Erewan Shrine, Bangkok
A photograph of the the dancers at the Erewan Shrine is a given for anyone visiting Bangkok and on this day every performance was photographed and videoed by crowds of locals and tourists. I took a few shots as well but my favourite was this one, taken of the women during a rare break in their performance. I liked the contrast of the fabulous costumes and the graceful dancing on the one hand, and on the other the ‘everydayness’ of their activities and posture in this moment. Visitors to the shrine pay for the women to dance and sing prayers to accompany the worshippers’ own prayers and offerings, and on a busy day the women get little chance to take a break.
Unknown Street, Tbilisi
This shot was taken in the back streets of Tbilisi near the Central Railway Station. I didn’t make a note of the location at the time and I’ve never been able to find it on a map again. I was initially drawn to the wall with the gate, both for the colours and the textures, but after framing a few shots from across the street I noticed this older man walking down the street in my direction. I was behind a line of cars so he didn’t see me or perhaps he did and didn’t care. I took a few shots as he walked through the frame and this was the best. I think this picture achieves a good balance between the background and foreground. The colours, textures and patterns of the wall retain their interest despite the presence of the walking man who, though relatively small in the frame, retains a strong visual presence. I like the way the tip of his right foot is just separated from the long shadow cast by the afternoon sun. I also like the way his dark clothes make him stand out against the light colour of the wall. And why is he wearing those clothes, apparently dressed for cold weather while the sun is shining?
Chinatown, Washington DC
Harrison Street, Pasay
Unknown Street, Tbilisi
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Central Railway Station, Bangkok
I spent a couple of hours wandering around Bangkok Railways Station taking photographs. No-one followed me around, no-one told me not to take photographs. It’s sad to think that there are fewer and fewer places like this in the world where photographers are, if not welcomed, at least accepted. Most of the platforms at the station are under a translucent canopy which does a wonderful job of softening the harsh light. I focused on the floor and waited for the cleaner to walk into the frame. It’s not perfect but I was quite pleased with the result.
Maha Bandula, Yangon
This picture always makes me hungry. I took it from an overhead pedestrian walkway on a busy junction in downtown Yangon. This is one of those rare images where I think I like everything about it. This entire feast, better by far than what is on offer in most restaurants, was prepared on the pavement by the side of a busy road.