I’ve already written quite a bit about my experiences traveling in Dhaka, and since most of my readers have a very short attention span or are semi-literate, (Did he just disparage his readers?) I am going to get right to the point and share a collection of photos from the capital of Bangladesh.
The one thing will I reiterate is this: although the photogenic people of Bangladesh are exceedingly friendly and very open to photography, it is very difficult to get a good photo because everything is so crowded and cluttered. Dhaka is visual anarchy. Every time I stopped to take a photo I attracted an audience and it was almost impossible to simply blend in and wait for the right shot. I look forward to returning someday now that I know what to expect because nothing can prepare you for the frenetic energy of Dhaka.
Dhaka Street Photography
Have you been to Bangladesh before? Do you have a favorite photo in the set? I’d like to hear your comments.
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Wow! Stunning pictures! A favorite? I wouldn’t know…I like them all. Are so colourful 😊
It is a very colorful country. Thanks for reading and commenting!
My pleasure! I love finding new places! 😊
Hmmm, tough call. Love the totally contented smiles amidst the mess in #9; the angle and smokey background of #10; the way my eye is drawn to the man in the shirt and tie in #11 and something about the colours and composition of #21.
#9 was one of many “group portraits” I took. So many times several people would pose at once and I’d get a shot. This scene is so weird too because they are just hanging out in this filthy auto shop. #10 was funny because a man came down the street blowing a mosquito mister thing filling the air with a big white cloud. Everyone went inside except the kids and photographers who chased him. This was taken during the aftermath. I guess #11 works because the guy in the shirt breaks the rhythm of the other rickshaws. Thanks for commenting.
Great post 😁
The shot of the beardo is rocking. Captivating shot. The old lady walking by the fruit cart is up there, too.
That beard was amazing! I just walked right up to that guy and took several photos and he didn’t even pay attention to me. Shooting people in Bangladesh is so easy. I like that lady too – something about that perspective shows how tiny she is. Thanks for commenting.
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I like all photos. Great layers, color and story 😊
Thank you. Bangladesh is a great place to work on layered photos since there is so much going on!
Despite the visual anarchy you got some fabulous shots! I think #21 is my fave among many faves.
A lot of people on social media and the blog liked #21 – I think the background, color, and at the diminutive lady make it a nice scene. It was one of the few times I could make an uncluttered image!
Jeff wonderful street photography and def hard to select favorites, but here are some I love:
11, 18 and 22.
And the one of the rickshaws is epic. I like the shave one too as I have quite a few versions of those from different countries, as where ever we are Ben loves to get a dollar shave on the street or in a small barber shop like this.
Looks like Moroccan tagine pots in the photo of the street food.
Thanks for some great visuals….
I love taking photos in barber shops because of the action and the mirrors although I never get a dollar shave because I have a beard! I image Ben gets to meet some interesting locals that way. I think the guy was making some sort of dessert in the “tagine” pots but I’m not sure. Thanks for your feedback – I am always interested in seeing what people like.
Great series of pictures, Jeff, impossible to pick a favourite. I must get myself on to one of Maciej Dakowicz’s photo tours at some point.
They are great fun. You get to shoot constantly for 7 days with likeminded people. Maciej is a great photographer and teacher and a great guy.
I’ve been to Bangladesh before, visiting a customer, and the dinners/discussions with my Bangladeshi friends there really opened my eyes.
As for photos, #23 is my favorite, as I think this would be a great place to work 🙂
That street was full of booths representing the political parties. The elections were about to happen and yes, I imagine it was a very interesting place to work.
What did your co-workers have to say? I am sure you could write a book about that.
If Indonesians didn’t need a visa to go to Bangladesh I think I would have gone there since my early years of traveling. However, it’s the historical places outside Dhaka that I most want to see, including the Somapura Mahavihara.
I want to go back and explore the countryside for sure. The visa process was really strange. I had a hotel reservation for 8 days so they gave me a 9-day visa. Do you know if it is difficult to get a visa for you? It wasn’t too hard for me but I think they recently made it much easier.
What I read on the internet was that to get a visa I would be required to come to the Bangladeshi embassy here in Jakarta for an interview. Maybe I should mention your name to them should I decide on going there one day.
They probably won’t let you in if you mention my name!
There are many incredible women in Bangladesh, working in the streets and moving about. I only see a few in you photos, and lots of men. Why?
There are a lot of incredible women in Bangladesh for sure, but the vast majority of people out and about are men. Perhaps I took more photos of men because they were more eager to be photographed and maybe I’m a little shy around girls.
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