The Prime Minister of Thailand

TFBO 2009

Originally uploaded by Ian Fuller

I got some good photos of rime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva at the Thailand Franchise and Business Opportunities show at BITEC, Bang-Na, Bangkok. I was fortunate to have an Exhibitor’s Badge so I was able to attend his opening speech.

It’s the first time I have been close enoigh to photograph a senior politician. When I lived in America I went to San Jose State University to see Governor Bill Clintom speak during his first run for the presidency. I could not get anywhere near because of the crowds and security. I have a long shot of his Bill’s forehead somewhere in the archives.

I like this shot because the PM seems a bit isolated and pensive. He gave a speech in perfect English (he was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and went to Oxford University).

He was surrounded by photographers throughout his visit. So much so that the invited audience could not see him. I am not used to competing for space so it was a new experience. I tended to defer to the professionals – they had deadlines to meet – but they were all polite. I don’t think a British Press pack would be so accomodating to an obvious outsider.

Indeed I was surpried I was permitted near him at all. No one checked my id or searched me. I would not have been allowed in the same zip code if President Obama came to town. The relative informality is one of the many things I like about Thailand.

I should have worn a Newcastle shirt – then I bet he’d have stopped to talk. We could have commiserated about their relegation from the Premier League. Ah well, next time.

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One Response to “The Prime Minister of Thailand”

  1. GB-in-TH Says:

    I wonder if people in the public eye like the PM wear stage makeup. His complexion looked too perfect.

    I remember having the same thought when I met John Young, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard many years ago. He was the famous (in the tech community) person I met. I recall Paul Ely, the then VP of Computer Systems and the company founders, “Bill & Dave” all seemed like real people, wrinkles and all.

    Maybe it isn’t makeup: perhaps he makes regular visits to a spa.

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