Without an H

Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

All about the red


I spent a little time in Bangkok at the end of January and beginning of February, because of some not very interesting but still quite annoying problems with my Vietnamese visa. My visit coincided with the Lunar New Year, so I made a couple of visits to the area around Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s Chinatown.  The area was awash with red: kids’ pyjamas, lanterns, envelopes for ‘lucky money’ and, confusingly, anti-government protesters.  While red has been adopted as the signature colour of the pro-government faction, the other side seemed to use the new year celebrations as an opportunity to reclaim the colour, temporarily abandoning their usual yellow shirts in favour of red.

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3 Responses to “All about the red”

  1. bushflowergirl

    I love your photographs! Red is such a strong colour and I think you have put together a great selection for us! Thanks.
    Sometimes there is a silver lining to Visa mix ups. Once I was standing in a very long queue to pick up a visa when I bumped into an old friend who I knew years before and had lost touch with… you just never know.


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