Yesterday, I went on the monthly photowalk with the group of over 40 photographers. We went to the 70 Rai Community near the Port Authority. One can say that it was chaotic and some people did get lost and left the group somewhere along the route. There were a few small groups that went rogue and went of on a tangent somehow managed to reconnect with the larger group.
70 Rai Community in Klong Toey, the community between the train tracks and the docks is “the largest and oldest area of ‘informal dwellings’ in Bangkok”. With many narrow alley ways that weaved in and out, the people were both startled and welcoming this group of ‘farang’ or foreign shutterbugs snapping away. Admittedly, some of the shutterbugs acted as if they won the ticket to Willy Wonka Chocolate factory and went ga-ga which quite annoying. At any rate, I am glad I went on this walk because I can liken it walking into a den of cobras or something similar, I wouldn’t dare go on my own.
Nearing the end of the walk, I went on a side street and found a group of besties playing. They saw my camera and start hamming it up. And every time they looked at the LCD, they would cry out, “one more, one more.”
We, – the children and myself – enjoyed our impromptu photo shoot.