Rafting bamboo downriver to market in Thailand

 

Transporting bamboo by river in Thailand – photos by Matthew Atkin. Click on the thumbnails for a much better view

As you butter your second slice of toast and enjoy your tea at lunch today, you might consider the lifestyle enjoyed by this chap in Thailand. He hacks down bamboo, and then rafts it down a big the river to market, and does it several times a week, every week…

Thanks to my globe-trotting brother Matthew Atkin for two more excellent photos taken with his Fujifilm X100 camera.

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The deadline for the National Historic Ships annual photographic competition is the 31st August

Calder and Hebble Keel, Pauline, misty morning Winner - Gabrielle Lorenz

Low Tide Castletown IOM Highly Commended - Ian Kippax Maybird-post restoration sea trials Highly Commended - Mike Garlick Beer Lugger 2010 Winner - Jon Palmer

Some winning and commended entries from last year’s competition 

Photographers – the closing date for entries for the annual National Historic Ships photo competition is coming up fast. Have you entered yet? Perhaps there’s something in your camera right now that would make an entry?

Category B is likely to be of special interest to Intheboatshed.net readers, as it traditional maritime skills, and is intended to highlight hands-on maintenance of vessels, rigging, sailing and boatbuilding in the workplace or classroom.

The first prize is £1000, and category winners stand to win £250 to be spent on maritime training, equipment, tools or educational material – and the runner-up will receive a copy of the book Legendary Classic Yachts published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

Click here for more information.

 

More of Matt Atkin’s painterly photographs – this time, from Mumbai

Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai

Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai

Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai

Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai Matt Atkin's painterly photos of Mumbai

I doubt many people who visit Mumbai take time out of their business or holiday schedule to photograph boats, but my brother Matt Atkin did so, and the results he came back with more than justify taking his beloved Leica down to the waterfront.

Quite a few of these shots would look well on an artist’s easel. Many thanks Matt! I’ll put some more of these photos up in the next few days.

There are many things to find in these shots but I’m struck by the craft, many of which have the tubby quality that’s typical of many beach boats including  those of the UK.

For more of Matt’s photos, click here (Vietnam), here (Vietnam), here (Thailand), here (Hong Kong), here (Hong Kong), here (Hong Kong), here (New Zealand) and here (New Zealand). It’s getting to be quite a collection.