your are wonderful photographer it is nice picture and i like your comment about picture but you still need to learn more about Thai language maybe i can help you,
fritzi007 (8366) 2008-09-21 5:05
- Copyright: kevin o'sheehan (kevinos) (7403)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-05-04
- Categories: Festivals, Humorous
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): The Rocket Festival (Bung Bang Fai) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-01 10:00