People-watching is one of my favourite activities. Every time I visit a new place, I spend a lot of time observing people. I prefer open public areas like markets and streets to do so.
Contrary to popular belief about introverts that they don’t like people, I do adore people. While trying to find my true passion as I learn photography, I have learned that I connect with people more than I could have ever imagined. I am not much of a talker but I observe a lot. I try to understand people’s body language and their behaviour by observing them. Sometimes this observation turns into a conversation and I try to listen to their stories.
After I finish my visit to a new place, I publish an article on my blog and a post on my Instagram profile dedicated to the people of that place. It’s my way of thanking locals for their support, their love, their hospitality. Previously, I did a series called ‘Faces of Bhutan’ which was dedicated to the people of Bhutan.
The two-part series called ‘A Photographic Journey Through Bangkok’ is one such series dedicated to the lovely people of Bangkok. The first part of this series was published a few days ago and it’s time for the second and final part.
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1. The Street Food Heaven
Would it be an exaggeration to call Bangkok the ‘street food heaven?’ I don’t think so. The capital of Thailand has so many mouthwatering offerings that you would never get tired of eating.
2. The Old Customs House
The abandoned building of Old Customs House. Designed by the Italian architect Joachim Grassi, Old Customs House was built in 1888. Sitting on the banks of Chao Phraya River, this historic building is awaiting its renovation for a long time.
3. Killing the Time on Phone
A driver is using his phone as he waits in his vehicle parked in the Saphan Taksin area.
4. Following the Rituals
A young girl is reading some text from a paper. After she finishes reading the text, she is about to drop a snake from a bucket into the water. I don’t know the story behind this particular ritual but snakes hold an important role in Thai culture. It’s considered lucky if a snake appears in your dream or pays your house a visit.
5. The Camera-loving Ladyboy
A ladyboy strikes a pose with a man at Soi cowboy red light district. I visited three of Bangkok’s largest red light districts aka ‘adult entertainment zones’ – namely Patpong, Soi Cowboy, and Nana Plaza for photography. More photos can be seen in my article – Exploring 3 of Bangkok’s Largest ‘Adult Entertainment Zones.
6. What Are They Talking About?
Three Thai ladies engaged in a conversation outside a shopping mall.
7. The Tattoo-man
A portrait of Maitree outside his tattoo studio called Maitree Tattoo at New Rot Fai night market. “The cost of getting a tattoo here in Bangkok is cheaper than in many countries,” Maitree tells me. “People from around the world come here to get inked at a comparatively low price.”
8. A Man and His Courage
A handicapped old man photographed selling small items near Chatuchak weekend market.
9. Looking for Visitors
A group of young girls standing outside a ‘go-go bar’ in Soi Cowboy red light district to attract visitors. Girls and ladyboys working at these bars try to convince you to enter their bar and enjoy their ‘shows.’ They might pull you, make obscene gestures, or touch you in a strategic way to attract you.
10. Cheerful Locals
A cheerful group of young Thai locals poses for a photograph late at night. We told them that we wanted to test our new lens and we would love to click their photos. They agreed and gave us a lovely picture to click. Thank you, folks!
A Photographic Journey Through Bangkok: Summary
Alright, folks! This was a small collection of some of my favourite travel photos from Bangkok. I’d like to thank the people of Bangkok for all their love. I have some beautiful memories of my trip and I can’t wait to visit again.
Until we meet next. This was Parvez and you were reading the second part of A Photographic Journey Through Bangkok. The first part of this series is available here.
I’d love some critical feedback from you. What do you think about these photographs? How do I improve? Would you suggest me some ideas? Do let me know your thoughts!