I am always afraid to say "Remember when?" as people always smile at me like they do when confronted with a semi-retarded child, stop listening and nod their head in understanding, telling me nostalgia isn't what it used to be and that the past always seems better than the present.
As a general rule I try to avoid being shot at. It is one of those basic rules in life which are always right, always correct. Now, I haven't just woken up one day and decided that this is a good rule to follow, no, it is from experience that this rule has come to life.
A couple of weeks ago we celebrated International Women's Day. Well, when I say "we" I mean people who care and when I say "celebrated" I mean posting three semi-funny quotes about women in Facebook. You know, a symbolic celebration, what they mean when they say "it's the least we can do" _ which usually is exactly what it sounds like: the bare minimum that one needs to do in order to seem like a good person.
I love my neighbourhood. I really do. The bible says love thy neighbour, but I prefer to love my neighbourhood. It is not the best neighbourhood in Bangkok. Far from it. It is not even the most "authentic" one, if you want to opt for the romanticised path of old Bangkok as opposed to the convenience of pseudo Western facilities. No, it is just a neighbourhood. A normal one. Well, as normal as a neighbourhood in Bangkok can be.
When did we start using "being human" as an excuse to being lazy and stupid? Was there a point in history when some guy, probably a Neanderthal, shrugged his shoulders after witnessing the harmful consequences of his stupid actions and then looked at the guy next to him and said, "Hey, what can I do? I am only human."?
In the last years I have encountered a very strange phenomenon that worries me, both as a photographer, but mainly as a researcher of human behaviour. Ok, maybe researcher of human behaviour is a bit of an overstatement, as usually I just snicker and make smart alek comments about that ridiculous game called human behaviour, but still, it is a phenomenon that should be acknowledged.