May 02, 2019
Kukkong is a Thai photographer and architect who explores the concept of beauty through his work. With his images Kukkong seeks to discover the way in which beauty affects our feelings and emotions, especially when confronted with natural beauty. His series "Eastern Song" is a personal reaction to these emotions, where he captured those moments that moved him.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
KT - My name is Kukkong Thirathomrongkiat. Born in 1983, I completed a Bachelor's degree in Architecture Design. Then I started to be fascinated about photography and became deeply passionate about it since 2012. Currently I'm working as an architect and photographer. I also co-founded a photo gallery called "Window gallery and cafe" in Bangkok.
am - How did you start in photography?
KT - When I was an architect student, I was into many types of art, like painting, writing and photography. But when I grew up, photography seemed to be the only thing I was deeply interested in, because the process of creating art by photographing involves nature as its element.
am - What is “Eastern Song” about?
KT - "Eastern Song" is my first official black and white work series gathered from the year 2012 to 2016, and became a photobook called “I hear the Eastern Song and the Sunrise” in 2016.
I always have questions whenever I’m confronted with nature. Just its mere existence deeply affects our emotions. How does the feeling of beauty happen, by judging with our feelings, or it already exists to make us feel so? And if it is like the latter, can other living creatures feel the same?
In general, I just captured all the things that happened or existed, which linked to my inner feelings at that moment. So this series is quite personal to me, but it also creates personal feelings for others too.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
KT - There are many photographers and artists whose work I really admire, like William Eggleston, Klavdij Sluban, Yamamoto Masao, Jing Huang, Araki Nobuyoshi, Carolyn Drake, Léonie Hampton, Alex Majoli, etc. But there's one that I don't only admire for his work, Jean Gaumy. I think that his photos and his life are beautifully combined.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
KT - Currently is the series "Game of Thrones (season 8)".
am - What is your favourite photo book?
KT - There are also many books I like, such as my 3 personal Photobooks.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Kukkong Thirathomrongkiat