Khao San Road w/ Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8

hair braid mannequins on khao san road

Images shot with the vintage Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8

Khao San Road, Bangkok.

It’s been done. Countless times.

As have many of the tourists who go there.

I still remember the first time I went, all bright eyed and bushy tailed. Some things excited me and others really didn’t.

And yes, I did fall for the tuk tuk scam.

“Oh, that place you’re going to? Yeah, closed mate. King’s Buddha Birthday-day. Get in my tuk tuk, I’ll show you a better temple anyway. Hang on, you know what? I’ll take you to them all. Yeah mate, all of them. For a ridiculously cheap price. You look like you need a new suit too btw.”

“Oh, right. Good job we found you. Would’ve looked stupid otherwise, going to this shut temple…”

I still see people, when I go back, falling for the same trick.

First time in Bangkok, lads?

Tuk tuk

Khao San Road photography

On one of the occasions I was back in Bangkok, I took a walk around Khao San Road with the Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8.

I wanted to capture the real essence of the place through a vintage lens, so I fixed it onto my Sony mirrorless camera – a great choice for your travel and street photography and available here on Amazon – and went in.

When I say the real essence of Khao San Road, I mean the same same but different vests, the daytime drunks, the stupid trousers, the street food, and the Chang t-shirts.

The whole Khao San Road market; be that clothes, souvenirs, or meat.

The pictures you see here are the result of that day.

khao-san-road-same-same

khao-san-road-market-trousers

khao san road tattoo

khao-san-road-hair-braiding

khao-san-road-monkeys

Khao San Road back street

Perhaps you’ll notice that there aren’t actually that many photos, and that a few of them look quite similar.

Mannequin heads in particular.

That’s because my day of shooting with the Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 was unexpectedly cut short.

However, before it came to its premature end, I did walk down a back street parallel to Khao San Road.

This allowed me to add a few more serene images to the set.

buddhist fingurines

khao-san-road-reggae-bar

bangkok graffiti dove

Cat on a motorbike

The cat on the motorbike was really the beginning of the end.

As I headed back onto Khao San Road proper, I heard someone calling my name.

It’s always a touch worrying when that happens and you don’t think you know anybody in town.

Surprised, I turned around to see a friend from Shanghai sitting there with a beer.

Of course, this being Khao San Road, I had to join him.

And so my day of taking pictures – and this photo essay – was over.

I maintain, it wasn’t my fault.

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A street photography set from the famous Khao San Road in Bangkok, lovingly taken with a vintage Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 - come take a look!

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