A year ago today I found myself stepping off a plane in Bangkok. I had been travelling for the past three months by bicycle through Europe, but that experience couldn't prepare me for arriving in Asia for the first time. The heat was crushing, there were people everywhere, and I hadn't slept in a long time. What's more, I was meeting up with my girlfriend whom I hadn't seen for three months to travel through southeast Asia for as long as we could.
There was a lot of uncertainty regarding the trip. We had made no plans other than meet up in Bangkok and then go from there. The trip could have gone any number of ways, but the way it ended up was greater than anything I could have imagined before hand.
Not the least of all, my photography was forever changed. I had left Canada a photography enthusiast, with a passion for taking photos, but very much still finding my way in my craft. Travelling to Europe and Asia gave me the opportunity to develop my skills, presenting me with amazing scenes and compelling subjects on a daily basis. Beyond that, I found a flow in photography that helped me process the things I was seeing, the feelings I was having, and the moments that i was experiencing.
In the blog here I plan on releasing a photo every Tuesday and including the in depth story behind it. Whether travel photographs or not, I rarely look back on a photo that doesn't have a story behind it. The greatest photographs tell stories without words, but often the story behind how the photograph was taken is completely different and equally compelling to the story the photo is capturing.
If you have any questions about any of the photos I post, please ask, as I'd love to discuss them in depth, whether it be processing, capture technique, or details on the story.
This photo is from the back seat of a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok, the cheap, ubiquitous mode of transportation. While generally economical, almost as common as the Tuk Tuks themselves are the scams that often accompany them. Generally the driver will insist on making a pit stop at his friends shop on the way to your destination, and refuse to continue until you buy something. It is a rite of passage for any first timer to Bangkok, and after falling victim once, you will be easily able to identify it going forward. There are numerous other scams the less than honest drivers will try to pull on you, although decent drivers are more common than the scammers.
After being in Bangkok two or three times we often found meter taxis to be just as cheap or cheaper, without the worry of being scammed. Nevertheless, if you find yourself in Bangkok, it just might be a must to experience at least once. Besides the taxi can't weave through traffic, and isn't nearly as decked out.