I’m going to stay on the topic of street photography for a while longer because it’s something almost all visitors to the Kingdom shoot, even if they don’t realize it.  This week’s feature photograph was captured in Chinatown inside Bangkok and is significant because it represents symbolism in conjunction with street photography.  Let me tell you right now that I was not holding the camera when this image was captured!

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

I’m going to stay on the topic of street photography for a while longer because it’s something almost all visitors to the Kingdom shoot, even if they don’t realize it.  This week’s feature photograph was captured in Chinatown inside Bangkok and is significant because it represents symbolism in conjunction with street photography.  Let me tell you right now that I was not holding the camera when this image was captured!

After a hot (38 - 42C) 3 - 4 hours walking around Chinatown, a nice lunch, and a bit of a shopping spree with my companions we were in the car on the way home and I was driving.  The traffic was stop and go, horrible, and I was rolling down the window every once in a while when at a stop and trying to capture something interesting between the cars.  I’ve always maintained that “seeing” the shot is the greatest challenge in all types of photography and right off the front passenger side of the car I saw this shot and quickly handed the camera to my front seat passenger and said “please, get that shot for me!”

As the traffic started moving she snapped off a few shots and I didn’t think about it again until I was processing images later. We both were looking at the same scene, yet I think I saw something my passenger didn’t see.  She saw a young man in the back of a truck. 

I saw a young man in the back of the truck with the faint look of contempt on his face as he observed us in an obviously better station in life.  He appeared to be “trapped” in his station and the bars designed to protect the contents of the truck from theft symbolized prison bars keeping him trapped in his station.  Am I imagining this?  Look at his expression as he observes us, look at the bars.  Understand that the temperature was 42C at this point and he rides around all day in the back of a hot truck loading and unloading freight.  There just isn’t much hope for improvement of his situation considering this is Thailand.  If any government wants to succeed in Thailand they’ll need to do much better for their young workforce.

Sometimes a street image says exactly as it reads!  There is no mistaking this is a traditional massage establishment.

Sometimes a street image says exactly as it reads!  There is no mistaking this is a traditional massage establishment.