“Capture with your heart”

Life Beyond Borders, Thai-Burma Refugee Camp


The title for this picture Life Beyond Borders are the heartfelt words of the refugees in the Thai-Burma refugee camp. If you look closely, you will observe that there are many houses at the bottom part of this image. This photograph was taken on top a mountain located behind the refugee campsite.

For generations, thousands of bamboo huts have dotted the landscape. There are 60,000 people staying in this small enclosure. I find it hard to believe that just miles from where I live, there are people living in such dismal conditions.

In contrast, you and I have a nationality and with it, the freedom to travel. We have goals in life and a future to pursue. These refugees, on the other hand, are constantly searching for a place to call home—a home where they can find oneself, a home with which they could identify with.

One morning, we decided to capture the sunrise, so we brought some of these youth high up the mountain. It was a beautiful sunrise. Everyone stood in awe as the light shone through the morning mist, brightening up the mountains, the trees and the surrounding environment. They shared that it was the first time they’ve seen a sunrise and thanked us for sharing such a great experience with them.

Imagine a visitor coming to your house and showed you a totally new experience in your own backyard. Wow . . . this situation reminds me of a lion that is kept in captivity at the zoo for so long, that it no longer has the hunger or desire to explore the wild.

My heart feels for these men, women and children as they smile to me. Would we be able to give them a future? I guess it is a big question mark.

This image is also one of my fine art collection piece and it is for sale at L2Space gallery, visit: http://www.l2space.com.sg

To see more images on this Thai-Burma refugee camp, visit: http://alexsohphotography.com/tbr07/tbrindex.html

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