Melbourne By Night: Scenes From The Longest Lockdown

Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life.

Video of Scenes of Melbourne during Curfew during Covid.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A lone car is seen traveling during curfew along Alexandra Avenue on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A lone man outside a deserted Luna Park as curfew approaches on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A Lone man is seen crossing the deserted intersection of Swanston and Bourke Street on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view from the entrance of an empty Chintatown on little Bourke Street during curfew on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 09: A Lone commuter walks towards Southern Cross Station on September 09, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A lone food delivery rider is seen travelling along a deserted Swanston Street during curfew on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A deserted Queen Victoria Gardens is seen during curfew on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 09: A lone man walks down the usually busy laneway on Flinders Lane and Centre Place on September 09, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A deserted Alexandra Avenue near the Botanic Gardens on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view deserted space near the Palais Theatre and Luna Park as curfew approaches on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: A deserted Federation square during curfew on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 09: An empty scene on the walkway overlooking the Yarra River towards Flinders Street Station during curfew in the Southbank Precinct on September 09, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: An empty Hosier Lane is seen on September 10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne residents are currently experiencing some of the strictest and longest coronavirus lockdown measures in the world as Victoria continues to work to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 2 August 2020, people are only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. Originally scheduled to end on September 13, Melbourne’s tough stage four lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks after the Victorian government announced COVID-19 case numbers remained too high for a safe return to a more normal way of life. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

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Melbourne Rally In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter Movement

An estimated 10,000+ #BlackLivesMatters protestors took the street today in #Melbourne in an effort to bring further attention to the Indigenous deaths in custody, Racial profiling and the murder of George Floyd.

Australia has had 432 Indigenous deaths in police custody since 1991.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: A protestor holding a placards reading ‘Black Indigenous Lives matter’ on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: A general view of protestors with the clenched fists raised in front o Black Lives Matter street posters on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: A woman is seen wearing a face mask reading ‘More scared of A racist World than a Pandemic’ on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: Protestors holding Black Lives Matter placards as they listen to speeches on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: A protester holding face-masks and gloves as a sanitization station on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Events across Australia have been organised in solidarity with protests in the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: Protestors stand with clenched fists in solidarity on the steps of St Paul Cathedral on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: Protestors take a knee as they protest in Solidarity with clenched fists on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Events across Australia have been organised in solidarity with protests in the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: An Aboriginal man with a clenched fist stands before the crowd on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 06: A general view looking towards Flinders Street station as protestors listening to speeches as Night falls on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Words and Photos by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake 

Asanka Brendon Ratnayake is a photojournalist and travel photographer based in Melbourne Australia covering Australia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Follow him on instagram 

Covering Covid-19 in Melbourne Australia

Some of you may have come across my Photo Essay ‘Melbourne under Covid’

Since March 2019 I’ve been covering the Corona Virus crisis here in Melbourne Australia. If I look back the moment it felt like the impact of Covid-19 and its entrance into our lives started around the time of the Australian Grand Prix or more specifically the cancellation of it, any event I was covering up until it’s cancellation.

Melbourne, Australia - March 13 2020: A press conference from Chase Carey, Andrew Westacott, Michael Masi and Paul Little is held following the cancellation of due to Covid 19 the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix on the Friday 13th of March . Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Melbourne, Australia – March 13 2020: A press conference from Chase Carey, Andrew Westacott, Michael Masi and Paul Little is held following the cancellation of due to Covid 19 the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix on the Friday 13th of March . Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com

Since then I’ve documented the closure of businesses, empty streets that followed, innovations and people adapting to the new realities. With every new restriction added a new way of life needed to be introduced. Thankfully compared to the rest of the world the human toll and adverse health impact anticipated by Covid 19 never arrived. On the 15th of May, restrictions were eased in Melbourne.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Medical practioners conducting tests for Covid-19 at a drive through testing facility in a undercover carpark as cars are lined up with drivers awaiting to be tested at the Chadstone Shopping Center on April 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. COVID-19 testing is set to expand across Australia as the government looks to ease current lockdown restrictions. Asymptomatic or those with mild symptoms will also be tested to ensure there are no cases missed as Australian health authorities hope to keep confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the decline.   (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 30: Medical practioners conducting tests for Covid-19 at a drive through testing facility in a undercover carpark as cars are lined up with drivers awaiting to be tested at the Chadstone Shopping Center on April 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. COVID-19 testing is set to expand across Australia as the government looks to ease current lockdown restrictions. Asymptomatic or those with mild symptoms will also be tested to ensure there are no cases missed as Australian health authorities hope to keep confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the decline. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

As the the impact of the Corona Virus hits Melbourne and our lives change I’ll continue to document and archive the changes and update this Photo Essay, so stayed tuned.

