Now, I hope I have your attention with this title. But just to be clear, the entry is completely G rated – no skin or anything behind that. Instead, take the title literally as colorful as in full of color. Saturday and Sunday have been productive days photographically speaking. Saturday night we walked to the Asok BTS overpass and just shot the intersection. Sunday, we were once again treated to go to the top of the world, as I call it now.
Th intersection of Sukhumvit Road and Ratchadaphisek Road is a super busy intersection twenty-four hours a day. The waiting times are up to 360 seconds (6 minutes). When I took the image, there were 28 seconds left before the next green phase.
When I took this image, I wanted to capture the yellow streaks and the red streaks of the opposing lanes. I like the image in black and white, too, but in color it reminded me immediately of a the intensity of a Star Wars laser fight in space: “Gold three here, Leader Gold, my proton torpedo is jammed….”
Now up to the top of the world. I have to say, I really love heights – being above it all and having a clear view of things is great. Being on top of our towers is fantastic. There is the view obviously, but then there is also the calm breeze. The heat is actually bearable and most amazingly, the noise that is a big part of Bangkok, is almost gone – it is quiet, beautifully quiet. Well, and the view, the view is just amazing to me – three hundred sixty degrees unobstructed, literally on top of the world, in a city that is three meters above sea level.
Next up the view of the river. Looking at the river as it lies calm and slow cutting its way through Bangkok. It hides all the crap that literally flowing through the city right now (Floods, we have a flood here in Thailand – still!), but it also gives the city an almost normal non-frantic appearance. In reality, the city is bursting at the seams and the tension between “Haves” (in incredible excess) and “Have Nots” (mothers sleeping with their babies under bridges) is bigger than I can often consciously bear to see. What I mean by that, is that if one walks around Bangkok with all senses engaged, one must build up the ability to look away and not least not register. This is a great city to live in as an expat, but the excessive wealth that is on display here is balanced with abject poverty and if one cares to think about it with horrible social injustice. For example 5 year olds are supposed to be in bed at 1:00 AM and not cleaning car windows on traffic jammed Sukhumvit in the hopes of making a few extra Baht. Nobody has any dreams of these kids to become engineers, doctors, artists. Instead the girls are encouraged to become a masseuse, where they learn quickly that they can make extra money by jerking off Farang men.
Again, I love living and working here, but it is all to easy to fall into the trap and believe in this “Expat-Lala-Land”. But enough of this on with the beauty o Bangkok from high above.
Finally, the sun is actually setting as a big, fat, red ball – probably the only advantage of having brutal air pollution – the sunsets become spectacular.
When I lived in Pacific Beach, we’d watch great sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and if it was a clear horizon, we’d hold our breath to see the elusive Green Flash. In Bangkok, you want a few clouds low on the horizon and you can see a great light show in the sky above the horizon clouds. Bangkok is great and has a lot of nice things to offer – sunsets being one of them. Unfortunately, there are also people in this city for who the sunset is the last thing on their mind.
Alright, stay sharp, keep your senses engaged. Your time here is finite, soak up as much as you can.
xoxoxo Markus \m/ (always wanted to do this “xo”-thing)