Photographer's Note


Once a magnificant ancient capital, today Sukhothai is the ruinious remains of a faded glory dominated by excavators, tourists and a pack of pariah dogs.

While the ruins and the archeologists are certainly well documented, and, to an extent, the tourist presence also, I have not seen anything about the dogs yet the dogs make the place, for me at least.

Perhaps it stirs from the fables of Rudiyard Kipling but the idea of an ancient city dominated by wild animals is certainly romantic and formed a pleasant destraction from the heat and tourist infestation.

The pariah dogs are cetainly persistent too. Due to the expanse of the complex, tour groups can choose to be bussed from one key site to another, all the while "Jack" here followed us, running behind the bus. When we stopped for a comentary, Jack stopped too and promptly dozed until we started moving once more. Our tour guide, bemused but not exactly compassionate for these common street rascals, quickly shuffled us out of Sukhothai once our whistlestop inspection of the place was complete. Not even a chance to throw a much-deserved scrap of food.

My last sighting of poor Jack was him (or her) frantically running after our departing selves, futilely trying to keep up with us but eventually becoming enshrouded in the dust trail, vanishing into the mystical charm that draws so many tourists per anum to this place.

25mm, EBX at ISO100, converted to B/W

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