Essential services in the sky

Essential Services in the Sky

Piece description from the artist

I found myself discouraged one day while out photo shooting in Bangkok, because I was not finding any scenes that I wanted to photograph. Then suddenly, I heard the rumble of an approaching Sky Train. I watched it pass and saw the possibility of getting an interesting image. Based on the Sky Train schedule, I knew there would be another train in six minutes. I was ready.

The streaking train was created by using a slow shutter speed. I imagine the train was not crowded, because it was at the peak of the covid lockdown. But the trains still ran, getting Bangkok's residents and workers to critical destinations.

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.

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About Robert Dodge

Washington, DC

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.

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