Passion & Identity

Jitti's Gym, Bangkok 1999 | David Savage

Passion & Identity

Jitti’s Gym Bangkok | 1999 | Photo-Essay, David Savage

In Bangkok there’s a web of backstreets to wander along and be led through by the camera. This is where I came across Jitti’s Gym, a Thai Boxing gym where I found European and North American fighters training alongside locals. It’s a typical hot and humid day in the city, and inside the gym the smell of sweat and the thud of kicks in darkened spaces plays out. Looking at the tattered equipment, hundreds of fighters have trained here over many years keeping a tradition alive that’s embedded in Thailand’s national identity, a passion that has spread throughout the world.

Images & Insights

Welcome. I’m combining images and insight to explore themes on leadership, give it a real context and illustrate how it’s expressed in many different ways in everyday life. Some posts are simply thought provokers, whilst others deep-dive with a big question and a touch of brain-science.

Camera to Coach

Prior to becoming a Leadership Specialist over a decade ago, I was a photographer. I travelled with my camera and met people living in very different worlds to our own. It taught me that there are many different faces of leadership, and it taught me to keep-it-real in the training room and place people’s own life experience at the centre of their learning.

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