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Quiet on the street in the China Town neighborhood of Bangkok
Quiet on the street in the China Town neighborhood of Bangkok

IN THE PICTURE #05

In “In the Picture” photographers from all over the world share their 10 most favorite pictures of Thailand. See Thailand through the lens and read the story behind those pictures.

Hello, please introduce yourself.

My name is Thierry Julien, a Frenchman who lives and works in Bangkok since 2009. I was born in Aubagne in the French Provence, not far from Marseille. Photography has been my passion since I was 14 years old and I am lucky to be able to live from my passion. In my work my photography style is more about food photography and video, but in my personal photography style street photography is my favorite. I try to give people emotion with my photos.

#1

Large Buddha statue in the street of Bangkok

Bangkok, Augustus 2020
A big Buddha statue in the street of Bangkok. This is an area in Bangkok where you can find all shop who built Buddha statues for temple or people. The story is that I walked in day time the first time and when I saw the neon light on the wall, I thought that It will look amazing in night time with just the light on the statue, so I’m back there at night and shoot this photo.

#2

Two rice transporters in Chinatown, Bagkok

Bangkok, September 2020
Two delivery men on duty in Chinatown. I like to shoot on a rainy day, it’s more quiet and colors are beautiful. I waited in front of this coloured store for 15 minutes to get the right photos with nice subject and tase two guys just walked and I shoot it.

What is your favorite destination in Thailand?

I don’t have really a favorite destinations in Thailand. I love every place in Thailand! There are so many of beautiful places in Thailand for photography.

Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?

Some places in the North of Thailand.

#3

Street food in Chinatown, Bangkok

Bangkok, July 2020
Street food around the corner. You can find street food every where in Thailand and at any time. I saw this food stall early evening and went back in the night because I knew that with only the light on the stall it would give a special atmosphere.

Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?

Bangkok for his vibrant life, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai for the beauty in the north and for the mountains. Chiang Khan for the old city style and as a peaceful place and Koh Chang (Trat province) for the beauty peaceful beaches.

Where do you like to eat?

I don’t have really have a favorite restaurant. I like to visit the Ratchada Night Market where u can find so many different style of Thai food. But also I also like to discover street food stalls when I go out to do some street photography in Bangkok’s Old Town (Banglamphu area)

#4

Chinatown (Bangkok) at night

Bangkok, July 2020
Chinatown by night. I love shoot at night in Chinatown, life is vibrant and colors are amazing.

#5

Cycling in China Town, Bangkok

Bangkok, Augustus 2020
The quiet life of Bangkok s alleyways. I saw this guy riding his bicycle and turning in the alley, so I just run to shoot this photo.

Name a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by

When visiting Bangkok you should definitely visit some sky bars / rooftop bars for the great views. Examples are Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar, Red Sky and Cielo Sky Bar & Restaurant.

What is your favorite Thai dish?

Laab Moo Tod (kind of crispy meatballs), Som Tam (papaya salad), Moo Nam Tok (salad with grilled pork)… too many to list. Because Thai food is delicious!

#6

So Heng Tai Mansion in China Town, Bangkok

Bangkok, July 2020
This is So Heng Tai Mansion, a 230-year old mansion in Chinatown. I really like the place and colors of this place.

#7

Tuk Tuk in Chinatown, Bangkok

Bangkok, August 2020
A quiet night in Chinatown. I captured this photo when the driver start to move his tuk tuk. It’s a good frame with the Chinese signs in the background.

What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?

Any nice resort on a quiet beach.

Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?

Enjoy the trip and respect Thai culture.

Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?

Aroi mak (for food…It tastes very good or it’s delicious) or mai ped (means not spicy…) For people who can’t eat spicy lol.

#8

An improvised soccer field for these two soccer fans in Chinatown

Bangkok, August 2020
Improvised soccer field for these two football fan kids. Just walked in the street and saw this two kids playing soccer. I just waited to get the best action and captured it.

#9

Large illuminated sign at street food stall in Chinatown, Bangkok

Bangkok, September 2020
The colorful street of Chinatown. Same as before, I saw the place in the day time but went back in night time because I knew it will would be amazing at night with the lights.

What type / brand of camera do you use?

A Sony camera

Where can people find your work / photos?

Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?

Pavel Khon is a friend of me and amazing photographer. He’s doing a lot of beautiful street photography. Check his Instagram and see what i mean.

#10

Neon lighst at Siam Square in Bangkok

Bangkok, September 2020
Red Light. This place is in the Siam Square area, downtown Bangkok. I love the reflection on the big LED signs who reflect the red color in the street.

#11 (bonus)

Puddle of water reflects the city near the Wat Sakhet in Bangkok

Bangkok, July 2020
A parallel world. It was a rainy afternoon and I was at the Wat Saket (Golden Mount) to take pictures. When the rain stopped, I decided to move to another location and walked past this huge puddle. So, I decided to wait for a tuk tuk that would drive through this water to get a nice reflection photo.

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