Dolphins, Kyoto

Dolphin Show, Kyoto Aquarium, Japan 2019

I don’t really like the idea of keeping animals (especially large mammals) in captivity, but always seem to visit every zoo and aquarium I have the opportunity to see.

Kyoto aquarium is very smart and clean, with as you can see, a dolphin stadium. Several times a day, they have dolphin shows with a mixture of dolphin action and contributions from human performers. I came away noting the effortlessness of the dolphins movements and wanting to know more about them – which I suppose was the idea.

Bicycle, Vietnam

District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, 2008

Although the centre of Ho Chi Minh City has an increasingly modern skyline, this changes as you move away and it becomes increasingly low-rise and older fashioned. In the same way, although there are increasing numbers of cars and trucks, most vehicles are motorcycles and occasionally bicycles.

Although this feels like a recent picture to me, I know that it actually 12 years old, so it is historic rather than contemporary reportage. That said, I am pretty sure that I could find something like this if I were back in Vietnam today. But Vietnam is a constantly changing place, so I can’t be sure.

I was going though a sneak photography phase, where I shot largely from the hip, with out appearing to look at the screen. I don’t think the man on the tricycle is fooled.

Technical Details: I was using my Fuji FD30, which is quite a small camera – I think big cameras make you far more conspicuous. It fitted inside my palm so you could only really see the lens between my fingers. If I had covered the chrome with tape would that have made it less conspicuous? Maybe.

View of Straits Quay, Penang

Straits Quay From The Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang 2015

I know this photo looks rather fake and “dramatised”, but really the scene did look rather like this.

Penang is a curious place. Despite being a small island off the Malaysian peninsula, the weather could vary widely, even if you were only a couple of miles away. Here you can see a tropical storm brewing, presumably about to descend on Straits Quay. Sudden storms, with very heavy rain are a feature of Penang life.

Two Cigars, China

Two Cigars, Sanlitun, China 2011

I like pictures which pose questions- “Why did they throw away two almost unsmoked cigars?”. Perhaps they were getting into a car?

Background info – Sanlitun is a very smart part of Beijing, where there a lots of designer shops and a number of countries’ embassies are based. Every day, armies of gardeners groom the neighbourhood trees and bushes and everything looks unnaturally neat and tidy. You will note that the cigars are the only things in the ashtray!

What do you think?

Bodybuilding Club, Vietnam

Bodybuilding Club, Ho Chi Minh City, 2010

Happy New Year!

My first post of 2020 – is a sign for a bodybuilding club in Ho Chi Minh City!

I like the strong use of colour and text – I’m not sure they’ve got the proportions quite right, although the varying skin tones are quite impressive. I love a good hand-painted sign.