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Bangkok Street Vendors

By AlanBW
Many thanks for all the votes and kind comments on my recent upload.

This latest ofering is something I've thought about uploading for a while, it is a series of images of street vendors plying their trade in and around Bangkok. Food and goods are often taken around on hand trolleys or carried across the shoulder on a yoke. Others set up impromptu stalls balancing a board on a couple of stools – whenever and wherever there is an opportunity for a making a sale, it is taken.

Many of these images were captured in difficult circumstances as the bustling crowds passed by and people got in the way, but with a mixture of frustration and patience the shots were gathered and hopefully they give a flavour of to what many of us is a very different way of life. I hope that you will find them of interest.

V1. A fish seller makes a sale in Yoawarat Road, Chinatown.

V2. Also in Chinatown but this time in Charoen Krung Road, a fruit seller shares a joke with a passer-by.

V3. This purveyor of barbecued meats appears to be a little sleepy as she waits for her next customer. This was taken near Ratchawong Pier on the Chao Praya River.

V.4 This colourful character is preparing his flowers in a busy side street in Nonthaburi, a provincial capital outside Bangkok.

V5. Selling soft toys from a tray slung around her neck, this young lady was captured in the bustling area of Pratunam, known throughout Bangkok as a centre for wholesale clothing.

V.6 This image was taken from across the road on a visit to the Din Daeng area of Bangkok, located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Praya River. We took the ferry across and spent over two hours exploring, during which we didn’t see another Occidental face. Needless to say we were figures of curiosity as we made our way round the area.

V7. With her tray of rings set up on some stools, this street vendor takes a snack break. This shot was taken in the back-packer haven of Khao San Road.

V8. Here are some more flower sellers in Nonthaburi, preparing their arrangements.

V9. Fruit sellers prepare their stalls in a side street leading off Surawong Road – the young boy peering through the bananas on the left amused me with his expression.

V10. Taken in the Chit Lom area, this young man was doing a fine trade knocking out mussel omelettes.

V11. Here a street vendor squats by the pavement in the Wang Lang area as she prepares papaya salad, known locally as som tam. She is pounding the ingredients into mulch using a pestle and mortar.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Travel Bangkok Candid People Thailand Portraits and people Vendors

Voters: imander, Arcticfox, RTDS and 194 more

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imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 10:19AM
very fine set of candids
RTDS 12 Cyprus
1 Dec 2008 10:23AM
Excellent captures Alan.
All of them are cracking shots,awsome composition.
V1,V2 and V6 are my favs.
Well done.
mick183 12 7 5 South Africa
1 Dec 2008 10:32AM
Excellent shot, caught on the fly(v1): composition, sharpness and colours are spot on.

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
1 Dec 2008 10:32AM
A great set of images

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 10:45AM
Your portfolio is so much more interesting than any book..your photos are amazing and are so full of cultural detail. Thank you.
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 10:51AM
tell you what Alan, there is so much to look at in this set of shots that i did'nt want them to end, very nicely captured indeed.............marc
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
1 Dec 2008 10:54AM
Superb collection of candid shots of street vendors Alan. The scenery have a similarity in some areas here in the Philippines most especially in china town.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 11:03AM
Excellent set, full of humour and concentration. Selling and shopping as a personal, individual experience, not vacuum-packaged. I like V7 in particular...
1 Dec 2008 11:04AM
I can just imagine the aroma from all that great food being cooked on the street, great collection of this market Alan, well done on your efforts presenting them and explaining each shot, fine work, Adrian
1 Dec 2008 11:12AM
Great set all great shots. Will
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 11:19AM
You really have some fantastic market shots her, 3 stand out for me and deserve a day to themselves, No's 3, 5 and 7. No 5 my favourite
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
1 Dec 2008 11:22AM
A large volume of work here Alan and some of your best I think.
I particularly like V1-V4-V6-V8 - I think these would have been good standalone images. I am never too sure how much time some people spend appreciating collections such as this.Perhaps another day you could post a few singles from these.
ugly Plus
13 9 57 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 11:25AM
You some up the market very well...
Some great shots V1 and V4 I like a lot...
Great work...

danbrann 16 640 17
1 Dec 2008 11:31AM
If I could vote 11 times I would as I think these are all winners and would grace the pages of any travel magazine providig they were featuring Tailand ...of course.

