Ricoh GR1 + Kodak T-Max 400
Ever since I started photography as a serious pursuit, I’ve been fascinated with doors. Not just any door, of course, but distinctive doors. If you go through this blog you will find many examples of doors, and the fascination continues. I can’t quite explain it. Anyway, here is the door to a Chinese style temple in Bangkok’s Yaowarat area. Even though it’s anything but canon, I like that my silhouette can be seen in the bottom part of the photo.
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.
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.
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.
*Loitering in Chinatown*
San Francisco’s Chinatown is a fascinating cultural blend that I never appreciated so much as I do now that I’ve lived in China. I pick references and spot things that I never paid attention to before. The veiled sunlight due to the California fires added a subdued atmosphere to the place, and this shot reminded me of Shanghai, but with more space around.