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Bangkok B&W

Posted date:  December 22, 2005

The bulk of RealThai will, of course, concern food, but taking advantage of the vague nature of the title of the blog, as well as the fact that I’m a photographer, I’d also like to showcase some of my photographs.

A few months ago I was inspired by the amazing photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson to get off my fat ass and take more photos in my free time. Rather than my usual shooting trips, which involve lugging a large bag and four heavy lenses, I decided to emulate this master of modern photojournalism and use the equivalent of just one 50mm “normal” lens. Monsieur Cartier-Bresson popularized this style of “street photography”, using a normal lens, being “…quick, quick, quick, quick,… Like an animal and a prey…” and choosing not to crop his photographs. And, as many of you might also be aware, he was always on the lookout to capture the “decisive moment”, and I figured all of these factors put together would help me improve my skills as a photographer. As you’ll see below, I’m certainly no Cartier-Bresson, but I hope that in the course of doing this my skills will improve.

My first walk was in the Silom area of Bangkok. The couple below are at a McDonald’s off of Silom. Warning: This can really happen to your head if you eat McDonald’s too much.

A Chinese-style vase a few blocks up the road.

A very Thai style gateway leading to a Buddhist temple off of Charoen Krung Road, which intersects with Silom along the Chao Phraya.

A statue of the current Thai king about to be inundated by an oncoming storm, Lumphini Park.

A quiet moment in Lumphini Park.

Curious clerks at a glasses shop along Silom.

2 Comments for Bangkok B&W

wonderful photos !

Thank you! I’ll be posting another B&W session soon, so stay tuned…


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