Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand

From the heart of the Bangrak district, my shot for this week’s photo challenge is an example of the contrast that is impossible to escape in Bangkok. At times I felt like I was in a dystopian world of fiction, with the wealthy living the high life in their skyscrapers while everybody else is left to forage for themselves in the dark underbelly of the city.

Of course it isn’t quite that extreme. But it’s not so difficult to imagine this kind of world after you’ve just walked down a dirty, hot and crowded side street full of the smells of Bangkok, into a 5 star hotel with a rooftop bar to boot.

I think part of what makes Bangkok such an exciting place to be is this quite obvious and ever present juxtaposition. It’s all very confusing and equally fascinating at the same time. The city is so unpredictable, your senses constantly overwhelmed no matter where you look. I’ve never been anywhere quite like it!

Have you visited a city with such obvious contrasts in every direction? How did it make you feel? Maybe you’d like to experience a dystopian world of fiction?! I’d love to hear from you!

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5 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

  1. Heyjude

    You would probably like India – Chennai is a good example with the IT companies blooming there – all modern glass side by side with hovels. Men and women in suits walking down streets filthy with litter and half-naked beggars. It is quite overwhelming, and leaves me feeling quite depressed about the human race.

    Nice photo though Ben, some post processing going on there?

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    1. Ben Post author

      I’d love to visit India some time, not just for the contrasts as you mention but for the colours too. I think I would be feeling the same as you if I’d been there though. I can imagine it’s quite an education.

      Yeah I used a preset in Lightroom called “Cross Process 2” and then a few adjustments to bring out the sky and shadows. I’ve not used that preset before, but have been experimenting with some different looks this week. It’s so much fun!

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      1. Heyjude

        I think it works very well here. I’ve been playing around with preset filters too, some I like, others can be a bit OTT, but like you say, it is fun!

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