One morning as I watched my usual TV news program I heard a report about a newly opened ‘Snow Town’. But there were no pictures or video clips shown. This made me think that this would be an interesting photo feature, given the heat wave reports coming from Europe and the high temperatures here in Bangkok.
So, through the burning sunshine I headed towards Snow Town.
As many Thais who have never experienced snow before, I felt a bit excited even with this artificial version. I had seen snow before in Switzerland but not a actual snowfall itself, and the most vivid memory I had was when I became temporarily snow blind –an unpleasant recollection.
I checked with the staff at the ticket counter regarding how to dress and they confirmed that it was not too cold inside. Only around 25 celcius. Adults can visit Snow Town with even a T-shirt and shorts, but little kids need some warm clothing. The ticket includes the loan of snow boots. They also offer knitted winter hats, winter coats, jackets and gloves for rent at reasonable prices.
Snow Town was created by a Japanese investor.
Local and foreign visitors to sweltering Bangkok, especially small children have fun on the snow playgrounds, or riding the snow sledge that has a small 90-cm high ramp. There is a release of artificial snow for a few minutes, repeated every hour.
Children’s cries of “one more time dad! one more time mom!” made this place more special. I photographed them with my 1DX so as to not call attention to myself. I used a 16-35 lens, 70-200 lens and a Sigma 50mm.
The first photo I took was a wide angle shot, panning the camera with slow shutter speed, of children sledding. I like using this effect at times, a bit blurred, almost abstract.
But as for the rest, it took me a while to get a good photo. The snow would suddenly start falling and the children were frenetic, making for a bit of chaos. So I waited for the next time. Luckily there was enough going on to allow me to take some nice moments. The light is not that great but the 1DX helps solve this problem.
There was yet another artificial snowfall and I used my Sigma 50mm 1.4 to photograph little girls watching as the snow fell into their hands. I finally had to tear myself away from the artificial wonderland and relatively cool temperature and go out to face the real heat.