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Keep Your Head Still!

By AlanBW
My sincere thanks to all who sent personal messages regarding the unexpected death of my younger brother, I really appreciate the sentiments expressed.

Thanks too for all the comments and votes on my previous upload, very much appreciated as always. I am still busy catching up on paperwork regarding the recent family events, so I have not been able to keep up with viewing images and portfolios, but I hope to catch up in the coming days. I'll have to click and run in many cases, so please accept my apologies.

Today’s offering is the first image uploaded that was taken with my new camera, the Fuji S100fs, which I bought to replace the S9500, which packed up on me after two years of heavy use. The image you see was taken in Bangkok on our most recent visit.

On one of our many explorations of different areas of Bangkok, we had taken the Chao Praya express boat as far as Wang Lang, looked the market area and then taken the ferry across to Prachan. From there we ambled our way along the road, stopping to look at a temple, before strolling through the area dominated by amulet sellers towards Tha Chang, near the beautiful Grand Palace. I was a little way ahead of Tricia, who was browsing the wayside stall with great interest. As I reached the corner by Tha Chang, I spotted the wonderful character shown above. He was squatting by a lamp-post and in front of him was a small square cloth covered in bric-a brac, which he was attempting to sell to the many passers-by. His amazing countenance commanded my attention immediately so primed the camera ready for action. I situated myself as close as possible without being too obvious about my intent, crouched down, propped the camera on my knee, tilted the viewfinder and waited for an appropriate opportunity. It proved quite difficult to secure a shot as not only were passers-by getting in the way, my amazing subject kept turning his head or dropping his eyes, but eventually I was able to get full face, if not full eye contact. I have included four images, which show some of the attempts I made to get the image I wanted – and how I was thwarted by his unpredictable head movements.

Tags: Face Travel General Expression Man Bangkok Candid People Thailand Close-up and macro Portraits and people

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sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 9:28AM
Hi there Alan,great write up and these shots are awesome
i thought this was your's before i opened it
take care now

Cormy 13 3 England
27 Oct 2008 10:13AM
Fine set,Alan.
tdc 13 39 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 10:13AM
Another excellent candid shot, you've got some amazing sotries in these photos.

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 10:16AM
I didn't know about your brother Alan..I am so very sorry.
This is a superb series and as always you have menaged to capture so much character. Take care.
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 10:37AM
great shot and title, looks like she has suffered in life Bless
27 Oct 2008 10:41AM
All four images are very, very good.

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
27 Oct 2008 10:47AM
Lots of details in this character

Barbaraj 14 450 England
27 Oct 2008 11:08AM
Well captured expressions.
peugeot406 14 7 1 England
27 Oct 2008 11:33AM
Super set of images
fentiger 19 920 24 England
27 Oct 2008 11:37AM
Great panel of studies of this careworn lady.

MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 12:29PM
Super set, very natural portraits
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
27 Oct 2008 12:36PM
I love how you portrait people in a very natural way. Hat's off Sir
27 Oct 2008 12:48PM
What a great portrait shot, very well presented.
danbrann 16 640 17
27 Oct 2008 1:01PM
Great pic of this attractive young lady. Poor soul has obviously had a hard life by our standards. it really does make one gratful for what we have ,together with our moderately easy and cosy lifestyle.
andy210966 13 4 119 Wales
27 Oct 2008 1:06PM
Superb set of images. Heartfelt photography - well done!
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
27 Oct 2008 1:12PM
Four nice shots showing a lot of the charactor of the man, we complain about little things and should be so grateful for what we have compared to less fortunate souls like this. - gary
27 Oct 2008 1:36PM
Great set of expressions.
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
27 Oct 2008 1:57PM
amazing series of images..
I hope that Tricia's mom is doing well...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2397 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 2:05PM
Four immensely powerful images of a face that's seen a lot and endured a lot. I know you look for the full-face, direct view of subjects but I must admit a preference for V4, where he seems more dynamic, positive, less passive. Maybe that's just my wishful thinking.
All the best,
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
27 Oct 2008 2:10PM
Beatiful set of candid portraits; V1 is good, but I think V4 is even better.
RTDS 12 Cyprus
27 Oct 2008 2:20PM
Another excellent set of captures.
Lovely details and great expressions.
Well done.
jondee 12 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 2:27PM
great images just keep them coming.
Rock 18 10 2 England
27 Oct 2008 2:37PM
The worries of the world seem to be on this ladies shoulders.

