Several years

After several years of losing my “Photography Mojo” heres my first post in as many years. During this time I ended up buying the small yet powerful Fuji Xt20 to keep my hand in. Its an absolute beast of a small camera and if ever I felt the urge to shoot it never disappointed .It uses interchangeable lenses to allow for alot of flexibility .

A few months ago I had to go to Phnom Penh, the Capital of Cambodia . I had to go for Visa reasons and was in two minds whether to take my camera or not. Luckily I did and for some reason I was in Black and White mode ALL the time . I dont Know Why but its all I was shooting in and was kind of how I was viewing life there. I was in Phnom Penh about 8 years ago and today in 2018  it is unrecognisable . Its inundated with fully stocked Lady Bars, street Urchins are running riot and the millions of Tuk Tuk drivers where quite simply a pain in the Arse. Its certainly a few decades behind Thailand yet it was still a friendly place and I always felt relatively safe . I didn’t do a lot of photography but enough to get me back in the zone for a few hours and it kept me out of the many Bars selling Hanoi Draft Beer for less than a $1

2 months later I was in Hanoi the Capital of Vietnam and didn’t have to think twice …the camera was packed before my Calvins. Same strange thing happened though “Black and White”  was the setting AGAIN! . Fuji has an in Camera Acros filter that mimics the old Fuji black and white Acros film rolls and Photographers around the world are loving it . I spent several days wandering around the chaotic hustle and bustle hitting over 15km a day and was back in the zone like the old days . I would occasionally stop for my favourite Vietnamese iced coffee at one of the many welcoming coffee shops and never had a problem with decent food. They do love their Bread and noodles, so it was a good job I was on foot all day . Unfortunately there is a still a certain area where Dog is on the menu, but luckily its only a small area and I would think it would be easy to avoid dining there as you can clearly see whats for sale. Again I felt safe on the streets BUT you certainly need your wits about you. Chaotic is an understatement in the Old Quarter  as the locals go about there day to day life .. I always stay in the Old Quarter to taste the true grit of Hanoi.

I guess in my mind the black and white better captures the grit and strength these characterful cities have to offer . I still have few more months left here in Thailand so will be getting the tripod out and getting some more of those epic sunsets (in colour ). Then its back to the UK to earn some more of that money stuff (again) and the first thing I will be buying is the Fuji XT3. Read a few online reviews and seen a few reviews on YouTube and its looking like a Phenomenal Camera with a great price point. A friend of mine here in Samui has just bought one and said its certainly punching above its weight and is nearly a match for his Canon 5Dmk4 ..WOW!

 Been time rich whilst on my travels I love to take my time wandering around and soaking up the environment , the Camera allows me to do this and once I am in the zone its almost  like meditation  . I have amassed thousands of images from all over the place over the last 7 years so will always have plenty of interesting content to play with and will hopefully be tidying up my collection soon . Its a rather intimidating  job at the moment but its always fascinating to relive where I have been when I dig into my old folders.  I also  have a few exciting trips in mind over the next 12 months ,New York , Iceland, Arizona and Cuba should all be heading my way and the Xt3 will be my tool of choice due to its compact power and Tech.

I will still be keeping this website Live, as I mentioned in my previous post SEVERAL years ago, as its a nice way for me to reminisce and look back at my journey.  I have actually met quite a few people over the last couple of years that have checked out my website due to word of mouth , friends etc recommending they take a look . I must say its quite humbling and in a way kind of embarrassing as I haven’t put any fresh content on it for years ,so I need to raise my game a little and at least post a couple of times a year . I guess I was already contemplating posting again ( as if its a big deal )…BUT how can I  after “The Last Post”??  Well ironically yesterday  I received an email from my Smugmug account (this takes care of all printing and digital downloads) ..I had made another sale! I cleared $1 after tax for a digital download . As crazy as it sounds thats why I am prepared to lose money every year keeping “www.chrisbirds.com” live , I love the fact that somebody can buy and have bought my images . I am clearly never going to get rich with this mindset but it rocks my boat that I made $1 from my Art. The fact that it costs $200 a year to keep it live is another story and something I have to forget about , it usually takes around 24 to 36 hours after the annual automated payment has been taken for me to accept the loss .. lol .

So here we have some of the Black and White images I caught with the XT20 .Many have already been shared on my Facebook page  but as this is a more permanent way for me to document my journey here they are . I will do a  more vibrant post in the future …but it may take a while ..

Chris x 

Hanoi

In some religions you get in your next life what you do in this life..
The lady with plastic legs walking by our restaurant clearly had bad Karma to have lost her legs in this life(according to some belief systems)..even more so when the car unfortunately hit her and sent her rattling across the road..luckily her two plastic legs held on and after 10 minutes on the floor adjusting her prosthetics she was away..she must of been a bad bastard in her previous life..
Its strange as there are over 11million people in Hanoi flying around like lunatics and after 7 days this was the first accident we saw..
On our return from the stunning Halong Bay our bus had a flat battery, luckily 12 Vietnamese and myself managed to push start the bus …the problem then was the Aircon didn’t work so we had to have all the windows open just so we could breath ,the trade off then was we where on one of the noisiest / dustiest roads here ….luckily it was only a 4 hour journey. beep fxxking beep.
We avoided eating dog ( to the best of our knowledge ) and thoroughly enjoyed this amazing and diverse city.
I was here 6 years ago and its amazing the change..hotels and bars are up over 1000% and the place is one of the most vibrant you will ever see..it has it all.

