• Kaisern Chen

Cycle of Life

Updated: 14 hours ago

This image blog inspired by a great friend of mine, the Master Photographer Ko Sichi, dated back more than 20 years ago during a trip to Chiangmai, Thailand, where we stayed overnight at a lovely Thai wooden house in a rose farm belonged to a friend of mine, Jo.


Ko was with his wife, Jessie Fan, a renowned dancer, a cheerful character, and traveling with the couple has every minute filled with Ko's stories and his pursuit of photography with people I could only know by their name on books. Conversations with Ko on photography are all about concepts, philosophy, and passion.


The morning of a rose farm is beautiful; beads of dew on rose petals reflect the light from the rising sun, and in no time, we found ourselves with the camera started taking pictures. It was when the exposed images stored inside the film catridge, and your curiosity hung in suspense before the development.


I was an avid Contax RTS III user back then with an extensive range of Carl Zeiss AE and MM lenses for the system - I have the best camera and lenses, full of confidence until about a week later compared my transparencies with Ko's. It was a shocking experience yet a great revelation to find out that all my slides are one after another correctly exposed, sharp, and colorful roses while Ko's roses are withered, tainted, and incomplete. Mine was ordinary, if not boring, and Ko's unexpected, mesmerizing and extraordinary!


Ko passed away earlier this year, June 2020 but lived in my mind with those unforgettable moments and masterful images he created. The idea of developing this series of images, "Cycle of Life," did not come to mind until a rather casual visit to a local park a few days ago with a respected Thai friend, Chusak Voraphitak, the park with the water lily ponds, that reminded me the moments with Ko.


In memory of Ko Sichi ( 1929 - 2020 )

After dinner, at Ko's Tamsui Home Studio, New Taipei City, Taiwan May 13, 2015



"Death is the start of a beginning, life is the start of the end, and the cycle continues forever."

~ Tim I. Gurung, Afterlife




Cycle of Life #20-258 December 9, 2020 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #20-310 December 9, 2020 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #20-078 December 14, 2020 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #20-011 December 15, 2020 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #20-030 December 17, 2020 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #20-205 December 17, 2020 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #20-073 December 25, 2020 Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-321 December 26, 2020 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-231 January 7, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-177 January 7, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-2612 January 11, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-726 January 12, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-845 January 12, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-938 January 13, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-953 January 13, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand


"If there were no beginnings and if there were no endings, we would have the absence of inertia and the presence of stagnation."


~ Craig D. Lounsbrough


Cycle of Life #21-1010 January 14, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-1147 January 15, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Cycle of Life #21-1380 January 15, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand