Piece description from the artist
An automotive mechanic is surrounded by thousands of auto, truck and motorbike parts as he lifts a heavy engine casing to cross the street. His shop is one of hundreds in in the Talad Noi neighborhood of Bangkok known as an automotive repair center. Sitting on the top of China Town, it is populated by many Chinese and is becoming a hip neighborhood for hipsters and artists and is now home to a growing number of trendy coffee shops and eateries. It's also slowly being discovered by tourists, looking for authentic sites off the beaten path.
It's one of the many types of scenes I find as I roam the streets of Bangkok, looking for images that tell a story and capture a sense of place. My work often captures documentary story telling and presents it as a fine art print.
Robert Dodge is a writer and fine-arts photographer with specialities in travel, documentary, portrait and LGBT themes, as well as iconic scenes of the nation's capital. Robert has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 years, first as Washington correspondent for The Dallas Morning News. He is currently on a long-term, self-assignment in Bangkok, Thailand, and photo shooting in Southeast Asia as covid restrictions permit. After leaving daily journalism in 2006, he founded Robert Dodge Visual Media. His first major project focused on what happened to Vietnam in the four decades after the war. The project was printed in 2014 as a book, "Vietnam 40 Years Later," by the Italian art-book publisher, Damiani. Ten prints from the project were acquired by the U.S. Library of Congress for its permanent historical collection. The project won top honors in FotoWeekDC's Uncover/Discover contest in 2013. In 2010, an image from the project won an honorable mention in the Santa Fe Workshop's LIGHT contest. And more recently, an image from the book was a winner in LifeFramer's 2020 contest, YOUTHHOOD. As a journalist, The Dallas Press Club honored Robert for his Dallas Life Magazine story "Mr. Bentsen and the President," which chronicled the close relationship between Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and President Bill Clinton. In 1999-2001, Robert was president of the National Lesbian and Journalists Association. Robert continues to work on writing and photography projects and is available for commissions.