ABOUT KHLONG TOEI SLUM
Before I talk about Street Photography Khlong Toei Slum, please read about the location. Around 20 percent of Bangkok’s residents live in illegal squatter settlements all around the city. Dating back from the 1950s, Khlong Toey is one of the country’s oldest and most well-known slums. Many inhabitants of Khlong Toey originate from the country’s poorer northeast who have been attracted by the work opportunities of the district’s river port and Khlong Toey Market, Bangkok’s largest wet market.. Aside from poverty, drug addiction is a very pressing problem among the slum’s youth. Methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine are the two most common hard drugs. Furthermore, basic amenities such as water and electricity are always in short supply.
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY KHLONG TOEI SLUM
khlong Toei Slum is just an awesome place to shoot street photography. Street photographers visiting Thailand should defiantly make a visit to khlong Toei slum.
The tiny soils are deal for high contrast black and white street photography and flash street photography. the local people are super friendly and do not mind you sticking your lens in their face, although as there are many visitors to the area they do tent to pose a lot for photos.Try to avoid the Soi’s with a lot of dogs as they can be very aggressive, getting bit would be a bad day.
Shooting street photography at khlong slums t is not for the shy. the people can be a little intimidating, especially the young tattooed guys drinking whisky
HOW TO GET THERE
The easiest option is to take the MRT on the (BLUE LINE) to either Khlong Toei MRT or Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT Station. From the MRT it is just a short walk past Khlong Toei Market, arriving at the Slums
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY KHLONG TOEI SLUM TIPS
- USE WIDE LENSES 28MM –
- FIND THE HIGH CONTRAST AREAS AND FIND THE VIBRANT COLOURS
- EXPLORE THE MAZE OF TINY SOI’S AND FIND THE LOCAL PEOPLE
- AVOID VISITING AFTER DARK SATEY CAN BE AN ISSUE LATE AT NIGHT
- DON’T BE AFRAID OF EXPERIMENTING WITH FLASH