This is from Tha Ton, a remote village in northern Thailand, very close to the Burmese border. Already in 1973, when this picture was taken, it was a popular starting place for journeys down the river in small boats through parts of the "Golden triangle". Today I guess these journeys of 5-6 hours are much more organized than 25 years ago, when I had to look around for quite a while to find a boat.
This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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rodgerg (55767) 2008-08-22 1:13
1973 !. An excelent scan of a very good old photo. This one is a true photo for TE: to discover the world.
A beautiful composition with the bridge which strucure the image, the peoples who bring life, colours and contrast. Thanks.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-08-22 1:21
Hello Gert! Very interesting place and scene. Good perspective. Wonderful colors. Very good picture. Good luck!
izmirli (3989) 2008-08-22 1:43
merhaba dear gert
excellent interesting bridge and daily life.excellent green colours and forest.well done.
nirvana73 (0) 2008-08-22 1:47
another one documentary shot from you
i like green colors every where
i like bridge and children over the bridge
thanks for sharing and explanations
dareco (17134) 2008-08-22 7:08
A very interesting bridge, and I LOVE the trees. So lush and green! Very nice pov, and a good capture of daily life. TFS and have a happy day!
Disabled_A (0) 2008-08-22 10:27
very "refreshing" photo: I like the different shades of green colour of the trees! It's nice that there's a house half-hidden in the backgdound... and the bridge with people in the FG One person's red jacket (or whatever it is?) and another's blue cap are a very nice addition to the whole composition :)
PS Again these awful problems with loading pages of TE! :(( I hope to get through, though..
haybelg (631) 2008-08-22 11:35
Lucky man you are. Having visited such a place in 1973.
It would be nice to oppose it to a recent picture from the same spot !
Although visibly scanned and aged, the image is still amazingly good.
saxo042 (37966) 2008-08-22 11:50
As a late viewer I notice that you have already gained many of your well deserved point for this photo. Very good colours and composition, but still it doesn´t look like the river Kwai, or maybe the bridge is wrong...
emka (106608) 2008-08-22 15:48
Hi gert, Wonderful photo of the jungle in golden triangle. Fantastic vegetation and nice people on the bridge. I was on the trekking in this area and it was splendid experience, with visits in the mountain tribes villages and elephant riding. Many thanks for sharing and reminding me this time.
noborders (1010) 2008-08-26 5:54
It has been almost 15 years since I went for the last time in that area but working there as a tour leader in 1987 and organizing such boat tours on a regular basis, we had heard tales dating from 2 or 3 years before, of bandits stopping such boats when tourism was already much more developed ; the passengers were lucky if they could keep their pants on, they were stripped of everything, money and camera but also clothes and sleeping bags !
Jungle was disappearing at a very fast pace, now it's the turn of Burma and Cambodia... and even of Siberia, to satisfy the huge needs of wood of China but also of the west (furniture etc).
This photo makes me dream and travel...
How nice is the green colour and how dense the vegetation !
sothy81 (9630) 2008-08-26 11:08
What a nice shot of daily life of people from Asia. Green, really beautiful. It is a really peaceful place to live. Well captured Gert. Sothy
desy65 (576) 2012-01-09 12:39
Nice view of daily life from local people. Good shoot with beautiful colours and perfect POV. Thank you for the post.
Greetings, have a nice evening and all the best in new 2012 for you and family. Desy
kato (11630) 2013-07-16 9:09
This is a pastoral landscape with Asian taste, so it's impressive to see the jungle with deep greenery and lovery wooden bridge. There, the life of the simple village which lives together with nature can be seen. It's impressive in kids playing on the bridge, too. Well composed and good tone/clarity. And, the red color of woman's blouse draws out an impact in this image.
fritzi007 (12414) 2014-03-23 16:36
interessantes Foto, sehr guter Kommentar!
Wünsch dir eine schöne Woche
pierrefonds (71051) 2016-10-16 16:25
The vegetation and the trees are framing well the house. The point of view is showing the details of the bridge and of the house. The presence of the people is animating the scene. have a nice day.