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Anxious Wait

By AlanBW
On Boxing Day 2006, we decided to take another trip to the world-famous Grand Palace in Bangkok. Although we had been there on three previous occasions, we always seem to discover something new on each visit and anyway this was the first time that Tricia had been able to take the opportunity to video the magnificent buildings within the Palace complex.

Having taken a taxi from our hotel, we were making our way through the Chinatown area and the traffic was heavy! We were sat in the back of the taxi and the driver, who could speak pretty good English, was chatting away about the English Premiership football that he loves to watch on Thai television, declaring himself to be a Liverpool fan. I was responding happily to his delightful chatter, but all the time I had my camera resting on my lap and was eying up the interesting street scenes outside. At one point we slowed for traffic lights and were inching our way forwards when I came upon the scene pictured above. The lady was squatting near the edge of the pavement and gazing down the road with great intensity. This was an opportunity not to be missed, so I primed the camera and rattled off a couple of shots through glass and while the vehicle was on the move, albeit slowly. She never averted her gaze from further down the road and was therefore quite oblivious to the fact that she had been photographed. The whole scene made me wonder; was she waiting for some news or maybe for her husband, child, parent or friend? Our taxi duly moved on so I have no idea of the outcome, but given the obvious air of anxiety, I hope and pray that it all ended well.

Tags: Photo journalism Waiting Woman Travel General Bangkok Candid People Thailand Portraits and people

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DirkV 14
8 Mar 2007 3:54PM
Its a great candidshot!
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
8 Mar 2007 4:02PM
From a car through glass. Nice quality under such conditions. And good timing too.

forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 4:07PM
Excellent candid shot under difficult circumstances. Well captured.

Great candid work & timing Alan.
shortski 15 3 1 England
8 Mar 2007 4:54PM
great candid shot, really sharp for one taken on the move...jojo
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
8 Mar 2007 5:25PM
Hi Alan,
Excellent timing,detail,lighting and presentation.What a candid shot.She's one fit lady sitting like that for ages.Take care.AnnSmile
8 Mar 2007 5:28PM
Great candid shot, I would never has suspected it was taken from a moving vehicle through glass. She certainly seems to be deep in concentration.
8 Mar 2007 5:48PM
Amazing Alan, being in Taxi is no barrier to your great photography, always enjoy your descriptions, don't think this could have been done better, I think I'll try shooting from a taxi from now on, great image, Adrian
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 5:56PM
such expression, wondrous story
xinia 16 54
8 Mar 2007 6:05PM
indeed the face leaves many questions with the viewer - well taken under the circumstances too
TonyA 16 11 Spain
8 Mar 2007 6:10PM
I saw many people squatting the same way in a recent trip to Laos and they seem so comfortable. She looks so immerse in her thoughts with that frown and squinting eyes. Great description.

Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
8 Mar 2007 6:15PM
It amazes me how these ladies can squat so easily and for so'd have to hoist me up with a craneSmile Travel is such an education.
8 Mar 2007 6:30PM
Great thoughtful capture Al', a really good shot.
John (-:
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
8 Mar 2007 6:39PM
good capture....through glass..WOW
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
8 Mar 2007 6:40PM
Great candid photography and a lovely write up as always. Super clarity under the circumstances.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
8 Mar 2007 6:54PM
Good capture moment off thought

rhiw_com 14 24
8 Mar 2007 6:56PM
Love these candid shots of yours Alan, superb detail.

Rg Tony
Glynn Plus
15 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 7:20PM
Super candid image and excellent through glass.

Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 7:25PM
This is a wonderful shot Alan what makes it so good it as you say she is oblivious to what is going on.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 7:26PM
Even without the description, the image would keep our attention, wondering what was going through her mind. A pity you couldn't answer that, but it is of no consequence, the picture is great.
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
8 Mar 2007 7:41PM
Another wonderful candid Alan. You always seem to spot these oportunities. I love the transfixed expression in her face and the hand partly covering it, as if trying to hide her concern.

8 Mar 2007 7:58PM
Superb candid Alan, and great description to support the intriguing image.

8 Mar 2007 8:08PM
Fabulous candid scene well captured and wrote about.

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
8 Mar 2007 8:13PM
Excellent capture in difficult circumstances Alan, as always your write up adds flesh to the bones!
Rgds., JIm
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 8:44PM
Cracking candid Alan a wonderful deep expression and as always a wonderful narrative.

8 Mar 2007 8:55PM
An amazing candid image with fantastic detail and light.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
8 Mar 2007 10:17PM
An excellent candid shot Alan, even more impressive considering it was taken through glass. A great write up to go with the image as usual
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
8 Mar 2007 10:23PM
Good candid work Alan . She does look anxious. An image that makes you think.

8 Mar 2007 10:32PM
Alan your work is superb!! exllent candid shot well seen and captured love your descriptions that goes with it spot on!!
Pegon 15 78 1 England
8 Mar 2007 10:43PM
Superbly captured, you did well to get it so sharp while on the move.
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 11:20PM
well caught.. she does look anxious.. i wonder what happened
tuhin 14
9 Mar 2007 2:20AM
Beautiful shot.
Mavis 19 143 2 England
9 Mar 2007 6:37AM
You really should put this altogether into a book Alan . A great candid capture full of feeling .Amazing that it was taken through glass !! xx
hebdens 15 5
9 Mar 2007 8:08AM
I'm with Ann, shes a fit lady with that posture.The title is spot on.
15 13 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2007 9:36AM
Lovely and well photographed Alan, I am going to China in July, hope to get some lovely candids like this.
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
9 Mar 2007 9:40AM
Excellent character candid. Really well caught. Bruce
CathyT 15 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2007 10:03AM
Its all been said...well done...
trissie 14 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2007 10:33AM
A superb candid shot Alan, with great detail and story.

