The Taxi Stand
One of the last shots taken on my last trip to #kyoto🇯🇵. Taken outside #kyotostation late evening the #taxidriver#queu waiting for the next fair. Unlike many cities around the world, discipline and order come first and you "must" take the taxi at the front not the closest taxi to you!
Pink & Green
As I was wrapping up my shoot around #pakklongtalad I spotted this #streetvendor pushing her #kart along #chakphetrd to set up for the overnight rush. With no natural lighting and me stubbornly refusing to use flash or bump the ISO I was left relaying on reflected streetlight.
We Are The Kop!
One of the best things of wandering the streets, is often not what you expect to find but what you don't! I passed this #scooter and it's rider on #maharat Rd that runs parallel to #thegrandpalace
On October 13th 2016 the death of #thailands#kingbhumibol was announced, aged 88. #bhumiboladulyadej is a revered figure in #thailand who during his 70 year #reign helped unify the nation & see him become the worlds longest-reigning living #monarch.
Love of the #monarch in #thailand is genuinely felt. Prior to his passing, hundreds of people had gathered at Bangkoks #siriraj#hospital and as the #sun began to set these crowds predominantly dressed in #pink & #yellow swelled into the #thousands. Unsure where else to go to seek comfort many had simply chose to be as close to their #king as possible.
At around 7pm the devastating news came & songs of "long live the king" gave way to devastated wailing and crying. Crowds stretched out to anyone stood near in order to hold someone, anyone in a long embrace of comfort, others started blankly into their phones refusing to believe what they heard!
7 months on and the country is still in a period of mourning that will be witnessed for a further 5 months.
I am unsure what had these two women so intrigued, but there facial expressions were perfect!
Sometimes it's good to stand still! While photographing it is often tempting to keep moving, keep looking and to try and search out that "decisive moment"! But sometimes, when you have found a great locations it's good to "stop" and let the moments come to you. I tried this approach several times around China town, stop, find a corner and let the world pass you by. Sometimes you get nothing, followed by nothing & a big helping of nothing, other times you get a shot like this
Rong Kuak Shrine
One of the best things about getting lost in a city, is finding yourself alone & enjoying a private viewing of something uniquely wonderful!
Rong Kuak Shirine on the banks of the Chao Phiraya river is and example of one such find. Leaving the tourists far behind I had wandered down a series of narrower and narrower paths along the river until I walked into what looked like a covered car park. Off this nondescript building was this old Chinese Shrine, no queues, no hawkers, yet as wonderful as any other & I was free to absorb the atmosphere alone in piece and solitude.
Hotel vs Slum
These houses have fascinated me since my first trip to Bangkok 20 years ago. Clinging to the side of the river bank in the face of unstoppably progression and modernisation, like some marginalised family member everyone wold prefer to ignore.
These stilt houses have everything going against them, poorly maintained, limited sanitation and contributor to flood damage (debris get caught in stilts and can back up) they are however to me part of the Bangkok I fell in love with many years ago. In the face of marching progression new riverside hotels and shopping centres far to expensive for the people who will be moved out, the numbers of this type of house are in decline & the river bank of then and now is unrecognisable!
Before this trip however I had only been able to see these buildings while passing up or down river by boat & never been so close on the river bank. This view was a surprise treat after getting totally lost in the back alleys and streets using the river as reference to my location!
While I understand this view will eventually change I'm glad I could enjoy it before it did 😁
Anyone who has visited Thailand will unboundedly come across the ubiquitous Tuk-Tuk and quite possibly found themselves in a tailor shop or gem store because of one & not entirely sure why!
Found in many countries around the world especially those with tropical and subtropical climates, it's easy to believe that the drivers simply live of the tourist income by shouting taaaxxiiiii at every foreigner that walks by. However while these little pocket rockets are certainly the centre of many travels tail (I have my own) they are perfectly suited for work in the narrow back alleys and side streets that make up Bangkok & the Japanese have been exporting these little three wheelers to Thailand since 1934!
I first visited #Bangkok 21 years ago as a wide eyed #teenager on my way out to #australia#backpacking. My first glimpse of #asia had me hooked and although it would be 18 years before I returned, I knew for certain I would! 3 years ago that promise to myself was kept and I was back, but the city that stood still in time in my mind was no longer the same! Just as I had it too had grown up, although it would be a stretch to say either of us has matured 😜
Over the past 3 years I have returned many times and slowly, but surely re discovered the city from my childhood!
Transport Two Ways
Traffic in Bangkok can be chaotic, but head down the side streets and things quieten down! Trucks give way to tuck-tuck, vans to scooters and cars to bikes. The side streets may be as packed as the Main Street rivals but life has different, more pleasant pace
Day away from the camera and having some work done on my back #tattoo @skinkandicustomtattoostudio in #sthelens ! Been a quick 18 months since I had the original #tiger piece done in #2015 so back today to have the background work done by @leeguy, been a good few hours sitting but made up with the result (photo not taken by me but of me for a change)
Wanting the streets of #chinatown#bangkok I came across this gentleman squatting by the side of the road, checking to make sure he wasn't in the middle of a call of nature I paused before taking the shot! Fortunately he wasn't but a strange stare of ensued between him and my camera. I clicked the shutter and walked on