Photographer's Note

Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the 9th king of the Chakri dynasty ..also known as Rama a most amazing man ! The Thais revere their royal family and none moreso than their beloved King Rama 9. I'm not really a monarchist BUT, for once, I would make an exception in his case. He is without doubt one of the factors in holding Thai politics together and I admire the man immensely. Thailand has a history of recent coups and, the story goes that in the bloody coup of 1976, the King had had enough..and summoned the antagonists to the royal palace where, they lay at his feet. He told them to stop the bloodshaed and ..that was the end of the coup! He has been instrumental in directing the course of sustainable development for the poorer sections of Thai population...providing alternative crops to drug production, he has patented a rain making program, the list goes on..often using his own money. He is a model for all Thais to follow and leads by example, particularly in regard to moral thought and governance. It would appear however that the ancient prophecies... that the last king of Thailand would be Rama 9 ...may in fact come true. Thailand is beset with political and social problems at the moment. Thaksin Shinawatra (the ousted Prime Minister) has been instrumental in setting Thai against Thai..his massive corruption, cronyism and blatant abuse of power has set the stage for a protracted power struggle. I love Thailand and the Thai people and my only hope is they somehow manage to listen to the wisdom of their King and steer themselves out of the mire they have gotten themselves into.
This is a shot of a huge photo of the honour of his 60 years accession to the throne..they are all over Thailand..but this one, you can just see from the skytrain station at Chitlom. I was drawn to the idea that he was 'looking over' ..his people.
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