A week of street photography in Bangkok in January 2014


 
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A week-long street photography workshop in Bangkok in January 2014 with In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz.

 

Dates

13 – 19 January 2014.

Workshop Report

Workshop participants:
• Aw Zinkie – http://www.flickr.com/photos/zinkies3/
• Igor Bekker – http://www.flickr.com/photos/igorbekker/,
• Sophie Campbell – http://scdesign.tumblr.com/,
• Piyapat Chieovanich – http://www.flickr.com/photos/pchweat.

Workshop guest:
Nakarin Teerapenun from Street Photo Thailand photography collective.

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Our workshop group poses for a shot in the Royal Palace in Bangkok. Photo by Nakarin.

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Sophie photographs protesters at Siam Square on the first day of the Bangkok Shutdown, which incidentally started on the same day as our workshops.

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Zinkie photographs in a quiet lane of the Chinatown.

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Igor photographs night life activities outside one of the bars on Khao San Road. Right in the middle of the action.

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Pia photographs reflections in a jewellery shop in Yaowarat (Chinatown).

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A group meeting in the middle of the nightlife shooting session at Khao San Road to discuss freshly taken pictures and see how the others are doing.

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A break for snacks and refreshements before hitting the night market in Patpong.

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A morning session of street photography presentations and discussions about photos taken on the previous day of the workshop. Most of the mornings we spent in the hotel common area with our laptops. Then we hit the streets and shot till late, as Bangkok’s nightlife is very vibrant.


 
 
 

Participant Photos

 

Piyapat Chieovanich

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Aw Zinkie

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Igor Bekker

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more to come….
 
 

Workshop Information

A week of street photography in Bangkok with the In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz. Intended for a small group of 4 participants only.
 

Location

Bangkok, Thailand.

Wikipedia says that Bangkok “is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region.
The city is a major regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for transport and health care, and is emerging as a regional centre for the arts, fashion and entertainment. The city’s vibrant street life and cultural landmarks, as well as its notorious red-light districts, have given it an exotic appeal. The historic Grand Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand in contrast with other tourist attractions such as the nightlife scenes of Khaosan Road and Patpong. Bangkok is among the world’s top tourist destinations. It is named the most visited city in MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index, and has been named “World’s Best City” for four consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine.”

and Lonely Planet says: “Same same, but different. It’s Thailish T-shirt philosophy that sums up Bangkok, a city where the tastes of many places are mixed into an often-spicy dish.
Full-On Food
Until you’ve eaten on a Bangkok street, your noodles mingling with your sweat, and your senses dulled by chilli, exhaust and noise, you haven’t actually eaten Thai food. It can be an overwhelming mix: the underlying flavours – spicy, sour, sweet and salty – aren’t exactly meat and potatoes. But for those who love full-on cuisine and don’t need white tablecloths, there’s probably no better dining destination in the world. And with immigration bringing every regional Thai and international cuisine to the capital, it’s also a truly diverse experience.
Fun Folks
The language barrier may seem huge, but it’s never prevented anybody from loving the Thai people. The capital’s cultural underpinnings are evident in virtually all facets of everyday life, and most enjoyably through its residents’ sense of sà·nùk (fun). In Bangkok, anything worth doing should have an element of sà·nùk. Ordering food, changing money and haggling at markets will usually involve a sense of playfulness – a dash of flirtation, perhaps, and a smile. It’s a language that doesn’t require words, and one that’s easy to learn.
Urban Exploration
With so much of life conducted on the street, there are few cities in the world that reward exploration as handsomely as Bangkok. Cap off an extended boat trip with a visit to a hidden morning market. A stroll off Banglamphu’s beaten track can wind up in conversation with a monk. Get lost in the tiny lanes of Chinatown and come face to face with a live Chinese opera performance. After dark, let the BTS (Skytrain) escort you to Th Sukhumvit, where the local nightlife scene reveals a sophisticated and dynamic city.
Contrasts
It’s the contradictions that give the City of Angels its rich, multifaceted personality. Scratch the surface and you’ll find a city of climate-controlled megamalls and international brand names just minutes from 200-year-old village homes; of gold-spired Buddhist temples sharing space with neon-lit strips of sleaze; of slow-moving rivers of traffic bypassed by long-tail boats plying the royal river; and of streets lined with food carts, overlooked by restaurants on top of skyscrapers serving exotic cocktails. As Bangkok races towards the future, you can rest assured that these contrasts will continue to supply the city with its never-ending Thai-ness.”

Exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to shoot there! Additionally people are super friendly, food is great and being there is cheap. You will love it.

There will be also several sessions of shooting “Bangkok After Dark”, so you will have a chance to learn or practise night street photography.

Workshop Description:

It will be a very practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of max 4 participants means a very high level of interaction with Maciej. You will be working in pairs changing “partners” after the lunch break. While shooting with Maciej you will have a chance to observe him at work, learn his techniques and tricks. A special attention will be put on developing and practising “social skills” – an interaction with local people. You will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also get close to people, talk and photograph them. Maciej is a very experienced travel and street photographer and you will learn a great deal of new things. In the evening you will edit and discuss your photos in the group together with Maciej. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk photography too. There will also be presentations on several nights of the workshop in which theoretical and practical aspects of street photography will be outlined and discussed.
It will be a very memorable week that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too. You will return back home confident, inspired and motivated to keep developing as a photographer.
 

Fee

£550

Costs

The participants of the workshop are responsible for all travel costs, including the visa, air tickets, food, accommodation and local transport. Luckily Thailand is still an affordable place to be and total weekly travel spendings are usually around £200. The group will stay in an affordable and clean guesthouse in central Bangkok. The total cost of such an adventure (including Maciej’s fee) should be around £1500 (when flying from the UK for around £500).

 
Maciej’s photos from Bangkok shot during his visits to this fascinating metropolis:

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Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand.
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Please also take a look at the previous workshops to see what kind of pictures is taken on such trips. Maciej has organised and lead more than ten photography workshops so far and they all have been very successful (not only according to the participants – Maciej thinks the same).

 

ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz

Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller and gallerist based in Mumbai, India. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, a member of the Wideangle photo agency, the international street photography collective In-Public and the un-posed Polish street photography collective. He has worked on various photographic projects in the UK and abroad and his interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at photo festivals (including Visa Pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France) and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled among 46 leading street photographers in the “Street Photography Now” book published by the British publisher Thames & Hudson, who also published Maciej’s first monograph – Cardiff After Dark in October 2012.

 
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