Bangkok B&W

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.