Bangkok: Airplanes = Home

Bangkok: Airplanes = Home
International Photography Grant 2019

In a private field in a neighborhood just east of Bangkok, three impoverished Thai families have been living in disused jet airplanes for nearly two years. The families, who collect and recycle garbage, earning a few dollars a day, cannot afford to rent homes, and prefer to stay in the planes. Littered around them are the remains of airplanes that include a Boeing 747, an aviation graveyard left to rust and decay.

For two years Getty Images photographer Taylor Weidman documented the families as they collected trash and lived among everything, from oxygen masks to discarded toys and scraps.

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A Thai man climbs down from his home in a disused jet airplane on Sept. 12, 2015 in Bangkok. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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A young Thai woman sits under a picture of Thailand’s king Bhumibol Adulyadej in her home. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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A Thai woman returns to her home after washing. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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The cockpit of a disused airplane sits in a field. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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A young Thai boy plays outside his home. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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A young man brings goods into his home. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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The interior of a disused jet airplane. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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A Thai man fans himself with a piece of plastic while listening to a battery-powered radio. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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Disused airplanes are stored in a field on Sept. 12, 2015. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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Oxygen masks are strewn across the floor of a disused jet airplane. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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A Thai man walks toward his home in an airplane section. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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An elderly Thai woman sits in her room. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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A Thai woman and her young son examine watches to see if they can be resold. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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A collection of toys which were thrown away by their original owners have been scavenged and displayed. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

via: washingtonpost.com

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International Photography Grant 2019