I am not really a travel photographer and very often don’t even bring a camera along. I am glad I did in Bangkok – the whole city just makes you want to photograph, amazing colors, amazing light, beautiful people and sceneries. I was going to Bangkok for my job and fortunately we had some time before and after the event to see something of the city …most of the times you travel somewhere and see nothing but the Hotel, the meeting place and the Airport.
We arrived early Sunday morning, heavily jet-lagged and dead-tired, with the option to either go to bed (and miss most of the day) or head into the city for some sight seeing. We choose the latter and took the metro and a tuk tuk to the river from where we explored some sites along the river… the temperatures were around 35C (95 F) – coming from the European winter that is quite something.
Later the afternoon we got back to the Hotel, enjoyed the pool and headed out into the local neighborhood for dinner – it became quite obvious in what kind of area our hotel was located in. Girls were offering “massages” at every corner and were quite loudly approaching you “indicating” their “interest” in you… the bars and restaurants were filled with old white ugly men surrounded by much younger thai girls. Call me old-fashioned or moralistic, but I found this to be a very disgusting sight…. from there on the week was dominated by work and I did not manage to see much more of Bangkok.
At the end of the week our event stopped at lunch time and we decided to head out again for a boat trip on the channels… some of us went back to the pool afterwards – together with a colleague I opted to just stroll around the city for some time instead… and this was fantastic. We walked around from late afternoon until the evening through old parts of the city not hit by tourism. I cannot even put into words how pleasant this was, lots of small markets, tiny streets, people everywhere, the colors, the light, pure magic… the locals are such wonderful, beautiful, kind and friendly people, it’s a pure joy ….and such a difference to the area that is plagued by “tourism”.
I took the Plaubel Makina 67 with some Kodak Portra 400. I shot 4 rolls (40 pictures) of which you see 30 here. I am quite happy about my discipline not wasting too many shots and I am quite happy about shooting people on the streets… but I am still hesitating too much, I saw so many great images I did not get because I was too slow or hesitating… :-/