I loved looking at these as they brought back a wealth of memories.
marecki 13 Poland
1 Dec 2008 11:53AM
What a great set of street photography. Nice.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
1 Dec 2008 11:59AM
fabulous variety of great for the tourist board??

digicammad 17 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 12:01PM
Great set of candids.

1 Dec 2008 12:12PM
Daily work, well captured, has everything, luv this
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 12:16PM
What a terrific set of images.
whiteswan01 13 13 England
1 Dec 2008 12:18PM
excellent set did you try some of the wears
JohnLynch 13 78 6 Ireland
1 Dec 2008 12:25PM

Quote:If I could vote 11 times I would as I think these are all winners and would grace the pages of any travel magazine providig they were featuring Tailand ...of course.

Me too... 11 votes! All great documentary style shots.

jdenman 12 19 5 Spain
1 Dec 2008 12:36PM
This is a fantastic collection of images !
Xiaoli 12 661 14 South Africa
1 Dec 2008 12:42PM
Great set of photos - really brings the whole scene to life! Love them all.
pj12 13 Bulgaria
1 Dec 2008 12:46PM
Beautiful image!
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
1 Dec 2008 12:51PM
Glad to be No30 Alan what a great series V5 & V6 are my favourites

1 Dec 2008 1:11PM
Excellent series of images.
Well done.


Richsr 14 91 223 England
1 Dec 2008 1:22PM
Great set of street vender images Alan - well captured.
Regards Richard.
tuhin 14
1 Dec 2008 1:48PM
Beautifull. What is This? This is Fish.
1 Dec 2008 2:43PM
3 and 8 are my favorites! I love ow you captured the essence of the daily life in a village. It reminds me to live simply!
koka 12 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 3:04PM
Delightful - you have captured the essence of Bangkok to perfection. The dignity of these people shines through in your shot..Katie
DebbieBMP 12 33 1 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 3:11PM
Hi Alan wow this is a fantastic series of shots I love 'em all i couldn't begin to choose a version I prefer they are all so full of character and feeling. Brilliant work as always - Debbie
fentiger 19 920 24 England
1 Dec 2008 3:12PM
Absolutely fantastic series of pictures. Top class photography.

Vano 16 2
1 Dec 2008 3:16PM
Great candid shot! I like the tones...
BBB 13 2 England
1 Dec 2008 3:22PM
Such a good set of photo's
you do EXELLENT work with your series from there
Mikelane 13 1 Wales
1 Dec 2008 4:04PM
Excellence,superb set of candids.regards
Silverzone 13 2 England
1 Dec 2008 4:11PM
Super set of images. They remind me of my first visit to a market in Hong Kong where a lot of the livestock was live, snakes escaping from baskets and a lady pointing to a chicken and it's head being swiftly parted from it's body! really interesting set. Sylvia
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 4:13PM
Great series of images.
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 4:26PM
good interesting picture lots of detail and lots to look at.

kanu 13 India
1 Dec 2008 4:53PM
nice set of shots, well presented.
DOGSBODY 12 1.4k 30 England
1 Dec 2008 5:30PM
A great set of shots. Andy
peugeot406 14 7 1 England
1 Dec 2008 5:32PM
Superb set of images
Cormy 13 3 England
1 Dec 2008 5:36PM
Fabulous series Alan.Each one is worth a vote in its own right.My favourite however is MrsWoolybill in No.6.
Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
1 Dec 2008 5:42PM
A truly wonderful series of life in Bangkok, so many wonderful memories. Well done Alan
Ray42 13 3 England
1 Dec 2008 6:29PM
Terrific street photography - each one worth a vote - Wish I was there
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
1 Dec 2008 6:30PM
What a wonderful series Alan; they're all excellent, but V6 is my favourite Smile
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
1 Dec 2008 6:45PM
A wonderful insight into the street vendors way of life Alan, these are all excellent captures.
churchill123 16 233 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 7:19PM
Fantastic & interesting set of images, all excellent but love the happiness in V2 & the expression in V6

