I am not sure who took these pictures to be honest. When I travel my camera goes everywhere with me and I usually would just put on my Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 along with my Panasonic G3 and throw on my sling camera strap and off I would go to my favorite watering hole where as I like to call her, my ??????? (nong sow)/sister in English) Nan works. Nan in her mind is a budding photographer so she would take my camera and wander around the bar and snap pictures. This is why I am not sure who took these pictures of the lovely Da. I shared the images with Da first who agreed to let me share them with the rest of you.
I took the pictures. I can see my reflection in Da’s sunglasses.
There is always someone selling you something in Thailand. If you need food you only have to walk a few meters to find a food cart. You need sunglasses, DVDs, souvenirs, watches, pretty much anything you want will eventually be brought before you. The prices start at the absurd and can be easily bargained down to reasonable. If you speak Thai enough to negotiate you can walk away with some deals if you don’t mind that the quality isn’t going to be up to most standards. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. The only time this doesn’t apply is to street food which is fantastic. Just watch the Thais line up for the food carts and you know which ones are good and which ones to avoid. If you can’t speak Thai just point to what you want but most carts only offer one dish so no big deal. You pay 30 to 40 baht for a meal, or $1 to $1.20.
Weather was not permitting to go out so I took some time to go through some old photos I have. I have been going to Thailand at least twice a year for the last few years and have been going there at least once a year since 2008 and have accumulated a ton of pictures. These are some from the era when I just pointed a camera in the general direction of something I found interesting and pushed the shutter button. All of them were shot on a Canon XSi and either a Canon 50mm 1.8 (later sold) or a Tamron 18-200 3.5-6.3 which is a fantastic all-purpose lens for travel photos (not so much street).
I could not think of a way to describe these photos then I saw this quote online:
“A photograph isn’t necessarily a lie, but nor is it the truth. It’s more of a fleeting, subjective impression. What I most like about photography is the moment that you can’t anticipate: you have to be constantly watching for it, ready to welcome the unexpected.” – Martine Franck
I went to the market earlier this morning and realized I had forgotten some medicine that I needed. I had a choice of jumping into the car or walking to the market and picking up what I needed. I opted for the walk which is a bit of a giveaway considering what I titled the post. These were all shot on a Panasonic G3 using either a Yashica 50mm 1.9 or a Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4. I put the photo nerd info in each of the captions if you are inclined to know my methodology (point camera and push shutter). I did crop them all as a medium format style crop. One of these days after I finish playing with 35mm film I’ll score a cheap medium format film camera or maybe a medium format with a digital back will fall to me at less than $1000 (one can dream) but I do like the medium format look. It gives the pictures that certain something that is missing. I realize I should be staying consistent with my style and I am with the plug-in but I’m still finding “my style” so that means playing around a bit.