Photography is often a great map of our traveling, helping us to pay attention to what we see around us. Of course we are not talking about selfies or just pictures of monuments, but using the camera to navigate the streets is an excellent way to feel more connected to the street life of any Asian town.
A great place to do this is Bangkok, with its vibrant colors and fast pace of living, the beauty of the Thais and the contrasts between modern and traditional. So pick up your camera and go out discover the streets!
Explore the markets and other crowded places, especially the ones with no tourists. Talk to locals or, if communication is a barrier, just smile in order to connect and take a photo of them.
Focus on contrasts, which are usually interesting for pictures. The big and the small, the new and the old, the beautiful and the ugly.
Go closer. Don’t rely always on zoom, move yourself in search of a good shot. It also makes you get out of your comfort zone and get more intimate with others.
Find connections in what you see. Take pictures that can make a story in the viewer’s mind.
Search for the weird. Take photos of unusual things instead of the common ones: everyone already has a photo of that beautiful beach or that gorgeous sunset.
Look for little expressions of creativity. A big city like Bangkok is full of expressivity, little pieces of beauty where some unknown person decided to paint or draw or do anything else in order to break the grayness and anonymity of the urban landscape.
For the same reason, keep your eyes open for little things that often people place on the street. Small shrines and objects of worship, something to beautify the street or even humble pieces of art!
Focus on the natural expressions. Those right moments where you can eternalize a brief gesture or facial expression, a candid portrait of real life as it is.
Go to the smallest streets, explore the darkest alleys and corners. Don’t stick to the main avenues, usually the places that are more controlled and less filled with life.
Work on your compositions. For example, experiment with juxtaposing different elements such as people, objects, architecture, etc.
Find situations where something is a little bit surreal, objects in places they don’t belong or people doing things they aren’t suppose to.
Search for what is natural. People posing it’s boring, go for more natural looking portraits of everyday life.
Last but not least, don’t be afraid to experiment with light or take imperfect photos since a photo doesn’t need to strictly represent reality. Use it for painting your own subjective version of what you see around you.
And, most of all, have fun with your photography journeys through the city of Bangkok and its street life. We are sure you will make a great travel album out of it!Read more
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