Great work.

A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 2:40PM
excellent set - detail and facial expressions superb.
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 2:49PM
A good set of character shots, Alan; your perseverance with him paid off. I like 1, 3 then 4.

videotec 12 8 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 3:04PM
Four great shots all superb--No Favourite all brill
Ayelet_A 12 11 3 Israel
27 Oct 2008 5:20PM
Brilliant portrait of a very interesting face, all shots are great, V1 certainly worth your persistence.

Silverzone 13 2 England
27 Oct 2008 5:27PM
Great character shots with various expressions. Sylvia
27 Oct 2008 5:41PM
A great old charater here Al, I'm suprised she let you take pictures of her. Very well done.

John Smile
wyatturp 15 2 England
27 Oct 2008 7:20PM
well done good to look at your pictures again Alan

challicew 13 1 1 South Africa
27 Oct 2008 7:43PM
I am always amazed at your ability to firstly find such unique characters and secondly to photograph them in such a sneaky way.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
27 Oct 2008 7:59PM
An excellent set of shots of this colourful local character, you've captured some wonderful expressions here
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
27 Oct 2008 8:08PM
I can't imagine how you can get these fine close-up candids!
Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
27 Oct 2008 8:26PM
A tremendous candid image Alan
pentony 13 3 England
27 Oct 2008 8:28PM
Super portraits

foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
27 Oct 2008 8:30PM
Another wonderful set of portait shots Alan as only you can produce.
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 8:31PM
What great tenacity you have, Alan. I'm sure most of us would have been satisfied with any one of these shots and moved on. Your patience was rewarded though I like the one you've chosen. It's an excellent portrait of an interesting guy.

oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 9:05PM
hi alan ,its strange how just a pic can say so many things ,esp a portrait of this type.
looks like the new camera is working well ,and glad to see your back with us
take care
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 9:09PM
Wonderful expression and beautifully captured.
Marilyn x
Malc_V 15 England
27 Oct 2008 9:17PM
Superb work Alan, love your portrait photography.

derekv 13 3 England
27 Oct 2008 10:52PM
Wonderful set of shots, Alan, superb detail in each.
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 10:55PM
all superb detailed shots, well captured
imagio 14 12 1 England
27 Oct 2008 11:31PM
All superb Alan, you've captured the essence of this woman

Hoffy 16 262 16 England
27 Oct 2008 11:46PM
Another great face.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
27 Oct 2008 11:51PM
Man or woman.I go with man !!!!
Good captures of his intense thoughts here.
Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
28 Oct 2008 12:08AM
Another fantastic set Alan, full of gritty character.

Best Matt
marc484ie 14 31 1 Ireland
28 Oct 2008 7:05AM
Cracking candid. This old lady looks like she has seen it all. Like version 1 the best.
JudeC 14 6 3 England
28 Oct 2008 7:12AM
Great set of images - better beard than me! - Jude.
ShedMan 15 3 2 South Africa
28 Oct 2008 7:42AM
Version 1 is definitely the best and shows the benefits of perseverance. I continue to be appalled at the shortage of teeth in Thailand! Smile

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
28 Oct 2008 8:10AM
Excellent selection of images of this lady Alan.Looks a fine character you have found.
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
28 Oct 2008 8:20AM
Such an interesting shot, I also thought it was a lady until I read your information, what a very worn face that has experienced such a lot, not all good....Great capture

tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 8:22AM
"that man's still there and he hasn't bought anything yet" Wink

Excellent set of portraits with great lighting and detail and capturing so much character
SPARROWHALL 12 26 England
28 Oct 2008 8:45AM
Cracking set of pictures.

