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Photo cubism comes full circle

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Photo cubism comes full circle

  • Published: 29/10/2009 at 12:00 AM
  • Newspaper section: Outlook

From producing to directing movies, ML Mingmongkol Sonakul has done it all. Now she goes on another artistic adventure with the launch of her debut photo exhibition, "Photo Cubism". The artist discusses the details with 'Outlook' on freeing photographs from their usual uses.

From producing and directing movies, what inspired you to take up photography?

My first artistic interest is photography. I went directly to a photography major at Rhode Island School of Design after high school and then graduated as a fine art photography major at the San Francisco Art Institute. At that time, the kind of photograph I wanted to take was not something I felt confident that I could really make a career of. So, I chose to produce and direct films. Then, luckily, the technology of the new digital still camera improved greatly to the point that it could be a tool for me to try to achieve what I think I was looking for in still photography.

You seem to have a passion to portray nature and its surroundings. What message are you trying to convey to the audience?

ML Mingmongkol Sonakul

I love the outdoors, the sun, the moon, the sky, rain, river, water of any shape and form, etc. They are things that we can find in our daily life but often take for granted. It also works well with my concept of presenting it with the cubism method. That is to take things that the audience can easily associate with and make them see these things with other points of view, not as much as the abstract, but something that is easy for both eyes and brain to digest.

Your movies were undoubtedly a success. What do you expect from this exhibition?

I expected to create the best body of work that I can. I expected to make them with the best quality of everything. I tried to make this exhibition as environment friendly as I could. I don't want to create a lot of junk but I want people who really like to own them - or believe in them - buy them rather than buying them just to please me.

In this modern digital age, do you think traditional photography will last?

For another 10 years, I think there will be certain people in both still camera and movies that will want to work with traditional photography. But, I think as more new digital equipment keeps on proving to us that it will provide cheaper, much easier, higher quality results, and more importantly decreasing the toxic part of the process, that traditional photography which is the product of the last century will gradually decline. Change and transformation is always a fact of life.

'Photo Cubism', by ML Mingmongkol Sonakul will open on Sunday at La Lanta Fine Art, Sukhumvit Soi 31 and be on view until January 17. Call 02-204-0583 or visit http://www.lalanta.com for more information.

Relate Search: ML Mingmongkol Sonakul, Photo Cubism, Rhode Island School of Design

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