After many years travelling throughout Thailand, Prapas Krongboon has built a portfolio of quietly observed images of the Kingdom and its people.
As a young man, photographer Prapas Krongboon was first drawn to photography by movie posters and portraiture in magazines. In the years since, Prapas has developed his own low-fi style, travelling around Thailand to capture glimpses of life in the Kingdom.
“I started taking photos without any specific themes or techniques,” he explains. “I just grabbed my camera and took shots of everything that drew my attention. They’re mostly pictures of everyday life and portraits of people.”
An exhibition of Prapas’s work, Homegrown, runs until the end of July at Serindia Gallery. Prapas’s images aren’t bound by any overarching theme but there is a stylistic watermark to his work and the way he observes his subjects, anchored in their surroundings.
“When I was a photography student, I thought I’d like to be a fashion photographer or a documentary photographer,” he says. “But, at some point, I realised
that to become a photographer does not mean you have to limit your photos with any boundaries.
“I don’t think it is necessary to define the type of my photographs because I am not a photojournalist nor a fashion photographer but I am an artist. I considered my works as pieces of art and everything in this world could be captured. “Many people usually expect my works to have a street life theme because they always see this distinctive style in the media but, in fact, I take photos of everything.”
Prapas also develops his own images – it is part of the old-school, handmade aesthetic that comes through in his photographs.
“Developing the films is another fun and favourite process,” he says. “I think the photos that we get from a normal camera are straightforward. You can’t set any preferences – all you have to do is just balance the frame and click the shot.”
Until July 31
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