Taking a stroll through the Deoksugung Palace grounds in Seoul, South Korea, I chanced upon this group of old men sharing a cup of java under a canopy of tall trees.
A wizened couple going up stream in a small old beat up boat. What interested me in this capture was the expressions on their faces. But now I am intrigued by the boat which is cleared powered by a motor but not with an outboard engine. It appears that all the boats in this configuration are outfitted with inboard engines with hidden rudder controls.
New York City has street fairs every weekend in different parts of the city and at one weekend, it was right in the heart of the city – roads were blocked off from traffic for about 5 blocks. As a matter of city planning, a fire engine, police cars and ambulance will always be parked nearby. By today’s standards, these ageing chariots of heroes are still very much part of the city’s identity like the yellow taxis. While these vehicles may have seen better years, they are full of character and represents the depth of history of the city.
This avenue’s name was a curious one and I had not heard of it nor was it shown in some of the maps. Whilst most New Yorkers are familiar with “Avenue of the Americas” this “Avenue of the Strongest” was new to some New Yorkers I spoke with.
The essence of street photography is to either capture what will not ever come by again or to capture everyday elements in a manner that most do not normally “see” as people pass on by. This shot of a newly wed couple was taken outside the New York municipal office for registration of new marriages. What surprised me after the shot was taken was the expression of the event photographer. Of course seeing the bridal couple buying and having hotdogs on their wedding day – was a surprise to me.
On the last day of my trip to Hanoi in March 2011 I noticed that the alley ways in the Old District all had differing uses and sizes. Some were wide enough for cars to get through while many are just about three body lengths wide allowing motorbikes and lots of wires and clothes hanging out of windows. This one alley I chanced upon was just dimly lit bare concrete with no windows and hardly any light flowing through but a small doorway on the right about 20 feet into the alley. I just happen to have my camera in hand when this boy came out of the shadows with his bicycle and he stopped just for a moment to snap this and he disappeared back into the darkness .