You can view the original photo essay here

Asanka Brendon Ratnayake is a photojournalist and travel photographer based in Melbourne Australia covering Australia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Follow him on instagram 

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International Test Rugby Australia v France Game 2

Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Yaonn Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Yoann Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Nick Cummins and Yaonn Huget while challenging for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Nick Cummins (right) and Yoann Huget (left) both challenge for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

Mathieu Bastareaud of france tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mathieu Bastareaud of France tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Isreal Folau gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Isreal Folau of the Wallabies gets tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud of France during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

 

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Photo essay : Sunday afternoon Muay Thai

Two fighters pray before the fight starts during a Muay Thai at Chang 7
Two fighters pray before the fight starts during a Muay Thai at Chang 7

Im currently in Bangkok covering the ongoing political situation, yesterday was one of the rare days that i didn’t have anything to cover so i used the chance to document a Muay Thai fight.

I wasn’t too keen on shooting the actual fights rather the atmosphere, the touts & the bookies. Spectators, mainly local men pack themselves into this tiny room, it’s akin to a stock exchange with bookies making hand gestures signalling odds, collecting & handing out cash with the ensuing angry punter demanding he got given incorrect odds. Fighters are blessed and a brutal battle in the ring proceeds. As enthralling as the action is inside the ring it’s equally so on the perimeter.

A Muay Thai fighter or combatant gets talked to by his coach during a Muay Thai or Thai boxing fight at Chang 7
A Muay Thai fighter or combatant gets talked to by his coach during a Muay Thai or Thai boxing fight at Chang 7

A Muay Thai fighter or combatant gets his gloves strapped before a fight by his trainers during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
A Muay Thai fighter or combatant gets his gloves strapped before a fight by his trainers during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A Muay Thai fighter about to walk into the ring a fight with his trainers during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
A Muay Thai fighter about to walk into the ring with his trainer during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Spectators and Bookies reading the fight list during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
Spectators read the fight list while a boookie in the background signals odds for the current match during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

View of the ring during a Muay Thai at Chang 7
View of the ring during a Muay Thai at Chang 7

A spectator looks at a piece of paper with the draw card during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
A spectator looks at a piece of paper with the draw card with betting odds written on it during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Two Muay thai fighters on the ropes during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
Two Muay thai fighters on the ropes during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Spectators celebrate the victory of a fighter during his Muay thai bout at Chang 7
Spectators celebrate the victory of a fighter during his Muay thai bout at Chang 7

A fighter showing some nerves amongst the crowd before his fight during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
A fighter showing some nerves amongst the crowd before his fight during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A bookie holds onto a note pad with bets placed during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
A bookie holds onto a note pad with bets placed while standing next to a punter holding onto his cash during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Men who have placed bets on the fight count their winnings during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
Men who have placed bets on the fight count their winnings during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

 

Supporter crew of one of the combatants celebrate as their fighter makes contact his opponent during a Muay Thai  fight at Chang 7
Supporter crew of one of the combatants celebrate as their fighter makes contact his opponent during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A punter exchanges money with a bookie during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7
A punter exchanges money with a bookie during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

 


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Where?
This particular fight took place at the Ch7 tv studio, however don’t think you will be entering a fancy studio cause it isn’t, it’s basically a bare concrete building with some metal stands surrounding the ring.
How to get there?
Take the BTS to Mo Chit, walk on the opposite side of queen Sirikit park walk towards Ratchadaphisek Road & turn right at soi Ruam siri mit. It’s about 150meters down the road. It’s not the easiest place to get to but just ask a local for ‘chang 7’ or ‘shadow box’ and they should put you in the right direction
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How much & when?

Free…yes, Free Muay Thai in Bangkok!!

Every Sunday at 1pm

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Shutdown Bangkok, Restart Thailand

Normally the 2nd week of January sees me getting ready to cover the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam but a few days out from the tournament a change of plans meant I had a totally different assignment in Bangkok. Personally for me it was a welcome change, it had been some time since I last covered something in the field that wasn’t of the sporting variety.

