This image was taken on Monday 9th December 2013 at 00:12. My wife and I were enjoying a wide eyed midnight stroll in Bangkok five days into the travel adventure of a lifetime. Inspired by Samsung and far too excited to think about sleep we stumbled across this car at the south west end of Rong Mai Alley in between Soi Rambuttri and the Chao Fa Road, Bangkok.
Although far less hectic than its nearby neighbour – the infamous Khaosan Road; Soi Rambuttri never really sleeps and is a perfect spot for a few late night Changs before wandering off into the Bangkok night.
I’ve got no idea how the car came to be in such a terrible state, how long it had been there or if it is still in the alley right now. What I do know is that everywhere you look in Bangkok there are a thousand different stories all jostling for position in a landscape that can be as tough and unpredictable as it is addictive and seemingly unfathomable.
One thing I have realised is that Bangkok quietly demands respect and both unwary traveller and resident alike can find circumstances rapidly overwhelming if they fail to recognise this essential term. It goes without saying then that amid the vibrant and colourful struggle of everyday life lurk darker traces and fading echoes left behind by those that have fallen.
I for one am fascinated by the spooky derelict buildings, the thousand-yard stares peering out from the shadows and indeed the abandoned spaces that seem to harbour energy from stolen moments that once linked them to the very same power that is driving the city. Lanx 2016