We serve up a home-grown photo feature this month with a set of thought-provoking images by Bangkok 101’s Willem Deenik. In what he loosely calls his “Peeping Tom” series, the Dutch native and long-time expat captures intimate vignettes of Bangkokians as they unwind at the end of the working day.
“Although I specialise in food photography, I enjoy taking pictures across a broad range of subjects,” Deenik says. “In terms of style, this series of pictures was inspired by the work of American realist painter and print-maker Edward Hopper. Among other things, Hopper was fascinated by urban architecture, especially cityscapes and the people who populate them. He was particularly adept at capturing the solitude and loneliness of individuals and juxtaposing their ennui against the backdrop of the teeming metropolis in which they live. The people I photograph aren’t necessarily lonely, but I love the way they present insular moments of calm and relaxation in what is surely one of the most frenetic cities in the world. Of course, there is a strong element of voyeurism to the pictures, but we are all people-watchers at heart and I always try to treat the subject with respect and good taste.”
You can see more of Willem Deenik’s work at willemdeenik.com.