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How Do I Look?

By AlanBW
The above image was taken in the popular resort of Pattaya, Thailand, from the bottom of a flight of steps leading into a large shopping mall. Tricia and I had arranged to meet outside the mall at a pre-set time after browsing and buying. I confess to having a somewhat limited threshold when it comes to shopping and was therefore several minutes early, so I crossed the busy road and surveyed the beach and all the boat activity in the bay, taking a few shots in the process. As I waited for a break in the heavy traffic so that I could get back over the road to the mall, I spotted the Japanese tourist shown above, sitting at the top of the steps surrounded by an array of handbags on one of the outside stalls. As I approached slowly, camera primed in case there was an opportunity to take a shot, he was engaged in an animated conversation on his mobile phone and smoking a cigarette. I hung around at the base of the steps, pretending to be adjusting my camera, but all the time waiting for my chance. Suddenly the phone conversation ceased and the phone was thrust back in his pocket; the cigarette was stubbed out and I feared that the opportunity had been lost. Fortunately, a momentary gap appeared in the host of shoppers going to and from the mall just as he sat bolt upright and adjusted his headgear – and the camera clicked. I was intrigued not only with his pose and expression, but also his choice of clothing. What is it about being on holiday that engenders sartorial insanity in some tourists?

Shortly after I had succeeded in taking my shot, Tricia emerged carrying a couple of shopping bags and we set off for a leisurely break in our activities, calling at a nearby bar so that I could view my latest images and Tricia’s buys – and it was also time for an ice-cold Chang beer!

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Travel General Man Candid People Thailand Pattaya Tourist Portraits and people

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MaryMac 15 258 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 8:31AM
another great candid shot at which you really are the best Alan Glad to be back on the site and will pop in again thanks for looking at my pics
13 Mar 2007 8:37AM
Alan, once again you have great success with image, description and patience.

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
13 Mar 2007 8:55AM that is some outfit!! Very Japanese hiphop youth. He could even pass off as Thai, especially with the that brownness of his legs!

I think his outfit is meant to show up the bags at the

Very good capture, Alan Smile

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
13 Mar 2007 8:55AM that is some outfit!! Very Japanese hiphop (semi-)youth. He could even pass off as Thai, especially with the that brownness of his legs!

I think his outfit is meant to show up the bags at the

Very good capture, Alan Smile

13 Mar 2007 8:57AM
Great shot Alan, worth the wait. I would have been with your wife buying shopping bags!

13 Mar 2007 9:29AM
Love the story and the clandestine approach to getting the shot Alan, You have to be confident to wear some things or as you say "on holiday" great image, well done on patience too, Adrian
Tandberg 17 1.2k 2 England
13 Mar 2007 9:54AM
Looks like a Chief or head of a gang LOL

Nice one Alan
HowardA 14 231
13 Mar 2007 10:00AM
Surely too old for a Sk8er Boi but he's trying hard!
Mavis 19 143 2 England
13 Mar 2007 10:07AM
A great candid Alan and a great story xx
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
13 Mar 2007 10:36AM
a fine shot..great discription usual
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 10:39AM
Great candid Alan love his expression.

Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
13 Mar 2007 11:19AM
Your candids are so wonderful...I have tried, but never successfully! This is so amusing....and I agree tourists are a strange breedSmile
13 Mar 2007 11:32AM
Brilliant candid shot... excellent detail in this and I agree too, tourists are definitely strange. helen
xinia 16 54
13 Mar 2007 12:34PM
your descriptions bring so much to reading the images Smile - a super shot
Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 12:40PM
Good capture Alan and as always the narrative is topnotch. In fact I was particularly interested to find out how you always manage to capture great candid shots: I can now see the cheeky technique of pretending to adjust camera etc. Wink Mastering this technique is an art in itself, let alone taking pictures! And as far this tourist’s taste for clothe, it’s a disaster… but it sure makes a colourful picture! Click

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
13 Mar 2007 1:35PM
Nicely timed, it was well worth the waiting.
panda 16 5 1 England
13 Mar 2007 2:38PM
Nice colourful shot Alan, might I respectfully suggest a slight softening of the focus on the bags etc. in the background.

Regards Phil
13 Mar 2007 2:53PM
I like so much the composition and details, but maybe i would like a little bit more contrast or less brightness.
canongirl08 15 18 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 2:57PM
Great candid capture Alan
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
13 Mar 2007 3:30PM
What an outfit ! Alan this is brilliant ! Superb candid work.

