24 11 2010

I have always felt like an outsider no matter where I lived.  I think I was a misfit since birth.  I’m fortunate enough to be able to create and adapt anywhere as home.  I also have been very lucky to meet amazing group of friends wherever I am living.  There is this sense of contentment and comfort knowing that I can be happy anywhere.  One of my dear friend who is French, but grew up in South Africa.  She is now living between Tokyo and Bangkok.  She often referred to both her and I as “a third culture kid.”  One foot in the east and one in the west.  Doesn’t really quite fit into either world.  It was complicated growing up being different in both cultures.  I thank my parents for always encouraging me to own myself as myself.  To always be comfortable in my own skin and to embrace my imperfection.  Thailand will always be dear to my heart.  No matter where I am in the world.  I will forever carry that incredible land with me.  I can always go back to where I was born and to the two people who loved me even as a misfit.  I am missing my parents like mad as the holiday approaching.  Here is my Bangkok.  Photos taken by the late Thai photographer, Surat Osathanugrah.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  Enjoy your own version of home.

“I love creating artwork more than doing business,
but I have to pursue my business because of my family.”
Surat Osathanugrah

Osathanugrah exposed the hidden charm behind daily life of Thai people with a blend of puzzling mystery and black comedy.  This photodiarist perceived his work through one of his publications called “Varnishing Bangkok”.  Just the name of the series is already mind blowing.  Check out Osathanugrah’s work here. All photos courtesy of Surat Osathanugrah.





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