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This Young Smoker - a member of the Black Lahu tribe in Northern Thailand - must have been not more than five or six years old.
He has four cigarettes on him, the fourth being tucked above his other ear.
And the interesting additional information is that he wanted to beat me after I took his photos. He had asked me for money, but because I did not have small change left, I turned him down.
He then threw stones at me and tried to beat me with a stick!
I thought to myself, this kid would probably grow up to become a drug warlord at the Golden Triangle along the Thai / Burmese border.
He would be old enough for that role today as this image was shot in 1983.
Of all my precious slides, this was in the worst condition - covered with blue blotches all over. See Smoking kid (before)
When my friend examined the slide under bright lights, he saw a colony of tiny multi-legged creatures, complete with eggs, carcasses and faeces!
Larry, took hours to help me restore this slide. And he liked it so much that he spent another two days to produce a painted version of it.
I am not sure if this magazine accepts photo paintings, but you can view it on my website, www.art-photograph-gallery.com
I proudly put it on the cover page :-)
In the story Restoring my terok precious slides.
Also by Richard Seah
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