Ngiew - Chinese Opera

Chinese opera has deep roots in Thailand, home to one of the largest overseas Chinese communities in the world. The nomadic opera troupes, are often hired by Chinese shrines to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Performers raise their children, eat and sleep beneath the stage. It is the life behind the curtain that captivate me, more so then the performance itself.  

After following two Chinese opera troupes for 10 days back in 2015, I first published a serie of color photographs. This time I decided to make a serie in black and white, with focus on the characters, more then the eye-catching display of colourful costumes.   

This serie are shot at Seasim Shrine in Bangkok, and the Chao Por Lak Muang Shrine in Pak Nam.