Street Photography Hua Lamphong station

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Street Photography Hua Lamphong station
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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY HUA LAMPHONG STATION

Street Photography Hua Lamphong station
© 2017 DAVID HITCHENS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. LEICA M

 

THE HISTORY OF HUA LAMPHONG

Street Photography Hua Lamphong a few facts and tips. The architecture of Hua Lamphong is absolutely clearly influenced by European train stations. The structure is divided into two main parts: the front building and the station hall. The first part was designed by Italian architect Mario Tamagno, who worked for the Siamese government. The station hall, which had been finished earlier, is steel-structured with an arched roof, with the two ends decorated with stained-glass windows.
Over the years, the station has been constantly renovated – including a big repair after a shocking accident when a driverless locomotive rammed into the hall in 1986. Today, the waiting lounge is air-conditioned. The building has also been repainted to match the original colours.

EVEN MORE ABOUT THE STATION

Thai trains and the single track have not seen much modernization over the past century. As the city’s main entry point, Hua Lamphong welcomes all kinds of travellers and the area around the station has developed a unique charm. There are rundown buildings, dubious joints, and cheap hotels, but also stylish stops aimed at foreigners and younger commuters.
As night falls, mysterious som tum and ya dong (herbal liquor) hawkers start to occupy the space in front of Hua Lamphong, MRT and the soi behind the station. Food and drinks are not the only selling points since the female vendors and male customers can sometimes negotiate other services. This has gone on for at least a few decades. Once in a while, business disappears from the scene when the authorities actually carry out their duty.
Hua Lamphong is a place of transit, but for many, it’s also a place to stay.

© 2017 DAVID HITCHENS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. LEICA M

THE PEOPLE AROUND HUA LAMPHONG STATION

This century-old station has become a hub for the homeless. The area around Hua Lamphong may give off an unpleasant aura to those who pass through it, but for those who have no place to live, the station is where they feel safe. Up until recently if you were visiting the station in the evening you would find the station filled with homeless people sleeping on every inch of the station floor. The government has now introduced new rules. Stopping the homeless from sleeping around the station in the evening. Thus, improving the look of Hua lamphong station and the safety of people visiting the location.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AT HUA LAMPHONG STATION

When it comes to street photography in Bangkok, Hua Lamphong Station is going to be the first place that comes to mind. It will also be the first place anyone recommends with good reason. There are alway plenty of photographic opportunities at around the platforms of the station as well as on the trains in the platform.

HOW TO GET THERE

The easiest option is to take the MRT on the (BLUE LINE) to Hua Lamphong MRT Station.

Another Option if you like walking is to take the River Boat to Phra Prthit Pier (14 ฿) take a g walk around china town and finishing at Hua Lamphong station.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY HUA LAMPHONG STATION TIPS

  1. USE WIDE LENSES 35MM + (MY PREFERENCE IS 28MM)
  2. USING HIGH ISO (800 – 1600)
  3. SHOOT EARLY MORNING AND LATE AFTERNOON FOR THE BEST LIGHT
  4. LOOK FOR THE TRAINS IN THE PLATFORMS AS THERE IS ALWAYS GOOD LIGHT BETWEEN THE PLATFORM EDGE AND THE TRAIN
  5. FIND THE INTERESTING POCKETS OF LIGHT
    DON’T BE AFRAID OF GETTING INTO THE TRAINS TO SHOOT

*NOTE* RECENTLY THE SECURITY STAFF HAVE BEEN STOPPING PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM SHOOTING. THEY DID TRY TO STOP ME A FEW TIMES FROM SHOOTING AT THIS LOCATION. THOUGH SPEAKING TO THE STATION MASTER OR ANY OF THE POLICE OFFICERS AT THE STATION RESOLVED THIS IMMEDIATELY.