So we got to this village in Ban Ta Klan tonight and I was walking around with the camera, frustrated that I couldn’t get a good photo of the elephants cause it was too dark, when a Mahout approached me to peak through my viewfinder and although we didn’t speak each other’s language, we had the most amazing conversation. To simplify what the Mahouts are I’ll leave here a quote from him when I asked him what is it that he does for a living and how is his relationship with these animals: “We inherit this relationship, from our families, from our grandfathers. Everyday I take care of him like a child, like a brother, as a close relative, we live the same life” ♥️🐘 at 6am we’ll meet again as he told me to come with him to see the sunrise by the lake as they feed the elephants.
Shout out to @googletranslator for helping us understand each other. 📷 @lesliehassler