Mavis 19 143 2 England
28 Oct 2008 8:56AM
A poor careworn face , looks to have had a very hard life . Prefer version 4 .
28 Oct 2008 9:14AM
You feel she just gets on with her life in an everyday fashion, nice shot
ugly Plus
13 9 57 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 2:37PM
Number 1 works really well for me....
You done really well....
Great work...
proz 16 205 United States
28 Oct 2008 5:48PM
excellent shot
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 6:08PM
hi Alan another rather excellent portrait. ian
28 Oct 2008 6:40PM
Superb set of portraits.
phototime 14 8 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 7:55PM
Excellent portraits Alan,well taken.

brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 8:08PM
You developed a great talent on these character shots Alan, great expressive images,
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 8:18PM
" tilted the viewfinder and waited" - that's the beauty of Finepix. I only wish that the 9600 had a view finder that flipped up in portrait as well as landscape. Saves my knees so many many times and its less in your face or obvious with the flip up viewfinder...................enough about the camera. Very expressive set of shots Alan. Sorry to hear about your brother.
RAYMO 13 2 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 8:29PM
Tremendous set of images, super photography...

28 Oct 2008 8:45PM
nice candids new camera seems good
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
29 Oct 2008 12:37AM
A good selection. Here's wishing you well with the new camera.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
29 Oct 2008 4:17AM
Not too thwarted Alan, I'd be more than pleased with any one of the four, you do come upon the most fantastic characters, he is right up there with your best!
Rgds., Jim
Ian-Munro 13 200 15 Wales
29 Oct 2008 8:59AM
Nice portrait of a character.

cassiecat 12 39 46 England
29 Oct 2008 9:01AM
face full of character, V1 for me.lesley
29 Oct 2008 10:42AM
Excellent work Alan, my favs are 1 and 3, well done.
SueTurner 16 81 3 England
29 Oct 2008 1:22PM
so sorry to hear of your sad loss, my thoughts are with you.

A really good series of portaits, am amazed at all the expressions you have captured, that is one place I would love to visit.

m3lem 15 England
29 Oct 2008 1:26PM
Fantastic shot, you have captured the character of this lady, nice work indeed.
Im very sorry to hear the loss of your brother, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
29 Oct 2008 2:06PM
Nicely portrayed, Alan.....Excellent portrait.

FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
29 Oct 2008 2:58PM
Excellent work again Alan, what a character.
franfoto 13 2 32 England
29 Oct 2008 3:05PM
Superb photography in the whole of this series. Excellent work.
Xiaoli 12 661 14 South Africa
29 Oct 2008 5:06PM
What a superb set of images. They tell an entire story. With oriental faces this man may have had a very hard life or he is very much older than we realise.

I won't bore you with repeating the comments above. They say it all. All I can add is another well done!
29 Oct 2008 5:40PM
exellent work i say
betts 13 1 England
29 Oct 2008 6:51PM
Sorry to here about your brother, very sad times.
Wonderful set of images.
paulb20 Plus
14 12 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 7:23PM
Fabulous set of images Alan.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
29 Oct 2008 7:37PM
a wonderful set of images of this person.
I'm very sorry to hear of your recent bereavement Alan my condolences to yourself and family.
Rach1970 12 14 1 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 9:05PM
Wow what a character! Brilliant shot.
peterboyce 13 1 England
29 Oct 2008 10:12PM
great set of images alan....peter
Paree 16 616 3
29 Oct 2008 10:20PM
brilliant shot
Grifoto 12 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 10:27AM
Excellent portrait, I wonder what she's thinking about ?

joetcat 14 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 10:43AM
fine p/f

nice to see you bucking the trend in portaits with your oriental faces A really good series of portaits

edavid 12 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 11:11AM
thanks for the comment on my padley gorge, its good to get your opinion, love your shots, do you ask before you take them?
microchip 13 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 8:36PM
A super character portraits excellent detail, super captures,
astyag 13 12
30 Oct 2008 9:11PM
It couldn't get touchier than this, great shot!
Well done!
MickS 16 23 14 England
30 Oct 2008 10:27PM
Watcha Alan,
excellent little character set/study.
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
31 Oct 2008 7:19PM
Hi Alan
Excellent portrait, fantastic expression.
Thank you for your comments
Frase 13 Scotland
31 Oct 2008 10:25PM
Fantastic set of images .
konu 12 31 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2008 8:22AM
great image
lostintime Plus
13 13 6 Germany
1 Nov 2008 10:08AM
What an amazing series Alan, you've captured some fantastic character shots with these.
1 Nov 2008 2:37PM
Fantastic images, like v 1 and 3, and excellent information.
WillieH 15 2 Scotland
1 Nov 2008 4:59PM
A lovely set of images Alan, great expression super. Sorry to hear of your loss.

