A selection of photographs taken while trekking through villages in the mountains of northern Thailand
A boy plays with an elephant as its keeper sits on top.
A home of one of the villagers.
A woman weaves fabric by hand. The end product will be a skirt. Many of the clothes worn by people in these villages was made with their hands.
A child sits beneath the cloth that is being woven by his mother.
The tools used to weave cloth.
A child and elder sit together in a shelter.
A curious child comes over to inspect me and my camera.
Not all of the people in villages have access to electricity. This woman lights a candle on a table for illumination at night.
A man from a nearby village rolls a cigarette by hand. He picked the tobacco himself, and he uses a banana leaf instead of rolling paper. To make a filter, he grabs a leaf from a nearby tree, crumples it, and stuffs it in the cigarette. All the ingredients were free, and this is the only way he can afford to smoke.
Thama smokes a cigarette that he rolled himself while sitting by a camp fire.
A man uses a power saw to cut wood for making a home in the village.
Thama, my guide, knows all the tricks of the jungle. In this image, he's using a mango leaf to blow bubbles.
Fried fish that a few of the villagers eat for a snack.
Peppers dry on the roof of a home in the heat of the afternoon sun.
The village church. Surprisingly, most of the villagers are Christian. However, many of them still believe in ghosts, which are an integral part of Thai culture.
A group of men from a village play soccer in a dried rice paddy.
The ball passes through the goal. This is also the moment just before I was hit by the soccer ball.
After asking permissions to take her photograph and showing her this image, the woman said something to the extent of, "I'm not as beautiful as I once was," in Thai. I responded in Thai with, "No, you are very beautiful."
A man walks with his cows through dried rice paddies while carrying a bag full of feed on his back.