Polaroid 3, Bangkok – Chinatown

The 3rd post from the Polaroid a day series, takes us to Bangkok’s Chinatown


Bangkok, Thailand. A man cycles down a street and past an outdoor cinema projection in Chinatown

This image was captured in a small alleyway in Bangkok’s Chinatown in early 2014. Usually coinciding with Chinese new year and other lunar calendar celebrations in the district, traveling popup cinemas set up in small alleys and streets showing Thai, Chinese and Western films, using aging 35mm projectors. The lip-synch is usually spectacularly wrong, the soundtracks often missing most of the orriginal sound effects, and the scratches and dust on the films something that Tarantino and Rodriguez would love should they ever make a “Grindhouse II”   Ⓒ Cedric Arnold

Christopher Lee

British screen and stage legend Christopher Lee, famed for his roles as the “baddie” in Dracula, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars has passed away at the grand old age of 93. I had the opportunity to photograph him back in 2006, he was a real gentleman and a wonderful story teller.


Christopher Lee – Photographed in Bangkok, 2006 – © Cedric Arnold

Though he was tired and had recently been ill, he was cracking jokes and telling me stories during the shoot, a real class act.

The Independent’s obituary and their take on his roles as the baddie