Kindest Regards Willie
piccy 14 8 Wales
1 Nov 2008 9:09PM
Lot of life events in that face - hope things are looking up for you.
sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2008 9:15PM
Fantastic images once again with very interesting reading - Elizabeth
Pegon 15 78 1 England
1 Nov 2008 9:55PM
A superb set of images Alan.
BBB 13 2 England
2 Nov 2008 9:32AM
Grand set of shots Alan, I take it this is your GUM series???
AlanC1 14 1 England
2 Nov 2008 9:49AM
Great set as usual, you have mastered a very unique style of photography
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
2 Nov 2008 8:01PM
Hope all is well with you Alan..great shot of this well spotted and taken face..Looks well lived in and every line tells a story I bet...

pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
3 Nov 2008 8:54AM
heard & read many good things about this f 100 fs... this moving set has superb tones ;
excellent expressions captured ; number 4 has my preference here...
tuhin 14
3 Nov 2008 2:40PM
Nice One.
Dugi34 14 917 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2008 3:47PM
great detail and a fine collection of candids, thanks for your comment by the way.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
3 Nov 2008 6:36PM
fabulous mini-series

myrab 14 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2008 8:46PM
Hello Alan,
Good to see you back on line, hope you are feeling ok.

What a geat picture, just what we expect to see after your trips away.

Regards Myra
DebbieBMP 12 33 1 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 8:57AM
Yet another beautifully sensitive portrait - your work is superb many compliments from me on your great character portraiture
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 9:10AM
Such interesting candids. V1 being my favourite.
Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 10:49AM
I haven't commented for a long time but I must say Alan your candid shot a excellent & this image is no exception great image.

pentony 13 3 England
4 Nov 2008 11:43PM
Well captured.

thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
5 Nov 2008 7:35PM
Hi Alan,
long time since i've been in your pf,i'll have to fix that.What a candid,love the expression,texture of the skin,character of this person,detail,tones and hues and your writing about your travels as always.
Its good to be back in your pf again.
take care,AnnSmile
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
6 Nov 2008 10:48AM
Very expressive images Alan. V1 ia a good front piece but I think V4 is very good too.
Sorry to hear of your loss.
panda 16 5 1 England
8 Nov 2008 10:27AM
Super character studies of this well 'lived in' face.

Regards Phil
Ceciliat 16 6 Philippines
8 Nov 2008 8:30PM
Nice capture and expression of this woman. Well photograph sir...
steve_r 13 England
9 Nov 2008 9:57AM
GREAT SHOT. Great series of Images, great expressions.
Regars Steve.
Caledonia 14 2 Scotland
9 Nov 2008 10:32PM
Wow! Every line tells a story....these are amazing images. Dreadfully sorry to hear about your brother Alan.
10 Nov 2008 2:30PM
thank you for the welcome you left me and glad to be 150 on this terrific shot
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 5:41PM
4 fab detailed clear sharp shots
dont no were time goes thanks for yr vote bit different for me 2day
Milla 13 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 10:00AM
A fine set, v.2 works the best to me.
12 Nov 2008 4:04PM
Truly fascinating face here Smile
sitan1 Plus
12 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 5:19PM
Great portrait with a superb expression.
Love the look of the weathered face with loads of lines and bundles of character.
Simon Smile
koka 12 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 8:41AM
I study face reading and find your subjects fascinating. I can see what attracts you. well shot katie
DebbieBMP 12 33 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:43AM
I read your about you page today and am trying to work out which market town it is that you live in - we lived in Minety nr Malmesbury until 5 years ago and now live in Essex sorry about the odd way of messaging you but I don't have messaging yet Best wishes and congrats on your most amazing portraiture Debbie
24 Nov 2008 1:21PM
Your portraiture is perfect and this is a fine example of what you do best Alan, you even picked my favourite for the front copy. This just oozes character and experience and a certain type of raw knowledge. Great work as usual. helen x
TracyK 15 4 Netherlands
26 Nov 2008 10:27AM
Firstly, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I just saw your mention of it in your description. My condolences.
I must say that you have managed to capture the most wonderful characters on your travels. Your portraits are so interesting.
cjl47 13 5 3 England
27 Nov 2008 4:11PM
Commiserations on your loss, i never had a sibling so can only know how you fell by my other halves grief losing all five of her brothers and sisters.
A superb portrait, excellent.

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