Briwooly 15 454 6 England
13 Mar 2007 3:50PM
Great candid and a brilliant title

Rock 18 10 2 England
13 Mar 2007 4:33PM
Could tell a few tales about Pattaya.

Another Great Grab Shot.

13 Mar 2007 4:50PM
Looks like he thinks he's a smash hit with the ladies. Very nice candid. You sure have the knack for getting them with their pants down(so to speak).

A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 4:54PM
superb timing - excellent colour and composition.
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 5:04PM
brilliant write up and a excellent candid capture alan, well done.

AnthonyR 15 5 Wales
13 Mar 2007 5:22PM
Super candid image Alan, it makes me want to giggle, well done.
mickp 15 9 7 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 5:40PM
Another good candid shot from your travels.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
13 Mar 2007 5:55PM
A cracking colourful Candid shot Alan, he certainly stands out in a crowd! He reminds me of a Thai version of Harry Enfield's Kevin with his baseball cap on back to front. I bet he's got real street cred! lol
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 7:05PM
Interesting candid Alan.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 7:13PM
Everyone to his own, Alan. I never cease to be amazed at clothing nowadays, anyway. And if he hadn't been such a colourful character, would you have taken the shot???
Another super candid.
myrab 14 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 8:24PM
Agreat candid shot, you are so good at these.
Thankyou for taking time to comment on my shots.
Regards Myra
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 8:44PM
I agree: great shot, so skillfully fitted in with everyday life. I like the bags in the b/g.

Thank you for your comment so kind.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
13 Mar 2007 8:49PM
bring on the beers! great shot

Possum 14 148 England
13 Mar 2007 9:26PM
Sartorial inelegance at its very best! He'd probably die of embarassment if he knew he'd been caught in the same shot as those handbags.. terrific as ever!
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
13 Mar 2007 9:32PM
Well-taken and presented, Alan
forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 9:39PM
Superb candid shot, as always!

firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
13 Mar 2007 9:43PM
really nice capture, Alan
trissie 14 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 9:44PM
A great candid capture Alan, love the story.

Trish x
Djemde 17 1 Tuvalu
13 Mar 2007 10:21PM
Splwendid. He looks ready for battle!
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
13 Mar 2007 11:12PM
C'mon now Alan, be fair. He's well dressed compared to the Russian gentleman you once showed us. BTW another great candid and narrative!
Rgds., Jim
KingArthur 14 8 Malta
14 Mar 2007 12:15AM
Fantastic candid Alan, lovely shot! You're excelling well in this field, keep it up!

jakcie 14 8 Ireland
14 Mar 2007 2:33AM
I agree You are the best street photographer in ezine. Every photo u take is full of energy. Great work Alan.

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 5:35AM
you capture some amazing images and all with great stories
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
14 Mar 2007 6:22AM
Looks like he is ready for street war! Wink Spot on! Click!!!

Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 6:55AM
this is brill the colours and detail just ace well taken
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
14 Mar 2007 8:16AM
Cracking candid - love the pose and expression. Bruce
TonyA 16 11 Spain
14 Mar 2007 9:36AM
Great candid image of this fellow with a very peculiar attire. Love the story describing your technique.

angelamary 15 6 England
14 Mar 2007 11:06AM
... Lost for words really... at least we now know it's not just the English that do it! (Or is that not PC? He could be English... and caught the habit very, very badly...?) You caught him well though!
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
14 Mar 2007 11:38AM
looks like he is ready to fight tightening his headband just like rambo did before battle glad he didn't catch ya???

great capture
vparmar 16 7 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 3:00PM
superb candid shot Alan - well taken

tuhin 14
14 Mar 2007 3:19PM
Beautiful. A Man.
Malc_V 15 England
14 Mar 2007 4:03PM
Brilliant capture Alan, an excellent candid image.

Lose them socks man.

LauraBeans 15 32 Scotland
14 Mar 2007 4:19PM
excellent candid shot. Well worth the wait!

gajewski 16 10 9 United States
14 Mar 2007 4:25PM
Great candid, Alan. -=Walter
15 13 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 6:10PM
Another belter of a candid Alan.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
14 Mar 2007 6:30PM
Very Western influenced.Lovely candid image Alan,did you hand him a mirror lol.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
14 Mar 2007 8:17PM
Very colourful image Alan.All that gear on was he expecting bad weather ???

RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 8:25PM
Wonderful! You do so well with these candid images. A good reward for your hard work and risk of arrest!

elph 15 10 Russian Federation
14 Mar 2007 9:17PM
Candid! Guess it's Mike shopping mall Smile I've bought some items there Smile

Hughmondo 14 14 Zimbabwe
14 Mar 2007 10:53PM
it's like stepping into a time warp looking at him!
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 11:13PM
Great candid Alan, I love these shots you manage to capture people without them knowing and it always leaves you wondering what they're thinking.... superb description
Karen Smile
15 Mar 2007 4:21AM
Absolutely great capture Alan! What a great shot of street life and the people on it!

GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
15 Mar 2007 6:28AM
Thanks for your comments,Alan
Have a great day!
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2007 8:08AM
Great story behind the picture as always Alan
hebdens 15 5
15 Mar 2007 8:21AM
he looks pretty contented, great style !Nice capture, great read.
rhiw_com 14 24
15 Mar 2007 10:09AM
Your image are always so full of detail Alan, superb capture and account.

Rg Tony
iajacks 15 24 England
15 Mar 2007 1:48PM
thats a very flamboyert look and very colourful, well spoted ian
BigK 15 8
15 Mar 2007 1:49PM
Cool Dude. Nice phot.

PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
15 Mar 2007 3:44PM
You really have an eye for patterns and colour, and then good timing too, so you can capture the moment!

thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
15 Mar 2007 5:37PM
Hi Alan,
Hope you had a great chang beer and enjoyed it as you got a brilliant portrait of this guy adjusting his head gear and the detail is spot on.Stunning work and photojournalism.Take care.AnnSmile
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2007 7:04PM
Superb colourful candid shot,excellent work here Alan.

Phoebecat 15 1 Italy
15 Mar 2007 7:13PM
Fabulous candid - so, it's the 21st century then, is it?

TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2007 8:04PM
Brilliant candid shot well exposed
beriah 15 1 Canada
15 Mar 2007 8:20PM
Hi Alan, I see you have been busy capturing more characters lately! Quite the get up this guy has on but then again I have been wearing zebra striped close up glasses lately - sure hope no one has taken a snap of me, haha!! Excellent work as always!
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
15 Mar 2007 8:56PM
Great shot Alan. You are certainly right about the clothes people wear on holidays. Guess that's why tourists always stand out like a sore thumb.

Pegon 15 78 1 England
15 Mar 2007 10:59PM
Nice timing Alan, a good candid with great colours and excellent clarity.
16 Mar 2007 2:18PM
Excellent colourful capture.
16 Mar 2007 6:26PM
Well caught moment,great shot Alan,well done.

una 17 10 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 6:51PM
Great candid shot, like his expression.
Well seen & executed Alan.
16 Mar 2007 9:40PM
A really great character shot. Clicked at just the right moment.
John (-:
Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 9:50PM
Alan I really love your candid shot and the stories what gose with them.
elcid 16 150 England
17 Mar 2007 5:52PM
Great candid shot, don't know how you get them so sharp, hand-held, great stuff mate.

ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 10:11PM
ricochico 15 6 United States
18 Mar 2007 6:00AM
Ahh this guy is original:-0 Just like you mateSmile Only his shows in wardrobe and yours as always within the frames. Missed Ya a bunch. Good to see you againSmile
18 Mar 2007 6:17PM
great capture at its best...........

18 Mar 2007 7:57PM
Great capture, very good. Here is your 100th click !!
danbrann 16 640 17
19 Mar 2007 11:59AM
Street photography at its best.Fantastic.
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 3:26PM
A very colourful shot with excellent clarity Alan. A good background narrative to the shot, your patience pays dividends.

Enjoy your upcoming trip and look forward to seeing the places you visit and the people you encounter on your return
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
21 Mar 2007 9:02PM
Nice one Alan..LOl

davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2007 5:14PM
Good all round shot

John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
26 Mar 2007 7:39PM
I think I would have been a bit scared to take this guy's picture in case he came running after me. Brave effort!! John
sputnki 16 10 Canada
28 Mar 2007 12:07PM
Heh, well I must say he looks like he'd fit right in at a NASCAR race....

Spot on!

wyatturp 15 2 England
5 Apr 2007 8:00AM
Hi Alan hope you are well , this is great ,well done

chodge987 14 20 Scotland
9 Apr 2007 6:52PM
Funky... Smile

VNelson 16 3 United States
18 Apr 2007 8:06PM
Love the shot, I'll have to practice your stealth instructions.

Juliet 14
28 May 2007 12:04PM
Fantastic shot. You are Alan great observer of people and also great writer.

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