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Crouching Tiger

By AlanBW
Still in Bangkok, I observed this fascinating character outside a massive shopping mall. He is a motor cycle taxi rider and always operates outside the same exit of the mall along with several colleagues, who tout for custom as shoppers leave, often heavily laden with bags and parcels. Motor cycle taxi riders ply their trade at almost every exit. I was most intrigued by his stance, style of dress and the predatory manner in which he eyed up potential customers.

The mall is the MBK Centre, an enormous eight storey outlet first opened in 1985 and one of the biggest in Asia. MBK has around 2,500 stores and services, over 150 eating establishments and a large cinema. There is a wealth of items on offer including clothes, handicrafts, cosmetics, confectionery, hairdressers, jewellery and watches, electronic and information technology products - including mobile phones, exchange booths, furniture, restaurants, a supermarket and a four storey department store called Tokyu.

It is estimated that the MBK centre has 100,000 customers per day including 30,000 tourists from all parts of the world. MBK is 330 metres long and the total selling area is around 89,000 square metres.

Having taken my shot, I was delighted when the character above, who in that outfit wouldn't have been out of place in a crew of pirates, got a customer. It was a young Thai woman who was overwhelmed with shopping bags. New Year was approaching, so she had probably been buying gifts for friends and family. Having sorted out safety helmets for himself and his passenger, who sat side-saddle clutching her remaining packages, he hung around half a dozen bags on the handle bars. Another package was secured around his neck and having checked that his customer was ready, he set off. Doubtless he was back again in a few minutes, waiting for another customer.

Tags: Travel General Man Bangkok Candid People Thailand Black and white Motor cycle taxi Portraits and people

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1 Feb 2007 8:12AM
Good portrait.
Like the tones and lighting.
Great pose and expression, well done Smile

RobinF 14 83 1 England
1 Feb 2007 8:17AM
Perfect capture Alan, love the pose! - Robin
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2007 8:21AM
hi Alan, another great candid, looks good in mono
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
1 Feb 2007 8:51AM
Brilliant capture.
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2007 9:30AM
Cracking candid Alan what a menacing look! Very apt title.

cat_mc 14 17 Australia
1 Feb 2007 10:21AM
nice shot alan,perfect title!wheres hidden dragon? oh right hidden!!!. enjoying your tales from bangkok
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
1 Feb 2007 11:49AM
You find some interesting characters! Nice in B&W. Sharp photo, and sharp looking guy!
NevP 15 853 13 Canada
1 Feb 2007 1:58PM
Nicely caught, and interesting write up, great stuff.
arnieg 16 704 England
1 Feb 2007 2:04PM
excellent candid shot

tmann 16 4 2 United States
1 Feb 2007 2:14PM
nice candid capture!
1 Feb 2007 3:21PM
interesting pose this guy has on here...
Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2007 3:46PM
Excellent shot Alan. Good capture of the predatory and pirate-looking manner. He definitely seems to be thinking intensely about his next move. The mono works well too.

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2007 3:53PM
he looks ready to pounce.. brilliant shot, brilliant explanation
1 Feb 2007 4:09PM
interesting story and capture....bravo

sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2007 4:23PM
superb capture here again alan, i would not like to meet him on a dark night,lol

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
1 Feb 2007 4:40PM
An excellent candid capture Alan, he looks really menacing. It's a good job he didn't spot you with your camera or you could have been on the receiving end of a kung fu kick or karate chop! A really interesting story as usual and the mono conversion was an inspired choice
Alfoto 14 Wales
1 Feb 2007 5:03PM
Super capture and a great story.
moni 14
1 Feb 2007 5:11PM
great title and super image!
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
1 Feb 2007 5:19PM
Great capture of such a cool, natural and candid pose! This works SO well in BW too Smile


PS Perfect
TonyA 16 11 Spain
1 Feb 2007 5:28PM
Great shot with a very good story. There is always a new way of doing business.

hebdens 15 5
1 Feb 2007 5:58PM
He's doing a good service, good for him.
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
1 Feb 2007 6:05PM
Have an RC on me! Nice looking young man, but I'm afraid I would be petrified riding side saddle on his bike....
moglen Plus
14 14 1
1 Feb 2007 6:05PM
Nice shot, love the pose, bet he gets lots of custom from the ladies. glen x
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2007 6:19PM
Beautiful shot good tones good pose nice story as well
clivebo 14 16
1 Feb 2007 6:29PM
Great black white shot .
1 Feb 2007 6:55PM
Excellent portrait Alan, so sharp and detailed. A very interesting description too.
1 Feb 2007 7:27PM
Alan, once again you produce exceptional work - the tile, expression, clarity and use af b&w make for a compelling image!

1 Feb 2007 7:47PM
Wonderful shot of a colorful character with a fascinating story of the mall. Well done!

LauraBeans 15 32 Scotland
1 Feb 2007 8:26PM
Great pose. Works well in B&W.

bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
1 Feb 2007 8:54PM
I like his look Alan. A fine B+W.
Looking at his clothes I imagine he was dressed quite colourful.Good title.

Aurora 16 3 England
1 Feb 2007 9:54PM
An excellent shot and fascinating write-up.
G73photography 14 417 15 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2007 11:45PM
great shot alan, could he be crouching tiger?? G
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
2 Feb 2007 2:29AM
Well you sure have captured the predator look in his eyes, if you had not said he was a taxi driver I would have believed otherwise. Spot on! Click!!!