‘Shutdown Bangkok, restart Thailand’ was the motto used by Anti Thai Government protestors from the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Protesters closed key intersections in Bangkok, as part of an effort to shut down the city and pressure prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban of the PDRC had setup Rally Stages at 20 major intersections to disrupt the work of government officials attempting to ‘Paralyse Bangkok’.
The rallies grew to include thousands of people at some points. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra responded by dissolving the House and declaring a state of Emergency on the 21st of January.

While for the most part protests were peaceful, at times it even had a festival feel to it with markets & entertainment, a state of emergency was declared due to increasing attacks at protest sites.These included grenade attacks and drive-by shootings.

On the 19th of January at the Victory Monument site, 28 people were wounded when two grenades were thrown.

Another grenade attack on a protest march on the 19th of January killed one man and reportedly injured 30.
Yingluck called a snap election for February 2 in an attempt to end the crisis that was prompted by a failed attempt in September to introduce an amnesty bill in parliament that would have allowed her brother Thaksin Shinawatra to return from exile without having to serve a two year jail sentence for corruption.

– Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Anti-Government protesters march in an attempt to shutdown the Government Savings Bank
Anti-Government protesters march in an attempt to shutdown the Government Savings Bank

An Anti-Thai Government protestor poses for a photo as a man walks past using his smart phone. The PDRC supporters have been actively using social media networks and smart phones as a method of communication throughout the Shutdown Bangkok protests.
An Anti-Thai Government protestor poses for a photo as a man walks past using his smart phone. The PDRC supporters have been actively using social media networks and smart phones as a method of communication throughout the Shutdown Bangkok protests.

An unarmed Army officer takes a photo of a office worker posing with an Army officer in front of Sandbags positioned at one of the Skyrail stations in Bangkok.
An unarmed Army officer takes a photo of a office worker posing with an Army officer in front of Sandbags positioned at one of the Skyrail stations in Bangkok.

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
Anti-Thai government protestors (PDRC) wave the Thai Flag at Victory Monument, one of the many protest sites spread throughout Bangkok.

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
Anti-Thai government protestors (PDRC) raise their arms in support during a rally at the Victory Monument.

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
A group of anti-government protestors in an abandoned apartment complex look out for a suspect whom threw an explosive device injuring 30 people during an anti-government street rally on January 17, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
An Anti-Government protester about to exit a window allegedly housing the suspect who threw an explosive device injuring 30 people during an anti-government street rally on January 17, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
Anti-Government protestors guard a door of the alledged suspect who threw an explosive device injuring 30 people during an anti-government street rally on January 17, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
A Anti-Government protestor makes a gesture to the crowd from the roof of the apartment of a suspect who threw an explosive device injuring 30 people during an anti-government street rally on January 17, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
Anti-Government protestors search a room for arms in a room that was housing the suspect whom threw an explosive device injuring 30 people during an anti-government street rally on January 17, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
An Army officer inspects the point of impact of a Grenade attack near the Victory Monument protest site.

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
An Anti-Government security guard holds up a ripped T-Shirt as a result of the grenade attack near a street side vendor in the vicinity of the Victory Monument rally site .The grenade attack reportedly injured 28 people at the protest site at the Victory Monument in Bangkok Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
Anti-Government protester security guards run in search for the attacker who used a grenade.The grenade attack reportedly injured 28 people at the protest site at the Victory Monument in Bangkok Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
A women makes a peace sign with her hands as she rides a truck driving towards the Government savings bank in an attempt to shutdown the Government Savings Bank in Bangkok Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
Anti-Government Protestors cheer and blow whistles at the Royal Thai Police Head quarters in response to an explosive device reportedly injuring as many as 30 people and killing one the previous day during an anti-government street rally in Bangkok, Thailand

Antigovernment Protesters Shut Down Bangkok
Anti-Government supporters lock arms at the front of the Government Savings Bank in an attempt to shut the bank down in Bangkok Thailand.

A full slideshow of the full photo essay can be viewed on my website by clicking the link below

http://abrfoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-slideshow/G0000_RzuVVvUPhw/C0000B5ovC3I8eXw?start=

Ashes : 5th Test Sydney Australia Vs England

The last Test of what has been a humiliating tour for the English, foolishly i booked my stay for 5 days…
For those curious Qantas charge $70 for a flight change.

General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading 'Whats your plan B' during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading ‘Whats your plan B’ during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake