Saturday, February 17, 2018

Other New Shots

These are from the last several days at the dump:

Group of workers waiting for the garbage truck to unload
Group of workers on top of the garbage


Great News, Possible Crowd Funding To Help The Families At A Toronto Exhibition

Facebook and being close to the good people in this world can lead to very positive things. Check out the chat messages below. Kumaran and Bob are truly good people who made wonderful suggestions after seeing the recent colour dump photographs on Facebook. Bob might be able to arrange a exhibition in Toronto that might also have crowd funding as part of it to help raise money for the families. Nothing is set yet, but it seems promising.

Here is our Facebook message chain:

Gerry Yaum Thanks Kumaran, just trying to calculate the money thing. I have 10-12 more nights in the dump, 7 headlamps, 2 sets of boots and $350 CAD. It should work out. If not an extra $200 or $300 on my part is not too big a deal. I will return to my security guard gig and start earning again mid April. Want and need to finish this up properly. Hopefully can come back in a year or two and do it all again. Maybe the “Families Of the Dump” colour NIGHT photos will help with that.
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Kumaran Reddy We should crowd fund for supplies for your next trip....
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Gerry Yaum Good plan, never thought of that or tried that before. I will keep it in mind.
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Kumaran Reddy Gerry Yaum you could use the artwork as incentives to different levels of support ....... but this trip is not even over yet so ....lets concentrate on that for now.
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Gerry Yaum That sounds like an effective way to raise donation funds for next trip.
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Bob Carnie Gerry I can help find a space in Toronto to show work, and maybe crowd fund at the same time as Kumaran points out.
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Gerry Yaum Really Bob, that would be truly wonderful!! Thank you, I am not sure I understand crowd funding, need to research it.
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Gerry Yaum Coming back to my room I felt rather exhausted from the dump tonight, 5 nights in a row...but then come home to wonderful messages from you Bob and before Kumaran that rejuvenate me. Thank you both. Also just found out there is a bunch of goods being donated by local Thais, stuffed toys, kitchen stuff etc. Feeling pretty good right now.
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Bob Carnie I think we could aim for the Toronto Contact Photo Festival 2019, along side a crowd raising benefit show. When you get back to Canada we can talk. Keep doing the great work Gerry.
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Gerry Yaum Sounds wonderful Bob, helping the families and being part of Contact (always wanted to do that)....a great combo....thanks so much, will CONTACT you to talk about it on my return to Canada mid April.

Night 5 Photos

Tonight was my 5th night in a row, am spent, need to take a day off tomorrow. Maybe I can do some large format 8x10 photography for fun or spend the day playing on the computer, watching YouTube and editing pictures.

Tall girl with others in the dump
Mother posing with beautiful daughter.
Child staring into camera at the dump
Brother and sister sleeping in the dump
Garbage truck backs up
Mother watches over sleeping children
Shadowed figures
Pregnant bride with her 2 children
Workers from above
Beautiful woman

Photo Story: Accidental Self Portrait

from Facebook...

This is a bit of a goofy shot. I was making photos of the dump structure when unexpectedly I was lit from behind by a passing worker. This accident created a fun self portrait. Maybe I can use it when galleries, curators, exhibition folk ask for my portrait. I prefer to remain anonymous as possible, Yaum ain't even my real name, as some of you out there know. Yaum means SECURITY GUARD in the Thai language, my real life job.

Yaum self portrait in the dump

Photo Story: Girl With Lollipop

from Facebook...

Do not remember making this picture even thou it was only last night. When I first came to the dump this young child was with maybe a dozen or more that approached me for their Mama noodles or Solo (Lollipop sucker). Other children came later until I ran out of both Mama's and Lollipops. 

It is a bit of madness when I first show up, the pictures light source is a flashlight I am holding in my left hand while photographing with my right hand. Without the flashlight I usually only see multiple hands jutting up at me out of the dark with cries of " Gerry Mama!" :Gerry Solo!" Often the reaching hands are so low to the ground that I have to bend down to hand them their prize.

Girl with lollipop