Trish x
panda 16 5 1 England
9 Mar 2007 11:20AM
You are so good at these natural shots Alan, great image.

Regards Phil
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
9 Mar 2007 11:44AM

Rock 18 10 2 England
9 Mar 2007 12:20PM
A Winner from the Grab Shot Master.

sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2007 12:33PM
brilliant work here alan
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2007 1:07PM
What a very interesting and unusual shot!

bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
9 Mar 2007 1:21PM
Quality image taken through glass Alan.I hope her mind was not on anything too serious.
Could have been a 'does my bum look big in this' moment.(sorry).

iajacks 15 24 England
9 Mar 2007 2:45PM
some one is deep in fort and its well captured in this nice candid.

spot on ian
danbrann 16 640 17
9 Mar 2007 4:11PM
Aah the "gland parrish" I must say this is one of my favourite places.We were lucky enough to be there one day during the visit of the King.
That apart the pic is a fine example of good street photography.
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
9 Mar 2007 4:15PM
Not the most flattering pose..But still a great street shot from that part of the world..

MDaniel 14 3 3 Ghana
9 Mar 2007 4:28PM
A classic Asian pose. Like the pensive thought look which makes it for me.
9 Mar 2007 5:16PM
Another excellent photograph and story. I agree with Mavis, write a book.

A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2007 7:31PM
another superbly captured expression - exposure spot on.
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2007 8:10PM
Very well captured Alan, very unusual.
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
10 Mar 2007 1:59AM
A very good dramatic shot. -Brian.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
10 Mar 2007 8:52AM
The expression tells a story,she is obviously worried over something.Excellent spot Alan.
StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
10 Mar 2007 3:33PM
Superb candid Alan.

GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
10 Mar 2007 4:14PM
Hi Alan
Interesting shot and great description!
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
10 Mar 2007 5:27PM
you do fantastic ' people ' shots which includes this one
10 Mar 2007 6:21PM

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
10 Mar 2007 7:15PM
On the move-through the glass-. You really rose to that challenge Alan.
anthhope 15 1 England
10 Mar 2007 7:23PM
Deep in thought. Superb!
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2007 8:59PM
excellent candid shot - brill.
BigK 15 8
10 Mar 2007 10:39PM
Good story and nice photo to go with it.

phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2007 10:43PM
Another excellent candid shot Alan.

John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
11 Mar 2007 9:49AM
Fine candid shot Alan.
11 Mar 2007 9:59AM
Brilliant candid Alan. helen
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2007 10:28AM
this is fab what a great shot wonder what she thinkin colours and detail brill well shot libby
jakcie 14 8 Ireland
11 Mar 2007 10:35AM
Hi Alan, I have to say u have documentary photography in your blood, how you do this? Every pic have spare of energy. Thank u so much for your feedback.
Best Regards
Dotrob 15 Wales
11 Mar 2007 1:00PM
Great candid shot.
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
11 Mar 2007 2:01PM
FanTAStic candid especially through moving glass! Nice one, Alan Smile REALLY like the light here too. Kinda glowy.

KingArthur 14 8 Malta
11 Mar 2007 6:07PM
A great candid Alan, loads of character in this! A very strong image, well done.

11 Mar 2007 7:57PM
A great shot. Great title to reinforce the photo.
You also have a great collection of very photos in your portfolio.JNC
CecilyC 15
11 Mar 2007 8:03PM
Haha, absolutely splendid candid shot Alan!! well done!

Possum 14 148 England
11 Mar 2007 8:50PM
This is a wonderful shot that will forever have us wondering what it is she was waiting for.
Malc_V 15 England
11 Mar 2007 9:35PM
Brilliant capture Alan.
Beats me how they squat like that for so long ... Diem seems comfortable for ages when she is in this position.
I last for about 1 minute then stuggle to get up

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
11 Mar 2007 10:22PM
Great natural pose. Well caught.
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2007 9:08AM
Great candid Alan..... she does like kind of anxious as you said I hope it all turned out well... and in that pose how do they do it??? takes me ages to recompose myself just taking a pic!! Karen Smile
angelamary 15 6 England
12 Mar 2007 3:47PM
I envy her her pose! Been a long time since I could crouch like that!

Lovely candid shot. Well caught!
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2007 8:57PM
I'd say good shutter speed: excellent timing, and clarity. Loved the story as usual.Still wondering?
Thanks for sharing

mickf1 14 2 England
12 Mar 2007 10:53PM
Another excellent candid shot Alan.
tenerifejohn 15 126 England
13 Mar 2007 7:44AM
great work Alan to add to your brilliant portfolio. John
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
14 Mar 2007 4:28PM
You've got a great series of candids. -=Walter
elph 15 10 Russian Federation
14 Mar 2007 9:19PM
Excellent candid shot! I really love you Thai serie Smile

22 Mar 2007 9:27PM
This is so good Alan, your people studies are superb and along with your interesting descriptions they make compulsive viewing. I much admire your portfolio; keep them coming!
Brownie127 15 61 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2007 11:46AM
Brilliant capture of a fleeting opportunity. The low angle with a short focal length would have been impossible but for the circumstances.

Alan, I have to ask how you negate the effect of shooting through glass?

jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
12 Apr 2007 1:27PM
Hi Alan.
I see im not the first one who comment on this. lol
petra16 15 169 Scotland
25 Apr 2007 9:23PM
I am so glad to be the 100th vote, this is a very serious picture, a very interesting picture, it makes you still wonder what happened

digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
14 Oct 2007 6:07PM
A great shot showing the Asian woman in a very typical seating style they have

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