Walking Beside the Tracks in Bangkok

walking beside the railroad tracks in Bangkok

One of our walks through Bangkok, Thailand, took us along the tracks of a commuter railroad train that runs through the city. Many people live along these tracks in small shacks and sheds, making this a very impoverished area, even though it is just a few steps from large apartment buildings and shopping malls. It was interesting - and a bit humbling - to see how the people lived there. Many of them worked as vendors along the major streets, selling food and other items from their carts. It is not what many of us would consider the best life, but it is the life that they have.

This was another portion of the “prayer walk” that was mentioned in the graffiti park post. As you can imagine, we found plenty to pray about here, from the people working hard to make just a minimal living, to the children who were being raised here. Just imagine how it must be to be a child growing up in a situation such as that. Hopefully, many of them will be able to rise above it and move on to a better life as they grow up. But that isn’t always the case, unfortunately.

Of course, in a city the size of Bangkok, you can expect to find people living in every situation you could imagine. But it becomes even more real when you are there walking in these areas.

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. - Proverbs 19:17

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About the photo:
I was going for a strong depth of field here (focusing on the signs and having the background be out of focus), so I had the aperture on my lens opened as wide as possible to f/1.8. And if you are wondering, I don’t have any idea what the signs actually mean. I’m sure they are signals to the train engineer, but they are different from the markings that we have here in the United States. And in the interest of full disclosure, I filled in a large blown-out portion of the sky with more greenery, because the blown sky took too much attention away from the railroad sign.
A single RAW exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about the photo software and gear I use at the camera gear page.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Olympus M.Zukio 25mm f1.8


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