Regional History Museum / Nikon F2A, Nikkor AI-S 105mm f2.5, Kodak Ultramax 400
Tram, Iskar Street / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor AI 105mm f2.5, Kodak Ektar
Tram, Iskar Street / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor AI 85mm f2, Ilford HP5+
Mineral Springs / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 85mm f2 AI, Ilford HP5+
I had heard of the Paranaque Fish Port and market and seen photographs of it but never made it there myself until the 2016 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk when this was the venue for one of a dozen or more photowalks around Metro Manila. Local street photographer Joel Mataro was leading this one and he invited me to join. So at 6AM a group of around forty photographers descended on the good people of Paranaque.
Walking to the port though the streets of Paranaque took us past the city jail which is built right on the street front. Some of the inmates were gathered around the barred windows on the second floor just watching the world go by. I’m guessing they hadn’t seen too many ginger haired, pale skinned Irishmen in that particular neighbourhood and I did wonder what they made of me and our large group of camera toting locals.
Traders and buyers at the fish port itself displayed an admirable spirit of tolerance, given how many of us were poking cameras in their faces and generally getting in the way, remaining welcoming and willing to pose throughout our time there. At 6AM the market had already been open for a couple of hours and though it was still busy it started to slow down a little shortly afterwards. By 7AM the customers were thin on the ground and the traders were cleaning up. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day.
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.