About

 

As a photographer I am incredibly lucky. I live in Thailand, one of the most photogenic countries in the world. Situated between the great civilizations of India to the west and China to the east, over many centuries different cultures have washed across the land like warm tropical rain. What fell pooled into Thailand's art and monarchy, architecture and worship, food and language*1.

The wealth of the linguistic culture points to the breadth of influence that has formed the Kingdom of Thailand. Language is but one component of the Thai nation; blood relations, livelihood, the five Buddhist precepts, geography, history, and customs form a Thai identity which is a classic paradox, both hard to define and yet easy to recognise.

To convey the richness of such a country as Thailand is my challenge and my pleasure. I spend a great deal of time creating beautiful, collectable, photographic prints that evoke the sensation and memory of Siam. Designed for serious collectors the prints are one-off's, created using archival techniques often seen in museums and art galleries. In my opinion, they make stunning additions to any room. I would be honored if you would take a look and see for yourself.

James

 

James Patrick
james@lightspell.pro
Bangkok, December, 2021

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1. A note on that linguistic wealth; consider for one moment written and spoken Thai. Written in a form that derives from ancient India more than half its words are borrowed from the geographic west; Mon, Sanskrit, Old Khymer, and Pali through the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. Yet in spoken form the Thai language is tonal, derived from an arc of coastal lands that form modern day Vietnam through the provinces of Guangxi, Hainan, Guangdong, to Fujian on China's east coast. It is noticeable that the sound of Chinese words has flowed like a river of language that fed the linguistic alluvial plain of central Thailand, a confluence enriched by smaller tributaries of Lao, Shan, Tai Lü, Tai Dam, Lanna Kam Muaeng, historical Ayutthaya (Samniang Juyjeaw (สำเนียงเจื่อยแจ้ว)), Bouyei, and spoken Yongbei Zhuang. Dare I add, within Bangkok alone there are dozens of dialects, historical klongs along which have floated Portuguese, Persian, Melayu, and Chinese Teochew and Hakka and Hokkien from myriad travellers past.