Bangkok – Markets on film

Bangkok is a wonderfully colourful place, so why not try some black and white film,  head out to a market or two – or a temple and see what clicks.

Markets are incredible places in Thailand – hot, sticky, crowded, aromatic (in so many ways) and no-one seems to object to a photo being taken.  These were taken around the Chinatown food market areas and the ridiculously big Chatuchak Market in the north of the city using the trusty Olympus OM20 and a roll of Ilford FP4.

 

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always good to include a moped – note the no-photography sign.  #rebel..
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lonely street trader
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busy street chef
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so Bangkok

 

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more food
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and how I feel after a few hours shopping

On all my visits to South East Asia I encounter groups of students who are looking for a tourist to practise an interview in English with.  The first time it happened I, of course (and without any justification) thought ‘is this a scam?’  And of course it isn’t.  All the times it has happened, I’ve talked to bright, enthusiastic students about Ireland and visiting Thailand while at all times trying to curb my natural Norn Iron accent tendencies.  Studying English as a foreign language is one thing, trying to understand Belfast is another.

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delightful students

Queens

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Queen’s Quarter, Belfast

I’ve always had mixed feelings towards the Queen’s area in Belfast.  I grew up around this part of Belfast and it’s got an undoubted charm, but as a graduate of the University, studying there was nothing special – dull and uninspiring, even.  Maybe it’s an age thing but I’ve had much more productive learning through part time study and of course, through life experience.

Still, it’s one of the city’s nicest areas for a walk with the camera.  These were shot on a Canon T70 (underrated and not the slightest bit ugly) and Ilford HP5+, not too grainy and a pleasure to scan.

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Welcome to Queens
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Inside the Lanyon building
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Along the quadrangle

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Queen’s has Belfast’s leading Art House Cinema and while there’s always an eclectic mix of films on show, the seating is most uncomfortable and at my last visit, I surprisingly witnessed numerous Wittertainment Code Violations.

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QFT
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Elmwood Hall
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Theological College for non-factual study…
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The ever popular city bikes
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But is it art..
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Play School windows
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Tree-lined University Road
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Quadrangle archway