Matthew Atkin photographs the working boats of Thailand

My globe-trotting photography enthusiast brother Matthew Atkin visited Thailand recently and came back with hundreds of shots of fishing and pleasure boats (the pleasure boats are the ones that have something to protect tourists from the sun).

This collection , which is just a sample, includes many of the famous colourful long-tailed boats, as well as little paddlers, and some other activities associated with fishing.

I must say that long-tailed engine arrangement continues to seem pretty scary, at least to me. All that weight high up is one thing that no boater will warm to, but another is the wide sweep of that propeller on the end of that long shaft.

Imagine how it could be in a man-overboard situation – or just with a number of boats at close quarters.

Thanks Matt! For more of my bruv’s  fabulous photos, click here.

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Boats of Thailand photographed by Matthew Atkin

  

 

Here are some more of my helpful brother Matthew Atkin’s photos – this time of a few boats he saw recently in Thailand, a country he describes as strangely empty of water craft.

It’s a little strange to see old boats used to form restaurant tables – but burning them would be far more destructive.

And here’s a motor barge, Thailand-style photographed on the Mekong river. I must say I like the potted plants and covered veranda at the  bows!

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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