Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rearview Portrait

Behind the wheel of every Bangkok taxi is a driver who has to face daily challenges and personal tribulations. Waiting for passengers and green lights must be boring, sitting in traffic jams can be extremely frustrating, and worrying about making enough profit from fares day in and day out can undoubtedly create ongoing anxiety. To make matters worse, many taxi drivers in Bangkok are homesick as many of them leave their families and villages upcountry to find work in the big city. The driver's visages reflected in their rearview mirrors have recently become the focus of many of my photos. It is yet another way to attempt to understand Bangkok from the passenger seat.