Hand on Bus, Penang

Hand on Bus, Penang, Malaysia – March 2014

At the moment, I really miss living in Penang. Although I owned a car, most of the time, I prefered travelling by bus. I don’t actually enjoy driving, I would much rather look out the window and see what there is to be seen. The other thing is, that I enjoy people watching – just a bit.

I have mixed feelings about sneek pictures, but I really liked the look of his hand – which looked huge and worn. So I took it.

Feet in the Water, El Salvador

Feet, Lake Ilopango, El Salvador 2007

Not a big picture, but I still like it.

Lake Ilopango is a formed in the mouth of a dormant volcano. I went scuba diving there once, but on this occasion, it was a cruise amongst the water hyacinths. As you can see a friend dipped her feet in water making a little plume as we went along. I didn’t take a camera, instead using a Nokia feature phone – less than 1 megapixel- but like I said – I like it.

District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2008

Sorry, not really a photo, but I was trying to give the impression of a really busy place with people coming from all directions. And a bit of the contrasting old and new.

I miss walking in Ho Chi Minh City, it has a bustling buzz. People are always doing something and there is always something to see.

Except at Tet, when the busy streets suddenly clear and the road only carries people going to visit relatives.

Under the Seat, Vietnam

Under the Seat, Vietnam 2009

There was a time, when I used to travel by plane quite a bit, mostly short haul within South-East Asia. Most of the life to be seen was outside the window- hence my hundreds of views from above photos, but sometimes funny moments happened on the plane. My neighbour and I never really did meet. Might have been a character.

Police, Bangkok

Police, Bangkok, Thailand 2010

I saw these guys as I got off the river bus in Bangkok. Judging by their boots, I think this must be their beat.

The canals are popular thoroughfares in Bangkok, with the river buses carrying thousands of commuters to work every day. A river bus journey is quite spectacular, with the noise of the engine and the speed of the bus itself.

Market, Bangkok

Market, Bangkok, Thailand 2010

This photo dates back to a session I did with Gavin Goff. We visited a number of markets and temples and Gavin got in there and approached people and interacted. I think this was the main thing I learned from him. Strange that this was just a grab shot then! Here, I was using another technique which he popularised, by panning with a fairly wide angle lens.

Take My Picture, Athens

Take My Picture, Athens, Georgia, USA 2000

Most of the time, people don’t want you to take their picture – or would rather you didn’t- but sometimes they do.

As I remember it, I had gone to Athens to watch a Georgia Bulldogs football game (I think it was against Ole Miss) and when I took this picture, I was trying to sniff out some tickets. Anyway, I was wandering around downtown Athens (which looked very nice) when this guy shouted,”Hey! Take my picture!”. So I did. And I quite like it.

For the technically curious, I was using a Holga camera (a lo-fi camera) and Tri-X.

Sunset by the River, Laos

By the Mekong, Vientiane, Laos 2015

I really enjoyed my visit to Vientiane. Although it is modernising very quickly, the pace of life is still pretty slow and the people are quite friendly. At sunset, people tend to gather at the edge of the Mekong to watch the sun set and meet with friends.

Long Shadow, Shanghai

Shadow, West Nanjing Road, Shanghai November 2019

Although I have been there quite a few times, I always enjoy walking around Shanghai – there is always something to see.

The camera I was using was made in 1975 and as usual, I found myself wondering what the place I was visiting was like in 1975.

West Nanjing Road is probably the most famous street in Shanghai, running from by Jing An Temple all the way to the Bund. This particular part is being redeveloped as you can see in the photograph.