Color. Smells. Sights. People. Heat. Spice. As I look through these street photography images I am still slightly overwhelmed by all that I saw and did in three short days in Bangkok, Thailand. Are you singing (One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster) in your head yet? If not do yourself a favor and go look up the musical Chess.
I love street photography. I love these images, and I came home with about 4xs this many to weed through. So I guess I should probably apologize for my overshare here, but hey what is this blog for besides me oversharing? I can’t apologize. And I won’t because that is something that struck me about my first time in Thailand. The people there were unapologetic.
I won’t pretend to know everything or even a slice of anything about real Thai people or their deep long lasting culture. I can only speak to my impressions during my short time there, and I can only share what I saw. Even though I know I only scratched the surface of all Bangkok and especially Thailand has to offer. These images were actually almost exclusively made over my first two days there, by the third day I was overwhelmed and tired and barely lifted my camera to my eye.
Street photography in Bangkok leads to a lot of people looking straight into your lens. Where I live in Okinawa, Japan, people on the street tend to keep their eyes down more, and if they see you pointing a camera at them they generally try to turn away. In Bangkok it was the complete opposite. The Thai people I saw throughout my trip looked the camera straight in the eye or even performed for me. It was harder to get an illusive side or back of the head.
There is something startling as a street photographer to have someone looking right into your lens, and holding that gaze. It is rare. I also think it is part of why I love street photography, I am always on the search for those humans out there who will let me look into their eyes and see a piece of them. I hope you enjoy this peek into Bangkok, Thailand. Please comment below and let me know what you think.
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