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…
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!
Vishal, the owner of Camera Film Photo in Hong Kong says that for an effective street photo you should sometimes wait until your subject looks you straight in the eye. I don’t always have the guts to do it, but I have to say it makes for effective shots. I tried to apply as much of his approach as I dared on Yaowarat Road in Bangkok, taking plenty of photos of the street food market that you can find there every night.
Canal Grocery Store
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 500
There’s a whole parallel economy going on on the canals of Bangkok. More often than not it seems you’re not going to the grocery store, the grocery store is coming to you. But they’ve got to stock up somewhere…
Where the pigeons perch
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800
Throughout my canal excursion I found the houses fascinating, especially the ones on stilts. It’s hard to imagine that this is in the heart of a 6 million inhabitant metropolis. Not to mention the birds: they live there too!
Fishing by the temple
Fuji x-Pro2, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 320
When I booked my canal excursion in Bangkok it said nothing about a temple and yet alongside the canal sits Wat Wayrurachin, a 19th century Buddhist temple. As we were cruising along I noticed these boys fishing, and thought that was certainly worth a shot (I don’t think I’d eat fish from the canal waters, but then I can afford to, which is probably more than can be said for these kids…
Itinerant Souvenir Shop
Fuji X-Pro2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250
If tourists visit by boat, then naturally souvenir shops must be on boats as well. We met quite a few of those during our 30mn exploration of the canals.
Will the clothes dry?
Fuji X-Pro2, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250
I’m kind of fascinated with canal side living. We saw a lot of dingy habitat alongside the Mekong in Vietnam, and things are no different in Bangkok proper. You can’t help wonder about the hygiene and the humidity (in countries where humidity is a problem everywhere) and yet there’s something fascinating about this entirely different way of living to the one we’re used to in the west.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 3200
Last March I had to go to Bangkok for some work meetings. I had an afternoon free before work started in earnest so I decided to go boating alongside the canals. On my way to the boat I found this cop or security guard napping in a sidestreet. It was too good a photo opportunity to pass.