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The Lone Singer ~ Thailand

A moody portrait of a lone singer playing in a cafe in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


The musical scene in Chiang Mai is really good. There are many young bands playing in different bars every night. Some are really talented and others just make you want to rip your ears off and go drown in the moat.

I once went to a popular bar alone to chill out and maybe meet and socialize with some new travelers in town. In normal days, it’s packed with happy couples or groups of friends enjoying their drinks while the crazy bands play their tunes.

The band was scheduled for 9pm, I arrived there earlier to get a seat at 8.45pm. The place was empty.

I watched the band set up their instruments and start playing. The bar was still completely empty. It felt funny to be all alone in the whole bar sitting in front of a band playing just for you. I felt like a VIP. I even managed to clap alone after each song while exchanging awkward looks.

At least I had the occasion to take some moody portraits.


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  • http://www.hecktictravels.com Pete

    Great shot. Looks like you got one of the best seats. Music is such a huge part of my life and each place I go I try and find a venue for local musicians. And thanks for the tip at the end regarding low light.

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you! Yes I think I really had the best seat.. or all the seats.

  • http://www.picsof.asia Lemerou

    Great shot !
    And i agree about the music scene in Chiang Mai.
    I’ve seen some great gigs over there…

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Yes, Chiang Mai is quite alive with music at night. Thanks!

  • http://www.kirstenalana.com/ Kirsten

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the dramatic light here. Such great use of b&w/sepia too. Perfect for this image.

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