18 December 2015

Participating in Rural Yi Peng

Loi Krathong coincides with a Lanna (Northern Thai) festival known as Yi Peng which refers to the full moon of the second month, according to the Lanna lunar calendar. Swarms of Lanna-style rice-paper sky lanterns are launched into the full-moon night sky. Prior to the big spectacle, the setting is joyful and serene as Buddhist monks perform chants during an on-stage ceremony. The festival is meant as a time for making merit (Thai: tham bun). During Yi Peng, many events are being held all over Chiang Mai Province: traditional Thai dance, colourful Yi Peng street parades, beauty pageants, muay thai and dance competitions, fireworks…

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Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; people; portrait; head shot; night shot; colour; flash; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; Nikon SB-400; Asia; Southeast Asia; Northern Thailand; Chiang Mai Province; Mae Chaem; Yi Peng; street parade; Thai girl; beautiful; Lanna culture; costume; make-up; flower in hair; red lips; necklace; eye contact; tradition; world cultures; travel; travel destination

Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; people; portrait; head shot; night shot; colour; flash; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; Nikon SB-400; Asia; Southeast Asia; Northern Thailand; Chiang Mai Province; Mae Chaem; Yi Peng; beauty contest; beauty pageant; Thai beauty; beautiful; Lanna culture; costume; make-up; flowers in hair; red lips; eye contact; world cultures; travel; travel destination; false eyelashes; tarted up; dolled up to the nines; necklace; drop earrings; village beauty; air balloons

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Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; people; portrait; head shot; night shot; colour; flash; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; Nikon SB-400; Asia; Southeast Asia; Northern Thailand; Chiang Mai Province; Mae Chaem; Yi Peng; street parade; Thai girl; beautiful; eye contact; tradition; world cultures; travel; travel destination; uniform; track marshal; beret; military hand salute; gesture; Thai army reserve force student

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15 December 2015

Slurping Oodles of Noodles

Noodles are an essential ingredient and staple in the Chinese cuisine. There is a great variety of Chinese noodles, which vary according to their region of production, ingredients, shape or width, and manner of preparation. They are an important part of most regional cuisines within China, as well as in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other Southeast Asian nations with sizable overseas Chinese populations.

Chinese-style noodles have also entered the cuisines of neighbouring East Asian countries such as Korea (jajangmyeon) and Japan (ramen), as well as Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam (e.g. phở, bún bò Huế), the Philippines, Thailand (e.g. phad Thai), Malaysia (e.g. char kway teow, laksa, Maggi goreng) Indonesia (e.g. kwetiau goreng, mie Aceh) and Cambodia (e.g. kuy teav).

Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; people; noodles; chop sticks; street portrait; closeup; eating; slurping; food; travel; travel destination; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Langkawi; Kuah; vegetarian restaurant; Chinese Malaysian man; eyeglasses; yellow noodles; noodle soup; Panasonic DMC TZ-5
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; people; noodles; chop sticks; street portrait; closeup; eating; slurping; food; travel; travel destination; East Asia; Japan; Kyoto; Japanese girl; beautiful; noodle soup; eye contact; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; ramen
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; people; noodles; chop sticks; street portrait; closeup; eating; slurping; food; travel; travel destination; Southeast Asia; Northern Thailand; Chiang Dao; Tuesday market; market woman; Thai woman; eye contact; lunch break; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens
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Noodles may be cooked from either their fresh or dry forms. They are generally boiled, although they may also be deep-fried in oil until crispy. Boiled noodles may then be stir fried, served with sauce or other accompaniments, or served in soup. Unlike many Western noodles and pastas, Chinese noodles made from wheat flour are usually made from salted dough and therefore do not require the addition of salt to the liquid in which they are boiled. Chinese noodles also cook very quickly, generally requiring less than five minutes to become al dente...

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Street portraits of happy Asian noodle eaters in Matt Hahnewald's

10 December 2015

Watching a Lanna Street Parade

The Lanna Kingdom ("kingdom of one million rice fields") was a medieval state centred in present-day North-eastern Thailand from the 13th to 18th centuries CE. The resulting Lanna culture is a colourful combination of various elements brought together from both historic and multi-ethnic contexts. With the Chiang Mai Province being a place of trade along the historic Silk Road, it has been a crossroads for centuries of various cultures that make up the Lanna blend that is found here today. Many northern Thai and hilltribes people still proudly retain their unique languages, traditional dress, and customs in this varied community…

Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Northern Thailand; Mae Chaem; people; closeup; portrait; street portrait; headshot; smiling; Thai girl; Thai smile; Land of Smiles; world cultures; travel; eye contact; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; colour; face; outdoor; street parade; make-up; beautiful; folk costume; Lanna tradition; dressed up to the nines; floral hair wreath; lip make-up; drop earrings
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Northern Thailand; Mae Chaem; people; closeup; portrait; street portrait; headshot; smiling; Thai girl; Thai smile; Land of Smiles; world cultures; travel; eye contact; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; colour; face; outdoor; street parade; make-up; beautiful; folk costume; Lanna tradition; dressed up to the nines; floral hair wreath; lip make-up; drop earrings
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Northern Thailand; Mae Chaem; people; closeup; portrait; street portrait; headshot; smiling; Thai girl; Thai smile; Land of Smiles; world cultures; travel; eye contact; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; colour; face; outdoor; street parade; make-up; beautiful; folk costume; Lanna tradition; dressed up to the nines; lip make-up
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Northern Thailand; Mae Chaem; people; closeup; portrait; street portrait; headshot; smiling; Thai girl; Thai smile; Land of Smiles; world cultures; travel; eye contact; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; colour; face; outdoor; street parade; make-up; beautiful; folk costume; Lanna tradition; dressed up to the nines; lip make-up
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Northern Thailand; Mae Chaem; people; closeup; portrait; street portrait; headshot; smiling; Thai girl; Thai smile; Land of Smiles; world cultures; travel; eye contact; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; colour; face; outdoor; street parade; make-up; beautiful; folk costume; Lanna tradition; dressed up to the nines; floral hair wreath; lip make-up




























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