Photographer's Note

Kanchanaburi (กาญจนบุรี), Western Thailand – Bridge on the River Kwai

The Death Railway was build by prisoners of war in the 1940’s under Japanese control, connecting the Yangon of Burma (Myanmar), with Bangkok Thailand. The 415km railway’s construction claimed the lives of 116,000 people, including Thai, UK, American, Australian, New Zealand and Dutch soldiers.

It was certainly a sombre event, visiting the JEATH Death Museum and the local Military Cemetery. The original wooden bridge was bombed (as seen in the Alec Guinness multi academy ward winning movie), and swiftly replaced by this structure which was bombed again in the centre and was subsequently repaired.

I was astounded by the danger of walking across the structure, as you can see the centre is still a railway line and you are forced to leap up onto the sides of the ironwork to escape being run over. There is no footpath and many-a-tourist has become wedged between the awkward footings.

I liked the position of parallel lines and the solitary figure walking, it was impossible to photograph without people on it, it swarmed with hundreds of tourists.

My last B&W Thai image for a while.

A side on view of the structure can be seen here:

Dan Walsh – Bridge View

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