Crazy as it may seem, I some how had this naive idea that Thailand was nothing but peaceful,white sandy beaches, turqoise waters, coconut filled palm trees, and fascinating temples. Although I was not surprised on many of these points, what I was surprised by was the level of commercialism in Pattaya. Don't get me wrong, I had a fantastic holiday and enjoyed the sites and sounds wherever we went, but it was an eye-opener to see the number of bars (nothing wrong with that!) "go-go" clubs and the multitude of neon signage which flooded the area around Pattay beach.
I think this photo provides a good visual description of what I am talking about.
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colinbrenchley (6431) 2007-05-10 7:51
You have captured the busy-ness of the place in this shot. The compacting of the signs with a telepohoto has helped the composition
Tilapia (176) 2007-05-10 15:33
And it used to be a small fishing village about 30 years ago.
As mentioned above, you have captured the business of the street. I think that you could bring it all together a bit more with a little less sky above, and less of the road in the foreground. I've posted a workshop (my first one ... hope it works).
Great notes. Thailand is certainly a land of opposites and extremes.
kinginexile (2598) 2007-05-10 21:38
Myself, when I first came to Pattaya, some 20 years ago, I thought it was all palm tree and dirt roads, with a lot of bungalows and 3 discos.....One has to admit everywhere else followed that "neons rule" trend, not the "enviro-green" one, from Pai to Koh Samui.
I think thais love noise and garrishness, the more the better, still, notice things in your shot things that are eminently culturally thai, and denote reverences against the all-out modernism. The porttrait of the king high up, as it should, and the yellow shirt, which millions of thais wear, in reverence to their King again, as he reaches the twilight of his life, being 80. As someone said, land of contrasts, and Hurrah for that. Your shot offers this to the discerning eye. Yet, pattaya and its region deserve more that the constant lowdown report on the 2 main street and their bars, along the beach.