This has to be one of the strangest images I’ve seen for a while. Somebody kneeling at a table littered with cameras, lenses, drones and other photography related equipment. At first it appears to be some sort of photography cult that worships camera gear. Like a form of extreme GAS. But that’s not quite what this photograph represents.
It was posted to Facebook by Witsanu Deetuam. As I understand it, in Thai culture, respect is is vitally important. This respect is regularly shown to teachers and educators who positively benefit their lives. Also the tools which have the same result. In this case, the cameras that allow them to participate in the act of photography, and earn an income from it.
They are thanking their teachers for what they have learned, and they are thanking their equipment for helping to keep a roof over the heads of their families and food on the table.
If our translation is correct, it’s a very interesting and fascinating custom. I suppose it’s something many of us do in our own small way, at least toward those who have helped us learn and grow on our journey, if not the equipment itself. But I’ve never seen such a display of thanks and respect so large and open before.
If I have understood the situation incorrectly, or you have any more background information on the scene above, please do feel free to correct me below.
Can you spot your favourite piece of kit on the tablet? How do you show thanks and respect to those who have helped you on your photographic journey? Let us know in the comments.
[Thank you Thomas & Sirinun for assistance in translation]