Sawadee is the Thai version of "Aloha," or at least that is how I translate it! I really miss Thailand. The smiling people and beautiful temples, lovely silks and spices with colorful orchids everywhere ...
I lived in Bangkok for a short time with my family when I was a teenager and spent time there on and off for almost 5 years. What got me thinking about it was that I found one of my friends I met there on Facebook last week! Social networking can be a crazy time-sucker but when you are able to find an old friend (in Israel, no less!) it's pretty wonderful.
"A journey is best measured in friends,
rather than miles."
Sepia Ink on paper
I took a photo of this man during my first extended stay in Bangkok. He was standing completely still in a huge crowd of people, eyes closed, as if he where meditating. I caught the moment in black and white with my old manual 1970s Minolta. Unfortunately the photo was a bit overexposed so I decided to do a pen and ink drawing of him. I actually love this drawing. I say "actually" because I don't often say that about my own work but I think this piece just brings up so many wonderful memories of a city and people I love.
"Once you have traveled,
the voyage never ends,
but is played out over and over again
in the quietest chambers.
The mind can never break off from the journey."