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.
*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!
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.
*Red and Gold Flower*
A few weeks back, I went to Ping Shan with my daughter’s class. The Hong Kong government has recently come to the realisation that it was attracting a certain kind of tourists with shopping malls and luxury hotels, but not another kind more interested in history and culture. So they opened the Ping Shan heritage trail, a string of old buildings and temples in the town of Ping Shan just by the border. I’m not sure it’ll be much of a tourist attraction, but I found it really interesting. In the last temple we visited were these paper flowers that I found quite striking…
A few weeks ago I went along a school trip my daughter’s class was taking to the Ping Shan heritage trail. It’s a string of old buildings and temples in the middle of a town just by the Chinese border. In one of the shrines was this icon of Kam Fa, the Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers and I really liked the multitude of kids in front of the mother figure.
I hadn’t been to Amsterdam in a long time and if I’m honest I never managed to take shots of the city center I was truly happy with. Of course the weather was lousy, otherwise it’s no fun. Still, I suppose that’s Amsterdam too (I finally understood why Dutch men always wear a T-shirt under their shirt…) One of the big challenges in shooting the canals is that even with a wide angle there are only a few places where you’ll have enough space to properly shoot. I’m quite happy with this one. It was super windy, so the (light) x100f swayed even low on the ground, which means out of six shots this is the only one that’s sharp!
Despite its modernity, Hong Kong still shows many sights that you would rather expect in a less cosmopolitan city. Singapore is sanitized, mainland China is often backwards, Hong Kong sits somewhere in between and I love that.
Headphones, mask and mobile phone : all of the Chinese ingredients to a safe isolated life.
Not far from the shared office space I occasionally use is a street with several garages. But Hong Kong being Hong Kong, there’s no space for a yard or even inside shop, so the cars are fixed in the street. But it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a model like this. To be honest I have no idea what that mini-car is, I just thing it’s well suited to the narrow streets of HK !