Going through my Thailand pictures, and I saw this and remembered how I loved this moment. We were walking up on to a see one of the hundreds of temples in Thailand, and there were these dancers, and amongst them this little sweet girl. I picture what it must have been like prior to coming to the temple for her that day. Possibly, she didn't want to go, because I know if I was her age, I probably would have been wanting to do plenty of other things. Or maybe she did want to go, but got really bored after the first 30 min. Either way I love it, she took me out of where I was, and made me think, kids are kids, no matter where they are in the world.
Meet Kham Puem. Her name means Golden Bell. I met this sweet, gentle Elephant a few days ago while I was shooting at a Elephant Rehabilitation Facility here in Chiang Mai.
Kham Puem is blind. She was rescued from an illegal logging company (which is illegal in Thailand). Often, out of anger, the owners would blind the elephants to make them more dependent and subservient. I am so grateful for the Lek, the owner of this center, and her drive to rescue elephants from these horrible situations. They have Elephants that have been in land mines, stabbed and beat for street shows, and even very, very injured from forced breeding. It is so sad, and I honestly can hardly think of it with out getting choked up, or angry. Tomorrow I get to photograph Lek (the wonderful lady who started it all) and her elephants. Her relationship with them is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. There are few things I love more then an animal and human relationship. Unspoken love and trust.