'SHUT DOWN' by Tom Potisit and Marty Angsakul highlights the aspiring artistic photographer's passion for using his artistic skills to highlight the many issues facing contemporary life, especially in Asia.
In particular, Potisit likes to focus on supporting humanitarian, social and environmental issues, especially animal conservation, and is exploring photography as a medium to do that.
In the same colourful and innovative spirit which inspired him to view his world through his imagination and a lens, he came up with the unique idea to collaborate with both local and international photographers from disciplines totally unconnected to the theme to participate in six unique photo art projects called 'The Exchange Project,' which would highlight powerful socio-environmental topics. Potisit believes that such a collaboration will help all the participants to grow both personally and professionally, and also promote Thai photography internationally.
The first proof of concept in 'The Exchange Project' was 'SHUT DOWN,' shot just before the mass protests in Bangkok were held to try and shut down the Thai government in early 2014.
His motivation for this work was his strong feelings of confusion, fear and uncertainty surrounding the current political unrest inspired by the true stories reported on the news from social media and channels in Thailand, and to show the ultimate possibility of a democratic meltdown.
Potisit collaborated with Angsakul, a wedding photographer from Satun, who had never shot fashion before.
Explaining the project, Potisit explains, “Being very aware of the sensitivity of the topic, and the potential for a negative reaction, both Marty and myself felt the message was important enough to justify the risks in involved.”
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