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Rowan Griffiths

Lithgow High School

Thai Sojourn


Digital photograph on foamcore

These photographic images are a selection from a number that I took on a tour of Thailand in 2014 (a jungle island off Patong and the slums of Phuket). I was invited to homes hidden by thick vegetation to see families. They didn’t have much but when offered material goods and money they refused, the mother saying, “I have my kids, friends, and I’m not sick so I’m happy.” They were more than happy for me to take their photographs. This trip profoundly changed my worldview, seeing the warmth, generosity and contentment of people who materially have so little.

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