Life in the concrete jungle robs people of their innate connection to the forest. In his new exhibition, “Looking at the Forest,” photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom sets out to convey the quiet terror he feels when he’s in close confrontation with nature. The show runs at Kathmandu Photo Gallery from now until Dec. 26.
In capturing the images, Manit trained his camera’s focus at one meter and fully opened the aperture to record blurry, dreamlike images. It is unclear what the photographer sees: the images are adrift in a state of formlessness; they are indescribable and enigmatic, manifesting in beauty and a hushed silence. There is no landscape, no sense of the lovely view whatsoever. What is he looking at? What does he want us to see?
“I want to capture that feeling, when we enter the forest and can sense something else,” Manit says. “It’s not just trees. It’s an experience: of the aura of that dimension, that abstract quality of the light and shadow invoking the inexpressible, eerie, and unfathomable.”
Manit has been creating and exhibiting works for more than 30 years in Thailand and overseas, forming part of many of the world’s important museum and private collections. Manit produced “Looking at the Forest” in numerous places between 2009 and 2014, including northern Thailand, Korea, Japan, Australia, France, and Spain.
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