Street Scene

Street scene in City of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
He was on a quiet street, with little traffic. I didn't
want to assume he was begging, because he was just sitting
there. I could not pass without taking a shot.

Posted by S Roter on Sat, 02/15/20 23:46
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/16/20 08:24

I like the quality of the light highlighting the individual helping to focus the attention of the viewer, especially the expression you captured on his face.

Comments by slacker on Sun, 02/16/20 09:55

Nice shot. The picture pulls on my heart strings. I hope you
flipped him one of those French Canadian Five$.

Comments by S Roter on Mon, 02/17/20 00:13

Thank you Jan. I felt the calmness in his gaze.
Thanks Donald. Once the man saw me take his picture, I smiled and
placed my 'hands' together and bowed saying thank you. I approached
him, again bowed and gave him a few hundred Baht.

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Tue, 02/18/20 09:08

I feel for the poor guy...don't know what's wrong with him though. Good shot. Was this trip just recent?;-)

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Tue, 02/18/20 09:32

I am just curious Steve about the money you gave to this poor fellow. What could he buy with that money? I don't know much about the baht but I know they don't make much in Thailand in some areas. I am just asking because around here we have the homeless that beg for money and whenever I come across some, I always like to give them something that will pay for a coffee or a small meal. ;-)

Comments by S Roter on Sat, 02/22/20 16:23

Thank you for commenting

Sandi, I don't know what ails the man. I have seen people with a
similar condition before in Thailand.
300 Baht is a little over $12.00 Canadian. He could buy a bag of
rice to feed his whole family with that. Or a meal for a day or
two, just for himself.
I am careful who I give money to here in Montreal. I knew a
homeless young man, who instead of giving him money I bought him
a McDonald's Burger and fries. We talked while we ate our
burgers. He said 90% of the money he receives goes to drugs.
This is not a recent picture. I had a jewelry store for 12 years,
I sold sterling silver jewelry from the late 80's to 2000. I took
this on one of my many buying trips.
Thanks again.