While travelling towards Bangkok on a the train from Hat Yai i took some snapshots of the what’s going on alongside the tracks. I woke up after a good night of sleep and the sun was already high and bright. I’m not used to travel with air con, therefore i thought i lost the sense of time, as the temperature did’nt dramatically change as it does when you travel in a cheaper class.
I love the morning light: it’s sweeter than the midday one, yet is not as dramatic as the one around sunset. I thinkl the best pictures in Asia are taken between 5Am and 7 AM. The light is delicate, elegant and makes every subject worth watching.
I’m invisible: these people are so used to the train that they don’t even look at it anymore. This gives me even more protection. no one will ever turn his face to the lens, spoiling the natural feel of the images. Two friends are smoking a cigarette, and another man is going to feed the ducks. Few hundreds of meter later, a woman is drying her hair while soap operas are on the telly.
Even though these area might look poor and depressing i like the way these people live their everyday life, so close to the trains and their noise and pollution. This is a big Asian city, and each one finds his way out on the daily race.
After 16 hours, the train finallys stops. As i get out of the coach, the old tropical feeling is there to welcome me. I love being assaulted by the heat, the sounds and the smells of the tropics. People are already at work loading goods on another train ready to somewhere else: this city never sleeps.
Hundreds of people are already waiting for their trains sitting down patienly reading their newspapers. I walk towards the exit enjoying the idea of being in Bangkok again. let’s catch a bus for Banglamphu and let the adventure go on!