How we coped: A pandemic in pictures

Chang Rong Si Bridge. photo courtesy of Krittanai Asanprakit

It's been 18 months since the world was confronted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 4 million lives so far.

In Thailand, the crisis has seen many businesses adjust in hopes of survival as the patience and fighting spirit of many people have been put to the test.

In Bangkok alone, the coronavirus virus has made the city look like a ghost town at times, with scenarios once thought impossible in one of the world's great bustling cities.

These include empty roads in a city whose traffic is usually known as one of the worst in the world and the absence of chaos in key business and tourist areas such as Silom, Asok, Chinatown and the long line of tourists usually queued up for tourist attractions such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).

Meanwhile, the famous nightlife areas of Khao San Road and Patpong are now replaced with loneliness, empty shops and customer-less bars.

Such unfamiliar pictures are being showcased on Instagram: leicacamerathailand under the "Leica Bangkok Captures" campaign recently initiated by Leica Camera Thailand.

Invited to capture the situation on the ground are key opinion leaders and photography enthusiasts including Kittipat Samantrakulchai, Worrachai Sirikongsuwan, brothers Kan and Krittanai Asanprakit, as well as famous fashion photographer Anakornpubes Hengsuwan and modern street photographer Sirawit Kuwawattananont.

Their photos portray the historical moments of Bangkok, including the adaptation of people to the pandemic.

The photos are considered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that connect the past and present for future generations to realise the value of togetherness to get through difficult times.

Wang Burapha intersection. Worrachai Sirikongsuwan


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