Photographically this has been a productive week. As I mentioned last weekend, my friend Roman and I went about town and took images in Chinatown. I also had a few later nights and early mornings, where I had to take images. The mornings here are gorgeous. We sleep to the west, so we don’t get direct sunlight in, however we get the reflexion of the sunlight in as the rays mirror in the glass facades of the down town high rises. We have also had a waxing moon this week and thanks to an early rainy season, we have plenty clouds in the sky. But let’s start with the second part of Chinatown – where transmissions go to be revived.
We walked though the deep hidden back alley of Bangkok’s Chinatown and stumbled across this very old, yet two-color painted Fiat 500. It even has got suicide doors – door hinges in the back.
I love this scene, because to me it looks like the car was parked there and left. But how it got there, that’s where your imagination can run wild. Maybe it was a big heist, the car was used to escape and the guys were never caught. The car’s ben sitting there for ages and now just slowly withering away exposed to the elements. The rust on the car has become a structural element – which has been a problem with FIAT for ages. They used to say in Germany, that the rust problem at FIAT is so big, that even the paper clips that held the FIAT catalogs together were rusting. Still this is fine automobile design and history.
We spend sometime here shooting the car and a few trees, but then we moved on to a Chinese hardware dealer, who specializes in old transmissions. Apparently he disassembles them and sells spare-parts and maybe retrofits the better ones. I don’t now exactly, but that’s what it seemed to me.
The stack you see in the lower center ate synchronous bodies, they enable the transfer of power from one gear to the other. These are the parts you hear rattle when you can’t drive a manual transmission. They can be replaced, but it’s expensive due to insanely long labor hours.
Moving on to a three images I took at three different times of the day overlooking Bangkok.
Using the ever trusted iPhone I took this one of BKK at about 14:00 (2:00PM) in bright sunlight. Since the iPhone camera is essentially a glorified pinhole camera, the image did not require much post work. COnversion to B/W and a little contrast enhancement – voilá.
Finally, the beast in me found itself howling at the moon at night – most full-moons I wake up wide awake – it’s weird. In Johnny Cash’s words:” The Beast in me is caged by frail and fragile bars. Restless by day. And by night it rants and rages at the stars. God help the beast in me.”
Enjoy live and help those around you – as in random acts of kindness.