Abraham Dakin

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I document life. However, I do attempt to dabble in the odd landscape photo now and again.

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  • Friday 12th September

    Close to the National Stadium BTS, this man sells famous portraits of Thailand’s king. He is usually at his post by 7am, leaving by 2pm when the sun is at its hottest.

    Friday 29th August 2014

    On my first trip to Samut Prakan, I headed straight for their most famous tourist attraction, Ancient Siam. I didn’t manage to get a whole load of photographs, but I was happy that I got this. Shot at F8 at 20mm, I used my tripod to lift my camera into the air and used a remote to engage the shutter. This allowed me to separate the walkway from the temple, allowing me to point down slightly and utilize the thirds in the frame. Not only that, the walkway acts as a leading line into the main interest of the photo. This is definitely one of my favourite photos over the last few months, surprisingly slightly deviating from my usual style and subject.

    Wednesday 13th August 2014

    If you take the MRT underground system in Bangkok and get off at Suan Sirikit station, you can access a wonderful park, just north of exit 3. There are a lot of people who use the park for cycling, jogging and exercising. As you enter the park, you’ll notice the vast number of high rise buildings that look over the lake. I felt they worked nicely as a backdrop for this photo.

    Tuesday 12th August 2014

    This man arrived in Bangkok three years ago and has since lived on the streets. He survives on the food and drink that is given to him by the locals. There are quite a few others in a similar situation, which would imply that there is very little or no social support for people, even when they reach a retirement age.

    Saturday 09th August 2014 - Don’t mix emotion with business.

    This is another (and my personal favourite) photograph from the trip to the market. I’ve found that getting in tight with the 35mm is a must. It can be a little daunting at first, but I think the end result feels more personalised and intimate. Shooting at this length also allows an enhanced perspective - a longer lens would give a more compressed background.

    Saturday 09th August 2014 - A new chicken still tastes like chicken.

    I have spent the last couple of weeks getting to grips with my 35mm (roughly a 54mm FOV on my APS-C sensor). It’s great for using on the street; it’s fast, small and lightweight. The downside to using this lens, however, is when I get the opportunity to take a portrait of someone. The bokeh isn’t anything special, so I have found myself resorting to ‘environmental portraits’ rather than traditionally ‘filling the frame’. I finished work nice and early, so I took my usual trip to the local market to get some fruit and chicken on a stick. This new shop had opened and I was drawn in by the colourful choice of clothing that this lady had dressed herself in.

    Friday 08th August 2014 - Old age just simplifies us.

    Every morning, just past the crack of dawn, I spot this old lady sitting with her limited supply of fruit and vegetables. When I finish work, she is still sitting in the same place, some 10 hours later. I decided to take my camera up onto the expressway that runs through the market, to try and get a more unique point of view. As you can see, she appears to live a slow and simple life, and I am suspicious that she might actually sleep next to her stall.

    Thursday 07th August 2014

    I was walking through the train station towards the MRT station when I took this photograph. On the left, the man pushing the trolley has fixated his gaze onto the woman while she looks out down the platform.

    Thursday 07th August 2014 - The Sewer.

    If you venture into the smaller Bangkok streets, it’s not uncommon to see a Thai man equipped with a sewing machine, patching up clothes for the local community. The sewing machine which the gentleman is using is the vintage brand, Singer. It began producing sewing machines in the early 1800s, only stopping production during WW2 when it used its factories to manufacture weapons for the American military.

    Wednesday 06th August 2014

    This is just one of many typical houses that local people have erected along the train lines exiting Hua Lumphong train station. Most of the people living here are immigrants from neighbouring countries, such as Myanmar or Cambodia. They rarely work and spend a lot of their time drinking whiskey, smoking, and watching pirated films. A train passes their homes at least every 10 minutes, rattling the furniture as it rushes along the tracks. The carriages are almost in touching distance from the front door of their wooden homes.

    Saturday 18th July 2014 - The Smoking Baby.

    Here is another image I took from the Siam markets. Cheap knock-off watches are available all over Bangkok, mostly available for a reasonably small price. It’s worth noting though that as with most things, with the cheap price, comes a cheap build.

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