*Father & Son*
Spotmatic F + Ilford Pan F
My first film camera was a cheaply procured Spotmatic F. It had the advantage of using an M42 mount for which many good lenses could be had on the cheap. It was a good, sturdy camera and I’d like to shoot it again someday, when it comes out of storage. This, I think was the last roll I shot with it in Istanbul on a short business trip. I was then given a Canon A2 which has autofocus and autoexposure…
One of the fun sights in Yaowarat in Bangkok was watching people eat on the streets, seated on these tiny stools with tiny tables in front of them. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get high quality service as this photo demonstrates !
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?
*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!
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.
Canon A2 + Cinestill 800T
Shooting Cinestill 800T at night was truly an epiphany. I realised that you could, in fact, do some really cool and interesting night shots on film, despite the inherent constraints of not having a ton of ISO. The food vendors are always a favourite of mine.
To me (and probably to most other Europeans) it’s really funny to see, since early October and while it’s still 25-28 degrees outside, these staples of winter appear on the streets: sweet potatoes, chestnuts and what I believe to be quail eggs. I should try all three one day, just to compare with what we get in Europe, but there’s no way I’m eating that in this heat!