1 Dec 2008 7:34PM
Alan, you can not imagine how much I like your photos...brilliant work...
challicew 13 1 1 South Africa
1 Dec 2008 7:41PM
Totally fascinating - superb captures
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
1 Dec 2008 7:50PM
A fabulous set of images which really bring this place to life, each one is so colourful, vibrant and full of detail
Roly 13 Wales
1 Dec 2008 8:22PM
Great set.

1 Dec 2008 8:36PM
nice set
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
1 Dec 2008 9:16PM
What a fine series of a very different way of life. They are Nat'l Geo worthy.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 10:07PM
Crumbs, I feel as if I have just been there, thanks for that. V1 is my favourite still.
Hoffy 16 262 16 England
1 Dec 2008 10:14PM
Great set of pictures.
imagio 14 12 1 England
1 Dec 2008 10:34PM
All superb Alan, they would be good enough as all single uploads..

OMG 12 51 2 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 11:43PM
A quite brilliant series Alan that make one really feel the atmosphere. You really should do a book of your work.
paul_indigo 17 259 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 11:52PM
Superb series of street shots, each one with its own particular merits. I like this one the best too. Excellent angle, well composed with lots of interest.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
2 Dec 2008 12:11AM
What a brilliant set of images Alan ! Every one is full of interest. Combined with your narrative this would make a great magazine article. A very interesting insight into a completely different way of life.

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
2 Dec 2008 1:06AM
A terrific series of colourful pictures, and some good expressions.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
2 Dec 2008 1:11AM
What immediately strikes me Alan is, despite all the difficulties these street vendors must face daily, they display their wares so nicely, obviously given great care in the presentation, all together, a wonderful set of candid images!
Rgds., Jim
PS. Don't know if you planned heading back there any time soon, things look very difficult at the moment, with no resolution in sight.
Ayelet_A 12 11 3 Israel
2 Dec 2008 1:20AM
Had a feeling it was yours Alan when I saw the thumbnail.
What a fantastic collection - love each shot on it's own - each one tells a different story filled with life and character.
Brilliant set of portraits that conveys life in the market beautifully.

Jaye 15 3
2 Dec 2008 3:13AM
Good cross section Alan see you have "my friend" at No 4 .. I have so many of him he fascinated me so "butch" but happily working with his orchids. Often see him as he comes around on my screen savers along with all the other colourful sights of Bangkok incl. Trish laughing at the so called guinea pigs that turned out to be rabbits.. Enjoy your next trip wish I was coming too. Judith
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 7:09AM
absolute crackers
jenquest 18 561 1 Tokelau
2 Dec 2008 8:37AM
Number 3 and number 8 for me. In the case of number 8, it's because of the photo behind one of the women.
iancam 12 23 England
2 Dec 2008 8:38AM
Great set of images
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
2 Dec 2008 8:43AM
Wonderful set of street life captures. Love the feeling of 'life' that they convey. Bruce
cjl47 13 5 3 England
2 Dec 2008 9:39AM
Great street shots
JudeC 14 6 3 England
2 Dec 2008 10:53AM
Hi - this really takes me back to our visit to Thailand - the smells, colours, hustle and bustle of the streets. We will be going again, probably Christmas 2009 to see our friend - we went in June last year - it was the rainy season - there was a massive thunder storm over the airport and it took the 777 three attempts to land!!! Never again! Jude.
Grifoto 12 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 12:03PM
Cracking set of images, nice work

Caledonia 14 2 Scotland
2 Dec 2008 1:13PM
Oh! It all looks so great! I love V1 for elegance and V2 for colour and laughter....but they are all teriffic slides of life.
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 4:48PM
What an excellent set of images, Alan. Makes me feel hungry. I think it's going to be stir-fry tonight anyway!

