Abraham Dakin

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  • 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.

    Saturday 18th July 2014 

    If you walk around the Siam area anytime between 5-6pm, you’ll be greeted by about a 100 different stalls setting up to take advantage of the locals that flock to the area to splash their cash on some new threads. For those that can’t afford the dizzy prices of Paragon, their first stop is the clothing stalls situated all over the pavements. It can be impossible to walk at any normal pace post 5 o’clock. Most of the stalls are ran by a younger generation, seemingly trying to start up their own businesses in an attempt to combat the dreadfully low wages that Thai corporations pay, as well as enjoying the control over your own finances. I will be going back there in the future after I spotted some good locations to snap some ‘happy shoppers’.

    Tuesday 15th July 2014 - Chicken ain’t chicken ‘till it’s lickin’ good grilled.

    Open from 8AM until 4PM, this man sells grilled meats and seafood on the corner of soi 5 (Rama VI). It’s always busy, especially towards closing time when the taxi drivers are getting peckish leading up to their dinner. At 10 baht each, with delicious homemade chilli sauce to accompany, it’s a temptation that is very difficult to refuse.

    Tuesday 01st July - Back-breaking work.

    This was taken on my recent visit to the Thai-Cambodia border; the Poipet Crossing to be precise. There are a lot of workers heading back and forth between each border, I assume to deliver goods to trucks. This was a relatively small example of some of the huge packages that they pull around. As is normally the case in most professions, one man is working a lot harder than the other (and probably being paid a lot less).

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