AMITIAE - Sunday 19 January 2014
The Other Bangkok: Barbershop Octet
By Graham K. Rogers
In occasions in the past, I have walked round the streets with my camera and there are a number of items on my web-site that show the scenes, as well as my trips on the low-key railway that runs this side of the city. Some links are at the bottom of this page.
While the fashionable (and not so fashionable) malls may have expensive shops where ladies can be coiffed and the male of the species may have his hair done in the latest style, there are hundreds of barbers around Bangkok that are decidedly less chrome and glass.
There was a slight difference today when the customer before me noticed the strop at the right side of the chair. I had not seen this before as I approach the chair from the left side.
My barber told me that these are not used any more because of the fear of A.I.D.S. The type used now has the handle like the cut-throat razor, but the blade is half a safety razor blade and is changed for each customer.
When I first used the shop there were five barbers and it was run by her husband: a large man with a shock of white hair. He was quite religious so the shop is adorned with may pictures of monks and artefacts, as well as a collection of amulets. The shop may be old, but it is clean. The barbers may be basic people, but they are always polite and easy to get on with, like many in this part of the city.
The eight images here (including the icon shot) give a small insight into another part of this city.
The Other BangkokThe Other Bangkok (1): Early Morning - A Photographic Essay
The Other Bangkok (2): Mid-morning Stroll - A Photographic Essay
The Other Bangkok (3): To the Canal and Back for Lunch - A Photographic Essay
The Other Bangkok (4): From the Canal to a Split in the Road - A Photographic Essay
The Other Bangkok (5): A Loftier View - A Photographic Essay
The Other Bangkok (6): A Detour to the Main Road - A Photographic Essay
The Other Bangkok (7): A Few Loose Ends - A Photographic Essay
See AlsoThe Other Bangkok and Beyond - A Railway to Nowhere (1)
A Railway to Nowhere (2): Ban Laem to Mae Klong
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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