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Asahi Pentax K1000, 35mm SLR, results 7
In late December 2005 our trusty Pentax K1000 was treated to a motorcycle tour of Northern Thailand. The need to travel fairly light meant that only one of K1000s could go along with a handful of the smaller members of the Living Image Camera Museum. The tour was organized by Asian Bike Tour who were fantastic.

Ma No, a member of the Burmese       Paduang people

A little Hmong girl swings delightedly       on the tribal swing
Ma No, a member of the Burmese Paduang people colloquially known as the 'long necks' owing to the displacement from progressively stacking these brass rings over the neck. Contrary to what we were told locally, the rings can be removed, when the displacement is very noticeable. We never did find out whether the shoulders are pushed down, as indicated by one reporter, or the neck stretched. The practice derives from the once held belief that it protected from Tigers. Ma No lives in Thailand in her village a short distance from the Thai town of Mae Hong Son close to the Myanmar border. A little Hmong girl swings delightedly on the tribal swing erected in the market. This was a lovely moment to witness, in this troubled world a simple swing served to remind me that despite, ethnic, religious and geo-political differences we are all human .
Buddhist monk bathed by       sunlight reflecting<br>      off gold
locals balance coins       on their edges
 A Buddhist monk bathed by sunlight reflecting
off gold in the Temple of the Buddha's footprint.
Outside the temple is this symbolic representation of the Buddha's footprint onto which the locals balance coins on their edges, an activity requiring some patience as the surface is far from even.


from the K1000 gallery

 

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