Sunny Portraits That Capture the Innocent Side of an Infamous Thailand Beach Resort

The colorful, candid, and sometimes very personal portraits of Larry Hallegua’s 'Beach Matters' show families and people from all cultures soaking up the sun.

Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer, but we’re really feeling the beach vibes in Bangkok-based photographer Larry Hallegua’s portraits, first spotted on Booooooom. Captured at the Pattaya beach resort, which is “well known for its nighttime sex industry,” Hallegua reveals the resort’s more innocent side during the daytime. The colorful, candid, and sometimes very personal portraits of Hallegua’s Beach Matters show families and people from all cultures soaking up the sun. Some of Hallegua’s subjects are aware they’re being observed, while others are immersed in the seascape around them. Take a closer look at Hallegua’s street photography-style beach scenes in our gallery.