Of Land and Spirit – Rural Thailand with an M9 and D3s by Lee Craker
I have been working on a project for a year documenting a small community in rural Thailand. The working title for this project is “Of Land and Spirit”.
I have found it fascinating to follow the cycle of the land here and the people who work it. In rural Thailand the land is life. The land provides for all physical needs of the people. Food, shelter and living expenses are all provided by the land. I also started to realize that the unique form of Buddhism practiced in rural Thailand is equally important to the people. Each day of a Thai’s life in this small community near Nakhon Nayok, Thailand begins and ends with this form of spirituality. Nothing is done without praying about it, consulting a shaman, or visiting a temple, usually all three. I found that the spirit and the land were impossible to separate. In rural Thailand one would find it difficult to talk about one without talking about the other. The farmers here are hard-working, up before dawn, and working till after sunset. The work is difficult and done without the aid of modern farming machinery planting, harvesting, and processing rice all by hand.
A woman farmer Sri, gathers the newly harvested rice so it can be processed. Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Nien, a local farmer plants rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
A local Buddhist Monk takes time for relaxation after a service in Nakhon, Nayok, Thailand.
Sri, a Thai woman farmer, gathers the newly harvested rice so it can be processed. Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Swai, a local Thai farmer separates the rice from the stock. Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Sri, douses water on her face in the fields after a long day in the fields.