Liquid Bangkok sets out to capture the beauty of a neglected world found along the klongs of Bangkok, and in doing so, also highlight the degraded state of this vast network of waterways that flow through and around the city.
The water that passes through Bangkok has mesmerized me since my early days in the city – in part because it is in such contrast to the prairies of my youth. In Bangkok, I often found myself drawn to the klongs’ edges, seduced by the constantly changing light and shapes of the less than pristine tributaries. There is a distinct and unique energy to be found there for those who make the effort to search them out. At the same time, it is a difficult place that continually assaults the senses.
My images in this collection attempt to capture these opposing qualities by weaving the form of the water into the built environment that has grown around them. I don’t work with a preconceived plan. I make it more of a meditative journey.
Liquid Bangkok is the beginning of a wide-ranging water project using large scale landscape images as the vehicle to communicate the message of “how we form water and how it forms us”. My roots are in documentary photography and this is my first exploration using a technical camera, which is a slower method of working. This has changed the way I approach each subject; the slow set up creates more time for reflection, requiring me to fully commit to a given location.
My hope is that I have found an approach that defines these places with a measure of respect, without however, glossing over the serious environmental problems that plague this world of water that is a stunning part of the Bangkok urban landscape.