Dotrob 15 Wales
2 Dec 2008 4:57PM
Super interesting images.
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
2 Dec 2008 6:55PM

Quote:Your portfolio is so much more interesting than any book..your photos are amazing and are so full of cultural detail. Thank you.

I'll second that.....Wonderful work again Alan,so well captured...........

A great series of images, lovely shots.
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
2 Dec 2008 7:39PM
Wonderful set of shots, lovely selection

2 Dec 2008 7:43PM
brilliant every day life shots Al', a really great set.

John Smile
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
2 Dec 2008 8:31PM
Seriously good photgraphy Alan,excellent collection of images.
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
2 Dec 2008 8:34PM
particulary like v6 for the uncluttered composition, backdrop and the utter look of boredom.lesley
2 Dec 2008 8:52PM
A really interesting series. I don't think I'd want to eat anything there but fascinating anyway Smile
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
2 Dec 2008 9:11PM
wonderful images
microchip 13 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 9:16PM
A superb set of Images Alan, these look wonderful and interesting people thank you for the insight and of course your great candids,
IFIMAGE 13 143 Wales
2 Dec 2008 10:52PM
Great set, so much to see Nice one!

WillieH 15 2 Scotland
2 Dec 2008 11:05PM
Great set of images Alan 1, 3, and 4 my favourites, superb work.

Kind Regards Willie
2 Dec 2008 11:37PM
This is a brilliant series of shots all are great candids showing real feelings in each expressio - Bruce
MandsH 14 England
2 Dec 2008 11:39PM
Supeb series of images
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 9:52AM
Just a brilliant set of captures. The one that absolutely stands out for me is V4.
3 Dec 2008 10:03AM
Great set of image each telling its own story.
Bravdo 13 17 2 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 10:52AM
Great images.Deserving of all the great comments. I particularly like V2, love her expression on her face and is well captured...Thanks for the comments on my photo..
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 1:59PM
A marvellous set, full of life, great characters and humour.

FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
3 Dec 2008 5:19PM
A beautiful set Alan, and such an informative write up.
Grim1 14 49 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 6:12PM
love the arrangement of the fish in v1 - what care - well spotted!
3 Dec 2008 6:19PM
Wonderful set! Love all the different characters and colours.
evelen 16 5 England
3 Dec 2008 6:24PM
excellent capture.
sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 8:14PM
Another really interesting and excellently executed set of photos with the interesting and informative narrative as always I particularly like the ones with the orchids in them - Elizabeth
3 Dec 2008 8:23PM
What a great series! Cracking images and fascinating too.
3 Dec 2008 8:38PM
A brilliant series of shots showing everyday life in Bangkok. Well captured. Tracey
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
3 Dec 2008 9:01PM
excellent series of shots ..
sergedlm 12 9 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 9:50PM
you have the knack to take a really interesting photo I love this
Natzdad 12 29 2 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2008 8:38AM
its v4 for me,so many cultures in one shot,take time out and study this one shot.....brill...mick
trissie 14 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2008 8:42AM
A great collection of images Alan, so interesting to see life in Thailand as it is.

Trish x
Frase 13 Scotland
4 Dec 2008 9:31AM
Truely superb set of images , I love the facial expressions especially in v2 and v5.
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2008 9:36AM
an excellent set of mouthwatering and floral offerings with great colour and clarity of detail.
panda 16 5 1 England
4 Dec 2008 11:56AM
Superb series Alan, top hole.

