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Sunday Spotlight: Taxis of Southeast Asia

Sunday Spotlight: Taxis of Southeast Asia

Welcome to our Sunday Spotlight feature in which one of our favorite travel bloggers shares five photos from one of their favorite travel destination. If you want to participate in a future Sunday Spotlight, please contact us.

Author Bio: Adventures of a GoodMan is an answer to the age-old question: I traveled, now what?! Through vibrant photography, storytelling and multimedia, Greg Goodman invites you to join him on a virtual trip around the world. Follow along on his Website, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr for all the latest adventures.

Regardless of where we are in the world, the easiest way to get from here to there is often hailing a cab. What I find fascinating is just how different that simple act can look.

In India and SouthEast Asia alone, there are dozens of different types of taxis. My travels through the region have left me with a large photographic collection of tuk tuks, rickshaws, songthaws, cyclos, motos and more.

Together, they painted a picture of a global need; but how could I present them in a fun way…? That’s where the Symmetry Project came in.

Taksi explores the commonalities between for-hire vehicles in India and SouthEast Asia. It is comprised of 17 different photographs, arranged on a digital canvas. Below are five of my favorites.

Laos Taxi

Tuk tuk drivers often wait around for hours before finding a fare, like this man in Luang Prabang, Laos. I think it’s wonderful how the drivers make their vehicles into a second home.

Sri Lanka Tuk Tuk

Near the Colombo Airport in Sri Lanka, tuk tuk drivers line up to wait for passengers. I’m drawn in by the calmness of a rainbow of rickshaws:  calm before the storm that begins when a potential fare approaches.

New Delhi India Rickshaw

This is the view from my seat in a New Delhi bicycle rickshaw on my first day in India. I love how you can see four total types of transportation on the road.

Thailand Taxi

Across Southeast Asia, the back beds of trucks are converted into for-hire transportation. This photograph was taken in the mountainous region above Chiang Mai, Thailand, after I had to help push the truck out of the mud.

Destroyed Tuk Tuk in India

In India, destroyed tuk tuks are often left on the side of the road to slowly decompose, be gutted for parts, and become fodder for my photography.

What is the Symmetry Project?

In addition to being my life’s work, the Symmetry Project is a graphical interpretation of how our every-day lives are mirrored around the globe.

Traveling around the world has helped me realize that all people have the same core needs and responsibilities. They only look different the further I get from home.

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