Chinatown/Street Photography

Every image in this week’s column was captured with a point and shoot compact in automatic mode!  The New Fuji Finepix F200EXR.

Chinatown!  One of the busiest areas for both foot and vehicle traffic inside Bangkok!  It was a very hot April Tuesday as my two friends and I headed to Chinatown with the express purpose of seeing what we could do in the way of street photography and wringing out the new Fuji F200EXR.  I looked like a tourist with a small point and shoot compact complete with a wrist strap, and my friend looked like a serious stringer for a newspaper with his professional level DSLR.

Chinatown!  One of the busiest areas for both foot and vehicle traffic inside Bangkok!  It was a very hot April Tuesday as my two friends and I headed to Chinatown with the express purpose of seeing what we could do in the way of street photography and wringing out the new Fuji F200EXR.  I looked like a tourist with a small point and shoot compact complete with a wrist strap, and my friend looked like a serious stringer for a newspaper with his professional level DSLR.

As I expected when you show up with a large DSLR and attached lens people notice.  They tend to either smile and pose, or turn away.  Walking either ahead of behind my friend with a very small point and shoot compact I was hardly noticed unless I stuck the camera right in a person's face.

As I expected when you show up with a large DSLR and attached lens people notice.  They tend to either smile and pose, or turn away.  Walking either ahead of behind my friend with a very small point and shoot compact I was hardly noticed unless I stuck the camera right in a person's face.

Chinese architecture and signage is everywhere.

Chinese architecture and signage is everywhere.

The streets are lined with wall to wall people and it’s difficult to move, but there is no shortage of venders, beggars, and even soi dogs taking up what little space there is.  This lady was begging on the street and made for an interesting capture.  Notice the shape of her pupils which indicate an eye problem?

The streets are lined with wall to wall people and it’s difficult to move, but there is no shortage of venders, beggars, and even soi dogs taking up what little space there is.  This lady was begging on the street and made for an interesting capture.  Notice the shape of her pupils which indicate an eye problem?

Tuktuks spew our noxious fumes and contribute to both air and noise pollution.  This driver sitting in 40 C+ heat didn’t appear happy.

Tuktuks spew our noxious fumes and contribute to both air and noise pollution.  This driver sitting in 40 C+ heat didn’t appear happy.

An elderly lady tends to a local shrine which really adds color and character to the neighborhood.

An elderly lady tends to a local shrine which really adds color and character to the neighborhood.

The man above makes for a nice capture, but it’s really lacking in the “story” department.

The man above makes for a nice capture, but it’s really lacking in the “story” department.

Notice how including more of the environment shows much more of the story?  The man was a fruit vendor on a hot Chinatown street and he fell asleep in the sun.

Notice how including more of the environment shows much more of the story?  The man was a fruit vendor on a hot Chinatown street and he fell asleep in the sun.

The rest of the story was that he was none too pleased to open his eyes and find a farang taking a picture of him sleeping!

The rest of the story was that he was none too pleased to open his eyes and find a farang taking a picture of him sleeping!

Getting the camera low to the ground allows a different perspective of an elderly lady walking through a small soi market.

Getting the camera low to the ground allows a different perspective of an elderly lady walking through a small soi market.

Young girls tending to their kiosks are a common sight in Chinatown.  I liked this capture because it showed her reflecting on her kiosk and situation.

Young girls tending to their kiosks are a common sight in Chinatown.  I liked this capture because it showed her reflecting on her kiosk and situation.

Another low to the ground shot of a business woman pushing her new inventory to her store.

Another low to the ground shot of a business woman pushing her new inventory to her store.

This shot was interesting because it shows an older man with the job of pushing a food cart through the streets, while a younger man rides a motorsai as a delivery man.  In 20 years will he be pushing a food cart as well?

This shot was interesting because it shows an older man with the job of pushing a food cart through the streets, while a younger man rides a motorsai as a delivery man.  In 20 years will he be pushing a food cart as well?

In a land where the culture revolves around multitudes of beat up motorsai’s this colorful beauty caught my eye.

In a land where the culture revolves around multitudes of beat up motorsai’s this colorful beauty caught my eye.

This is so much more to Chinatown, it’s impossible to show the full flavor in just a few images.  It’s definitely worth a few hours of your time walking the streets and observing the people and their activities.

Look in the next section below for more Chinatown images.