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 !
*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!
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Pro 400H
Walking the streets of Yaowarat towards the middle of the afternoon definitely felt like the calm before the storm. The streets were quiet, street food vendors were smiling and not very busy. A few hours later, once the sun set, it was an entirely different story with crowds of locals and tourists alike sampling the wares (although which tourist in his right mind would want to try durian, I’m not sure…)
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.
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!
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!