Once again thanks Vietnam for a truly magical time..

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Barton Bike Night

Barton Bike Night.

On Wednesday 1st July 2015 between 5pm -10pm in Barton Upon Humber the Town centre again became the venue for the annual Bike Fest in the North Lincolnshire Market town. Approx 20,000 attended.

It was my first time there and as an old petrol head I absolutely  loved .

My best friend who sadly passed away a few months ago would go there every year without fail so it only felt right to finally check it out myself and see what its all about  ..

I actually managed to go on his old bike as well which was even more fitting .

Fantastic night was had and I will be back again too Barton without a doubt next year ..

Enjoy .

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Random by www.chrisbirds.com

Random by www.chrisbirds.com

Its been a crazy few weeks for one reason and another,but I still find my self playing with images as way to kind of relaxing..therapy I suppose.

So heres a few images that took my fancy recently ,there is a lot more diverse work coming soon..that I can be sure.

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Lost Lostwww.chrisbirds.com

Lotus

In The Grass
In The Grass

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Beautywww.chrisbirds.com The bus stop..Philippines style..www.chrisbirds.com Going downwww.chrisbirds.com Stopwww.chrisbirds.com Get some perspectivewww.chrisbirds.com www.chrisbirds.com Silkwww.chrisbirds.comCutefineart Dryingwww.chrisbirds.com Time passing byewww.chrisbirds.com
Hayabusawww.chrisbirds.com Aphroditewww.chrisbirds.com Up or downThe ladderThe Truck
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Thanks for the constant support everybody..Enjoy x

London street photography by… www.chrisbirds.com

London street photography by… www.chrisbirds.com

Out and about in the big smoke ..a absolutely amazing place for street photography .

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Into the Abysswww.chrisbirds.com The Shardwww.chrisbirds.com

London Bridgewww.chrisbirds.comThe Queens gate www.chrisbirds.comSecuritywww.chrisbirds.comI wishwww.chrisbirds.comAftermathwww.chrisbirds.comZooming through the undergroundwww.chrisbirds.comCircuswww.chrisbirds.comGoing downwww.chrisbirds.comLooking up
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New India Images always been added..www.chrisbirds.com

New India Images always been added..

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Still emptying memory cards from my India adventure..Looking through the Varanasi collection and my thoughts are I MUST return ..its truly a magnificent place ..there is nowhere like it on the planet..Been the oldest constantly inhabited city on earth you really go back in time several hundred years … that’s pretty a special trick ..I feel I will be in The Time Machine again soon x.

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The road sweeper

Images always been added..Still emptying memory cards from my India adventure..Looking through the Varanasi collection and my thoughts are I MUST return ..its truly a magnificent place ..there is nowhere like it on the planet..Been the oldest constantly inhabited city on earth you really go back in time several hundred years … that’s pretty a special trick ..I feel I will be in The Time Machine again soon x.

Angkor Wat temple site , Cambodia ..by www.chrisbirds.com

Angkor Wat temple site , Cambodia ..by www.chrisbirds.com

Its my second time here in Siem Reap and have to say it doesn’t disappoint..

Loads of things to see and do,the best temple site in the world , fantastic people and a history to humble anyone….Not forgetting the cheapest beer I have ever seen..

Angkor Wat

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Like a star
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India

Well I finally made it to India.

Its been hard work but so far so good.

I managed to scrape through Bangkok’s rush hour and squashed myself into the sky-train directly to the airport.

6 hours later I was in Mumbai.

The fun was then trying to find my hotel…its a pretty hectic city to say the least so I simply took a cab.

Well 6 actually …even though I had printed the hotels details in English and Hindi they couldnt find it.

After the 6th attempt I took to foot with my bags and camera gear not realising the extreme temperatures and humidity

The 2+ hours in the cabs nearly saw me off…there black in color and have no kind of  aircon…there simply ovens on wheels.

I didn’t realise how much fluid I had lost through the course finding my hotel and I was another hour + on foot .

When I finally got there I collapsed with heat extortion .

I awoke a few hours later in need of the toilet….yes I had picked up a bug already….

17 hours later I awoke again (luckily) and felt a little better but still very weak.

A fairly easy day was had (the main reason I couldnt  leave the toilet)

So day 3 I needed to book a train ticket to Delhi..Easy!

Theres 3 train stations in Mumbai…I went to all 3. …the internet is a wonderful tool but my hotel/Starbucks/McDonalds and every where else I went simply had no internet…so I was missing a major tool and after spending too much time with taxis etc I dropped the quest for WIFI.

When I got to the correct train station they informed me I had to buy my ticket from the other train station ?????obviously!!

 

So again 6 taxis later I was sorted.(I had to jump out of one Taxi literally…he was not good)

Its a 16 hour train journey to New Delhi and I was pretty unfortunate with the people in my room(or person), a Russian lady,french lady ,Nigerian man ,2 Indian men.

The Nigerian man gave of such a negative vibe it was unreal,I think the two lady’s where just about frozen,as was I to be fair.

He was huge about 55 years in age  and wore an old shiny suit with jet black sunglasses,he clearly disliked Indian people and was very loud/rude and ignorant,at one point one of the Indian men got the rail guard to take a look…it could of gone wrong really easy……16 hours….

The Indian man opposite me was wonderful,we couldn’t communicate verbally but he took care of me…

When my meal come with out a naan bread,I wasn’t going to make a scene as it was bad enough  in there…My Indian friend sorted it

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…he knew i was missing my bread,lol…

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