Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand

Nurse at work
Nurse at work

I captured this nurse at the Doitung Culture Centre during a festival celebrating the Princess Mother. It proved an opportune location to seek desperately needed blood donations.

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Ahka grandmother and child
Ahka grandmother and child

I spotted this pair by chance on the way to an interview in one of the less remote Ahka villages. They each wore matching coin amulets round their necks but were shy about discussing them.

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Lung Num
Lung Num

Lung Num, or uncle Num, is a talkative and lively tea grower living outside the Doitung Development Project catchment area. He made a life for himself through opening his plantation up to visiting campers through CBT (Community Based Tourism).

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Nurse at work
Nurse at work

I captured this nurse at the Doitung Culture Centre during a festival celebrating the Princess Mother. It proved an opportune location to seek desperately needed blood donations.

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This short series of images were taken during our recent filming of ´Catharsis´. This documentary follows the stories of some of the people who benefitted from Doi Tung Development Project, which saw this opium dependent region transform into a coffee and tea tree producing area. 

 

There are seven different tribal peoples in the Doi Tung area, and these photos were taken in Lahu and Akha villages.

 

The difficult conditions in rainy season lead these wonderful people to live in relative isolation in the mountains, despite their proximity to Chiang Rai city.