About - Dax Ward
at the Oscar Theater, <br />
Makkasan, Ratchathewi  District, Bangkok

I've been photographing abandoned places since 2016 & have documented over 30 locations in Thailand.  I'm fascinated with the history of places that were once important components of local communities, but now lay derelict & forgotten to history.  I take pictures with the intention of cataloging a time, a place, and an economic or social reality. I attempt to gain a sense of the tapped-out usefulness of an institution and a peek into it's uncertain future.  Amongst the chaos is a beautiful order waiting to be discovered.


Originally from the US, I've been living, working and traveling in Asia since 2003, where I'm a Technology teacher & part-time photographer. Since 2007, I've lived in the culturally vibrant and beautifully chaotic city that is Bangkok, Thailand. The Big Mango provides endless subject matter for photos, with every moment providing something interesting and unique to capture. My heart is in street shooting, but these days I'm heavily involved in the urban exploration genre, seeking out and capturing the eerie beauty of abandoned, decaying, or unusual structures and sites around Thailand.

Contact for press or hiring enquiries.

I DO NOT share locations.  However,  I do give guided tours to a few locations on the outskirts of Bangkok & in Pattaya. Contact for details.

I have experience in photogrammetry shoots as I had the opportunity to work with some awesome game developers (from Blue Hole/PUBG) as a local guide & photographer, using both my DSLR & drone to capture assets to be used in game maps.  Enquiries welcome.

I've also taken game designers from an independent development studio on tours of abandoned & other locations to do conceptual research for upcoming games. 

International Press Features

CNN Style (article)- photo Gallery on CNN Style

Yahoo Australia (Castle Mall & Water Park) & MSN

MSN (Sak Yant Tattoo Festival)

Daily Mail , LADbible(Chernobyl Exclusion Zone/Pripyat), Daily StarABC Ciencia (Spain), Observador (Portugal), MSN

aPhotoEditor.com (The Art of the Personal Project: Dax Ward)

The Phoblographer (conceptual writing & interview)

Daily Mail, Mirror UKMixmag, Messy Nessy Chic,  Manify.nl (Dutch) & the Lad Bible (Batman Nightclub)

Bluewin  Swiss-German  (Castle Mall)

Nine.com.au (Ghost Tower)

Daily Mail (Chinese Opera documentary)

May 2018 'Abandonia' Exhibition- - interview featured in Coconuts Bangkok & features by BK Magazine, Khaosod English, and the Bangkok Post

July 2018 'Abandonia' Exhibition -  Bangkok Post Guru (print feature & website story)

the Telegraph (photos of the day)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds game map work (PUBG photogrammetry photography)

Daily Mail and Nine.com.au(Abandoned Gangster Hotels/Brothel)

Nine.com.au (Abandoned Mountain Resort)

Daily Mail (Abandoned Mansions in a  Bangkok suburb)

Nine.com.au (Abandoned Apartments)

The Guardian - ('photo of the day' - Abandoned Dolphin Bay Beach Mansion)

Nine.com.au(Abandoned Dolphin Bay Beach Mansion)

Daily Mail, The Weather Channel, and MSN(Abandoned Dinosaur Park)

Thepaper.cn (Interview & work profile, in Mandarin Chinese)

Bluewin Italian,Bluewin German, & French (Abandoned Dinosaur Park)

Nine.com.au(Abandoned Prison)

Atlas Obscura (self-written pictorial)

Daily Mail(Abandoned Orphanage)

Daily Mail (the Petch Siam Theater)

Bluewin French & Italian (antique junkyard)

Bangkok 101 (print magazine)

Lodown Magazine (print magazine)

the Mirror UK and the Daily Mail (the abandoned sanatorium)

Unilad (the abandoned art gallery)

Litro Magazine UK (print magazine, cover feature & photo essay)

Blikk.hu (Train Graveyard)

Bluewin (Swiss German) (Abandoned Fish Shopping Mall)

Bluewin (Swiss French) (Abandoned Grand Ayudhyaha Hotel in Bangkok)
The Daily Express (Haunted Junkyard)

Stuff New Zealand (Abandoned train cars)

Stuff New Zealand(Abandoned Pier-Temple)

Blesk.cz (Abandoned Fish Shopping Mall in Czech)

Coconuts Bangkok

China Daily (Airplane Graveyard)

I also have several other stories available from my syndicators:

The Abandoned Dolphin Bay Mansion

The Dugan-Stuart 'gangster hotel'

The Abandoned Fish Mall

The Abandoned Baseball Stadium

The Abandoned I.C.E. Tower

The Bangkok Train Cemetery

The Abandoned Paris Theater in Bangkok

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