Sunday, December 18, 2016

It's the End of the Year...

...As We Know It

And Stephen Colbert sang out the year on his CBS talkshow.

In June, I photographed a fisherman jumping off a bamboo bridge in 4,000 Islands in southern Laos.

It's the end of the year, which means it's time to look back and consider the pictures I made in 2016. I spent most of the year in Thailand, with just a couple of trips to other places in Southeast Asia. 
A woman prays during a Buddhist ceremony on January 2. 

I didn't cover as many "big" spot news stories this year (like the Thai coup in 2014 or the Bangkok bombing in 2015), instead working mostly on topical stories like climate change and tolerance. I covered a lot of ground in Thailand and Cambodia on climate change and drought stories. In the short term, the drought resolved itself because Thailand had a good rainy season, certainly enough rain to guarantee a successful rice crop. 
In May, I went to Cambodia to photograph the drought. A worker walks away from the Tara, a boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, left beached by the lake's shrinking surface area.

Some stories persisted though. Yingluck Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand, is still in court on charges related to her tenure as PM. (She was deposed by the military in the 2014 coup.) 
In August, Yingluck Shinawatra appeared in court. She is still personally popular and her supporters greeted her with bouquets of roses. 

I spent a couple of weeks in Bali this year photographing feature stories. I was lucky enough to be there at a time when there were a lot of religious rituals. 
In July, women in Bali leave a Hindu celebration on a black sand beach. 

Also in Bali in July, girls mimic birds in flight during a dance at a mass cremation ceremony. 

The biggest story in Thailand this year was the death of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand. The King, also known as Rama IX, was revered by the Thai people and his death plunged the nation into a year long mourning period. He died in October and I spent most of the last part of the year photographing events related to the mourning. 
October 13, the King's death was announced at Siriraj Hospital. 

For Americans, the biggest event of the year was the surprise selection of Donald Trump as US President. He lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 2.8 million votes but because of archaic US election procedures he was selected by the Electoral College. I didn't cover any election related events in the US, but I went to the Democrats Abroad Election Watch event. To call it a party would be a mistake. 
November, at Democrats Abroad, it was not a good day. 

November, I went to Penang, Malaysia, to get a visa for Thailand. A picture I made of kids playing in an alley in Little India. 

I added some 63,000 photos to my Lightroom archive in 2016 but only a fraction of those got uploaded to my online archive. Here is a slideshow of some more of my favorite photos of the year.