During a recent trip to Singapore, I had a chance to explore a bit of the Chinatown section of the city. I happened across an old gent who was sitting next to his motorcycle drawn food stand, which I studied for a moment before deciding to capture the shot you see here. I think he was a bit amused, as he noted to me may people had photographed his stand before, but no one had EVER taken a liking to his helmet. Anyway, here’s what it looked like.
One thing I find I do not do enough is “street photography”. That is, I don’t spend enough time carrying a camera around with me to document life going on around me wherever I happen to be at the moment. I’ve decided, in the last week or so, to do just that. More time exploring, and more time documenting some of what I see. I’ve also decided to do that with one camera and one lens only, for the time being, in hopes that I will not allow myself to be distracted by my gear. I also don’t shoot for black and white much, so I’ve been spending a few days trying to do more of that as well. ll of that said, let’s see how things go. Here is one I shot this morning while exploring some of the smaller “Sois” (small avenues/side streets) of downtown Bangkok.
In my last post here on the blog, I mentioned a recent visit to Elle Fashion Week here in Bangkok. Admittedly, it was my first visit to fashion show, prompted my my daughter’s interest in the fashion industry. What a fantastic experience. All the beautiful people were there, in all their splendor, making for some great photographic opportunities. Take this stunning model, for example. I can’t imagine what it take to maintain the physiques “required” in the industry to walk the cat walk, oh yeah the catwalk… as they do their little turn on the catwalk (think Right Said Fred). Anyway, I digress. Let me let the photo to do the talking instead!
While downtown in Bangkok to hangout at the Elle Thailand Fashion show with the family (great show, by the way), I spotted this dude in the midst of a model shoot. I grabbed this shot and showed it to him on the back of the camera, with him pretty surprised that a tiny camera could grab such a shot. That prompted a short discussion on why I had switched from a big Digital SLR to my svelte Sony A7r. Interestingly, after I promised to send him the final shot once processed, he had me pose with his model, a shot he sent me in exchange for the photo of him. He suggested I should come out to his next model shoot, which I might very well do. Should be fun foray into a genre of photography I have not yet explored as much as I would care to do.
One thing I find I don’t do enough of is to photograph more people, though I think I’ll be doing a lot more and more of that as I settle in to life in Thailand. The streets are full of such great characters, that it would be an absolute shame not to attempt to capture at least some of it. Take this fellow, for example. Not a care in the world, it seems. I want to imagine that he sleeps and dreams well. I was not too keen on waking him to find out though.