*Durian Cooler Chat*
I know I write a lot about the smell of Durian, but those who have never been subjected to its sickly sweet odour just cannot understand how much Durian stinks for us non Asians. So sitting on a bench in front of a durian stand to chat, that seems just insane to me!
Ricoh GR1 + Kodak T-Max 400
As I was wandering around the Bangkok Chinatown on this hot and sweaty day I stumbled on this building. I found the mural quite fantastic and so Thailand that I had to take a shot. Really pleased of how it came out.
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?
*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!
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.
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.
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.