Yaowarat Rd. in Bangkok is the heart of Chinatown, although it looks very, very Thai. At night there’s tons of street food to be found and amazing neon lights. Because it’s touristy, there are also a lot of tuk-tuks waiting for clients. I loved everything about the place.
Walking down Yaowarat Rd. at night I saw so many stalls with Michelin endorsements that it was downright suspicious. Don’t get me wrong, the food in question was very appetizing most of the time, but I somehow don’t think Michelin would award so many street food stalls. Or am I wrong?
*Don’t Mess With the Law!*
Canon A2 + Ilford FP4+
Looking back, I probably did not ever have a single roll as successful in terms of good / meh shot ratio than that single roll of FP4+ I shot in Dublin in June 2013. The weather was fantastic, and I spent a good amount of time walking around the Trinity College campus. One of the things that caught my eye was this copper talking what I assumed was the guard, framed by these two massive columns.
*Want a bite?*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 400
One of the wonders of street photography is that no matter where you are, if you are on the lookout there will be great opportunities. I was walking down a narrow street near Yaowarat in Bangkok when I saw this man eating something (no idea what it was.) The little kid walked forward and the man made him taste his meal. I couldn’t catch the kid’s face, obviously, but the man’s face was just fantastic.
*What you lookin’ at?*
This one was a clear case of waiting until the guy looked directly at me. Guess he didn’t look so pleased!
Ricoh GR1 + JCH 400
Tin Hau Temple is just down the road from me, and I walk through the temple grounds to go to the subway station. Usually, it’s the same old sights, but one Sunday a few weeks ago there was clearly a festival going on, with big papier mâché effigies and lots of decorations. And there were these five people chanting just by the temple entrance. I don’t know what the ceremony was and I certainly didn’t want to disturb them, but the robe struck me and I took a quick shot with my discreet Ricoh GR1. Colour film would have been better, probably, but there’s an « old China » feel to this one conveyed by black and white that I quite like nonetheless.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill 800T
My good friend Jules le Moal is keen to explore how seemingly failed photos can convey something powerful. I think it’s definitely the case with this one. The multiple lights tricked the sensor, auto-metering underexposed, and yet it completely transforms the scene into something a little scary. No longer is the guy with the hat a humble sweet seller, but rather a creepy butcher with a stained apron…
*Lost in Translation*
Ricoh GR1 + Kodak T-Max 400
Sai Kung really is a place apart in Hong Kong. There are lots of stores there that would not survive anywhere else in Hong Kong, selling organic wine, or bulk foods with no packaging. As I was walking past this butchery store, I was struck by this Chinese man trying to decipher a French poster detailing beef cuts.
As I was walking up and down Yaowarat Road in Bangkok looking for street food photo opportunities, I saw this guy frying noodles on an open flame. I stayed a while, trying to capture the moment he flipped the noodles in the air, but that didn’t work. Still, the backlighting from the flames was fantastic, and this is my final choice of a good shot from the scene.
*50 Baht Soup*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill 800T
Ever since I went on that night photowalk in Mong Kok and shot Cinestill 800T I’ve been exploring the possibilities of night street photography. While it’s technically constraining, it’s also amazingly rewarding. I was in Bangkok for a conference this week and decided to take my XPAN with me and load it with Cinestill for a night foray into the Chinatown street food market. Quite pleased with the results!