There are many tuktuk images in TrekEarth (perhaps not as many as Petronas towers...) yet I wanted to bring my point of view, not that I think it's invaluable, but thought the lith print rendition would help recall the experience and the gritty feel of a tuktuk ride through nightly Bangkok streets.
This is my also a tribute to Steely's image which I think gives the "closest to viewing" image of riding into a tuktuk.
If you never rode a tuktuk just imagine how you'll have to convince the tuktuk driver in simple words that the ride to Patpong is not worth more than 30 bahts though he demands a hefty 100.
Then have your share of hot fumes, burnt oil smell and intolerable engine roar, all of it accompanied with such speed and bumps that you expect your 3 wheeler to overturn at the next street crossing.
Fortunately enough, the driver stops his engine at the first traffic jam and starts speaking about Zidane or Beckham whereabouts (It is notorious that all Bangkok tuktuk drivers know everything about the footballers lives but still want to know more from you, just in case...).
I'll stop doing humor now and let you imagine the gloomy life of an open tuktuk driver through Bangkok heavy polluted traffic, breathing their air at trucks' exhaust pipes level and under an average temperature of 32°. Thais say that all tuktuk drivers take yaa baa, which is cheap local amphetamines, to survive... I can believe that their life is not a magic carpet ride...
For people who haven't been in Thailand yet, and despite what I wrote, taking a tuktuk is really part of the experience moreover it's faster than any other taxi (you won't also catch any flu like I did with the wild siberian aircon of the only taxiride I took in Bangkok).
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scalerman (26900) 2004-10-17 18:59
Luko, you amaze me with your eye and your luck and your Leica. I've always sought clarity and true color. You take a *completely* different approach to photography which is humbling for me.
But personally, I'll take the metered Taxis over these little monsters.
robiuk (10807) 2004-10-17 19:13
Very fat and tasty piece of photo, Luko!
Rich in line and contours, thanks to you & Leica.
Sense of speed yet clarity spot on, then perspective...
I'm really happy for you!
eleparc (24063) 2004-10-17 19:21
same thing in Delhi, i swear... and far more dangerous too;-)) a scary experience... nice b&w photo luko;-) il really like it despite my usual feeling about heavy grain, blur and so on...;-) congrats!
WALTERito (351) 2004-10-17 19:32
been there, done that ;-)
Darren (6823) 2004-10-17 23:58
This is one of the few shots I really like where nothing is really sharp. I think the blur and the graininess kind create a Blair Witch thing. I also really like how his license is displayed and where it falls in the photo; a really nice little detail. The only tiny distraction for me is the car in front of the tuktuk. Not that it is unusual have a car on the street, I just wish it was off to the side as opposed to the middle. Also, some spots on your neg that could have been cloned away, although they don't really do any damage.
Good note, although I tend to go to the metered taxis unless it is very late at night and I have been drinking. Strange, my experience with tuk tuks seems to involve Patpong.
avis2avis (4264) 2004-10-18 1:09
Hardly any details and completely approximative. Only a few lines and blurry shapes suggesting what this composition must be. And yet, surprisingly I find the result interesting. Even fascinating. I guess this is bending more towards graphic art.
manny (21833) 2004-10-19 3:09
Even the driver's driver license is seen. Nice. Cool is the word actually! Good way to present reality.Y ou are giving me some ideas.
maciekda (19895) 2004-10-19 10:49
ha, difficult to comment this shot. manny used a good word here : cool. yes, it is a cool shot, it may give an idea how the tuk tuk ride is to those who have never experienced it i think.. lots of contrast here, strong dark tones... moody stuff
clodreno (0) 2004-10-19 11:05
I simply love this image.
J'en ai pris je ne sais combien dans des rickshaws, sans jamais avoir pû atteindre ce résultat. Je reconnais que dans ce cas, le noir et blanc est vraiment supérieur.
Très belle image,
torben (3100) 2004-10-19 15:27
The lith film makes a cool graphic expression and in this shot the bokeh doesen't suffer so much from the hard contrast as in the other photo that I never got around to write a critique of in the first place (very nice photo though).
The darkness in the center and the light rushing in from both sides makes the scene very dynamic, I didn't know that tuktuks rode that fast.
flydragon (0) 2004-10-20 3:50
une image tres impressionante
tout autant que la première virée
dans ce moyen de locomation satanique hahah
avec lequel je me suis senti une éponge
absorbant toute la polution de BKK
belle vision, elle me rappelerais un
retour a l'hotel avec une ou deux Shinga de trop ,o)
désolé j'ai été un peu absent ces derniers temps
demain la valda ,o)
Proxilva (2157) 2004-10-21 13:28
great action luko!
it has a movie-like still shot feeling.. I like the harsh contrast with the light background outside the tuktuk, it really gives you the feeling of being inside one... the vaque visabillity of the portrait and the licence of the driver helps a lot to that aswell...
sohrab (7439) 2004-10-23 9:07
i can imagine sean connery sitting behind vijay amritraj in one of the scenes from "octopussy"
your perspective is nice , but what makes this image so special is the tone and the grains here.
i love it
take care :)
RGatward (20086) 2004-10-29 5:14
It was Steely that I thought of when I was this. Both great shots, the B&W gives it more moody feel, but I think, in this case, detatches the veiwer from the image rather more than the coloured approached. Anyway, I think this is a great inventive shot. It's interesting to compare this with the very relaxed tuktuk experience you get from Cambodia's super-careful drivers.
Bogdan (205) 2004-11-02 14:41
I like the grain and fuzziness..i gives the impresion of a drunk man, or a scared man on this ride. I really like your pov, vou place me into your optical nerve, and i see it this way because my slow processing speed. As for your technique..i have a lot to learn from you, as i have told you on previous encounters. Leica rules, i wish i had the money to get one.
Galeota (10352) 2004-11-06 14:47
This is the second time I'm trying to post a comment on this photo. The one I've written yesterday just vanished without notice.
Well, exactly as Steely's photo, which is almost the same composition, this image brings me back the unforgetable souvenir of my first tuktuk ride. I of course had read that it was a priviliged way of having an insight (and smoky...) look of Bangkok street life. Ah! That's for experienced users!
As soon as I took a seat in that infernal machine, I was incapable of enjoying the sightseeing during the whole ride. The "interior" (!?) of the tuktuk is so much amazing and full of surprises for the unadvertised tourist... When I got out of it, I could describe every single detail of the tutktuk's interior. Like in a dream where each single element has its importance in the context, although it's pure nonsense in itself.
The noisy engine, the gas smell in the air, the driver's licence floating over his head, the used and kitsh look of the seats, the cheap design of tourist's warnings, and the fuzzy scenery around it.
Although it lacks the harmony (and silence...) of the vietnamese cyclô, a night tuktuk ride in Bangkok is one of those magical moments in one's life. This photograph pictures it to perfection.
I am unable to comment on the image's quality. I can only say that it looks like a photograph picturing my own souvenirs, and therefore a reflection of my memory. Nice, nice, nice...
jiekuan (332) 2004-12-22 0:02
Nice B&W shot! it brings out the action of TukTuk.
Yes, TukTuk is cheap and efficient compared to taxi, it's another experience in Thailand.
- Copyright: Luko G R (Luko) (14000)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2004-08-00
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Leica M6, Voigtländer 21mm/4, Ilford HP5
- Exposure: f/4, 1/4 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Twins? [Part V], Tuk Tuk, Tributes to TE members [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-17 18:38
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