I don’t know who this man is but he seemed to be the chief among the mediums at the Jinjang Temple. He can speak Thai and Hokkien. He reminded the RELA and temple security personnel that photographers must be given close access.
For that, I reward him with an intimate portrait which I hope to present him later as a print. He is probably a former ‘taikor’ (chieftain of the gangs).
I know some of you feel squeamish about the violent but voluntary rituals. Conversion to black and white hides the blood.
Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 2500, f4, 1/80 sec.