“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” Lord Darlington famously said in Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan (and of course more recently quoted by Chrissie Hynde in the Pretenders’ track Message of Love). This photo is un-retouched, other than overall contrast/brightness adjustments. Shot near Chiang Mai Gate, February 24th, 2014.
Chiang Mai, February 20th, 2014. I found a passageway between buildings with a shaft of sunlight beaming through an otherwise dark space. Pedestrians would quickly pass into and out of it. Once I got the exposure locked down for the bright sun rather than the dark passageway, I shot many, many pictures. I wasn’t able to get anything I really loved, but there were a few shots that piqued my interest, including this one.
Here’s a follow up to Monk and Motorcycle from a couple posts back. Shot February 15th, 2014 on Santitham Road, above the old city, near where I’m staying. I like this neighborhood a lot, it’s a lively, vibrant area where you hardly ever see tourists (unlike the old city which is lousy with them).