Regards Phil
4 Dec 2008 7:45PM
Truly fabulous set of shots Alan.... you should work for the Tourist Board... helen x
joseph 15 England
4 Dec 2008 10:12PM
Amazing image Alan....Your eye for a shot is superb!!!
Moj_o 13 10 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2008 10:20PM
Excellent!! Smile Smile

franfoto 13 2 32 England
4 Dec 2008 10:41PM
Your candids always transport me to this fascinating place and I look forward to the enlightening and informative narratives that accompany your excellent work. A great series of shots.
taichidot 12 2 Canada
4 Dec 2008 11:48PM
HI Alan
So many details and yet well done
excellent series
Nettles 13 England
5 Dec 2008 9:32AM
What a fabulous selection. I love the different expressions.
Mavis 19 143 2 England
5 Dec 2008 10:00AM
What an interesting set of shots Alan . Great to see this very different way of life and their expressions also what they sell . Love the young man cooking snacks . A hard life trying to make a living . xx
zed 16 551 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2008 4:34PM
A great series of shots, I like number 4.
6 Dec 2008 11:36AM
A brilliant set of images Alan and as always a very interesting narrative. I love the various expressions on their faces as they tend their wares.

susanbarton 13 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2008 12:18PM
Another interesting shot Alan, it is good to record how other people live, how would we cope if we had to buy and sell like this You have captured good interaction between to two people

6 Dec 2008 3:17PM
A brilliant set of images, v2 and 4 for me.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
6 Dec 2008 4:53PM
A splendid collection of images-- wonderful stories they tell!
skye1 13 29 4 Wales
7 Dec 2008 8:13AM
Lovely set of images showing how these people live, really interesting to look at so detailed, really enjoyed looking through these, love no6 that lady's expression is great
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
7 Dec 2008 11:52AM
Top class work Alan,you should work for the Thai tourist board as it would then be seen through your eyes and everyone would want to be there.take care,AnnSmile
Pegon 15 78 1 England
7 Dec 2008 4:15PM
A superb set of images Alan.
m3lem 15 England
7 Dec 2008 6:09PM
Wonderful set of images, every picture and image i think tells a story, love them
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
8 Dec 2008 10:25AM
Took me 10 minutes for all the pictures to come through on our slow line, but I am glad I persevered. A very interesting and varied assortment of street vendors.
teocali Plus
13 442 18 England
9 Dec 2008 10:28PM
What a truly superb set of captures. Each one is perfect in its own right. My favourite is still V1 - the composition, light and details are wonderful.
10 Dec 2008 11:06PM
Lovely set of shots, Alan. Really enjoyed them.
lostintime Plus
13 13 6 Germany
11 Dec 2008 7:01PM
Terrific series of candids Alan, you've really captured the buzz of everyday life I think.
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
13 Dec 2008 1:45PM
All are great shots Alan...I can just smell the food from here...Smile

brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2008 10:36PM
Great market scenes, the food looks very appetizing!
oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2008 1:33AM
great series of images alan,they lay everything out so neatly and well presented
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
20 Dec 2008 10:53PM
Enjoyed these shots no end Alan,very interesting.
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
21 Dec 2008 8:03AM
Lovely set of shots, wishing you a very Merry Christmas

OMG 12 51 2 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2008 12:39PM
As I have said before your photo journalism work is second to none and this is another superb set.
Artois 14 405 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 8:59AM
Good detail and colour in all versions.
steve_r 13 England
31 Dec 2008 10:37PM
GREAT SHOT, Great series, love no2, nice to be nice, it costs nothing as my farther used to say. All the best for the new year 2009.
Regards Steve.
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
3 Jan 2009 2:53PM
I think this is an excellent series of photo journalistic pictures and is very effective in illustrating these people and their daily working activities. Lots of interesting characters too - in particular the flower seller in No. 4. I'd say he'd be an interesting guy to talk to. The lady in No. 6 is also quite amusing - 'nothing doing today'. This is the first time I have given a 'User Award'.

All the best for 2009.

Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2009 7:08PM
Great series!
mhaseman 14 608 1
19 Jan 2009 8:55PM
A wonderful series showing the colours and character of the market people. Great job Alan. Cheers, Martin
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
21 Jan 2009 5:55PM
Wow, a wonderful set of reportage/environmental images. Superb.

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