From the Archives: the original D/DN bio image

To celebrate ten years of blogging (!) I’m introducing a new feature on this site. Amnesia Lane is a fortnightly post featuring words, images and/or sounds from the D/DN archives, with an emphasis on items never read, seen or heard before by the discerning public.

Exhibit A: this rare promotional shot.

This image, which was taken in 1999 by Rachael Antony aboard a cramped wooden boat travelling down the Mekong River, was kindly doctored by a friend who looks remarkably like Kevin Bacon, and who had assisted me in the making of some business cards in 2005. While this version of the Davey Dreamnation business card never did manage to find its way into the hands of a single Korean salaryman, its spirit lives on today. Extra points if you noticed the headphones. And the earring.

I was inspired to dig this shot out after an online exchange with Ryan Paine, who very kindly posted a link to my poem ‘mountains of pai‘ on his blog – a poem which, along with the rest of my chapbook The Happy Farang, I wrote while on the trip where this photo was taken.

Despite the fact that poor old Bingo seems to have no idea what the poem is about, it’s nice to take a trip down Amnesia Lane, back to the days when Pai was just a quiet little town where blues bands belted out covers of “Hey Joe’ without irony.

The Happy Farang: Contents

the happy farang
monk-lovers
bangkok: city of angles
thomas pynchon & the art of anonymity maintenence
cities on the move
tuk-tuk
the postman of kowloon
non-touristic trek
the chao le
takraw monkey
oh blossom
mountains of pai
mr tui
emaciated buddha
the boys on thanon lim khong
low season, last days
the kip & how to carry it
under the pavement, laos
a photographer’s wet dream
cock & football
visit laos year
tintin & the plain of jars
the gums of vientiane