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
2 Feb 2007 4:26AM
Think I'd be a bit leery of riding with him Alan, presumably you were at 300mm taking this. Another great candid as only you can do and, as always, great write-up.
Rgds., Jim
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 5:52AM
outstanding as usual, lovely work
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
2 Feb 2007 6:58AM
Quite simply a wonderful b/w candid.
Chriscj 15 96 1 England
2 Feb 2007 9:06AM
I'm sure you could write a book, you have a story with every shot.

Desh_M 16 410
2 Feb 2007 9:17AM
good lighting, Would be good to add bit more contrast to it
Nice shot
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 10:27AM
well titled masculine candid.
Eden 16 40 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 11:07AM
I like this candid and find your portfolio interesting!
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
2 Feb 2007 11:48AM
like is pose and expression....great story also

well done

have a great weekend and cheers 4 your support!
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 12:38PM
Excellent character study Alan.

AlistairJ 15 6 England
2 Feb 2007 12:57PM
Another of your spot on candid shots Alan and it sound like a very interesting place.

iajacks 15 24 England
2 Feb 2007 1:45PM
interesting pose of the subject and it look great in black and white.

nice one ian
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 2:35PM
Excellent candid and story to go with it.

sputnki 16 10 Canada
2 Feb 2007 2:48PM
Another great slice-of-life!

Glynn Plus
15 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 3:50PM
Great Candid shot Alan - you are the master at this sort of shot.

Androo 14 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 4:35PM
Yeah brilliant shot Alan, very good indeed, has a lot of character. (Great description and title too!)

panda 16 5 1 England
2 Feb 2007 5:13PM
Great shot Alan, love the story behind it as well.

Regards Phil
2 Feb 2007 8:04PM
Excellent study.
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 8:07PM
Wonderful candid Alan and works really well in mono.... love the composition and the description is amazing.... well done
Malc_V 15 England
2 Feb 2007 8:46PM
Magnificent candid Alan.

Great work.

2 Feb 2007 9:04PM
Another great street portrait - he does appear fascinating

bradpete 16 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2007 9:16PM
Great picture so alive he seems ready for anything well done
anthhope 15 1 England
2 Feb 2007 10:08PM
A great take and superb tones!!
BigK 15 8
3 Feb 2007 6:13AM
I really like this B&W - it draws attention to the face and eyes. Nice shot - maybe you'll get to Australia on your travels one day.

jkennedy 15 4 1 Indonesia
3 Feb 2007 12:32PM
Another great candid portrait Alan - you certainly have the knack for these. The B&W works really well with this shot. Well done. CLIK,
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
3 Feb 2007 1:19PM
Hi Alan,
Hidden dragon,i love that film.This is a marvellous b/w candid shot,a marvellous stance and detail,good eye contact and lighting.Fabulous composition.
Take care.AnnSmile
3 Feb 2007 7:04PM
very good angle/character study. very nicely captured.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2007 9:03PM
Your candids and descriptions are so fascinating. The story behind the character in this image is so important.
3 Feb 2007 9:25PM
"El Tigre" !

Very interesting in the b&w, the fingerless gloves suggest a different type of transportation. The details are superb!

Pegon 15 78 1 England
3 Feb 2007 11:43PM
An excellent capture Allan, good tones.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
4 Feb 2007 1:12AM
First class candid work Alan. Fabulous detail. I like the torn jeans, and the serious expression.

KingArthur 14 8 Malta
4 Feb 2007 2:36AM
Wonderful candid portrait Alan, lovely character study in this, splendid work!

Excellent B/W portrait, great candid, Alan!
Very Nice...Smile

Suzan Smile
laidleja 16 3
4 Feb 2007 10:15AM
Alan, your stories are as good as your shots. Well done.
Mavis 19 143 2 England
4 Feb 2007 10:20AM
A great title Alan. Looks as if he could run a 3 minute mile . A look of determination on his face . The commentary by you is amazing . xx
4 Feb 2007 2:46PM
Great character shot. Good title too.
John (-:
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
4 Feb 2007 5:29PM
Like the comp..and the Title is spot on..Using B/W work so well ..great work...

phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2007 5:45PM
Fantastic B&W portrait,beautifully taken.

4 Feb 2007 6:46PM
Lovely candid image.
mollye 14 3 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2007 9:11PM
Another great shot

DaisyD50 14 3
4 Feb 2007 10:00PM
Great candid!!! Love the toning!!
5 Feb 2007 10:32AM
Love this shot Alan, the tones are perfect and it's such a nice crop too. helen
GregorP 16 4 Slovenia
5 Feb 2007 8:50PM
Smile Nice shot Alan!
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2007 11:24PM
Great monotone Alan.
elph 15 10 Russian Federation
8 Feb 2007 10:49PM
Nice work, Alan! He's really a predator Smile

ElmsArt 14 82 1 Scotland
9 Feb 2007 11:21PM
Excellent candid shot with a perfect title. The B&W take suits it perfectly.

annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2007 6:26AM
another great image and story
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
14 Feb 2007 8:06PM
Great Candid shot. And wonderful background insight into the image. Brings back memories of my trips to Thailand, although due to Business commitments, not much time allowed for Photography.

Possum 14 148 England
15 Feb 2007 7:37PM
What a fantastic shot, and the character is again brought to life for us with the accompanying decription.
23 Mar 2007 10:30AM
Lovely shot, u are always in the right place at the right time. Your shots are all so beautiful and you know perfectly which ones to put in B&W. I love viewing your picture's. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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