Far From Home | I was born in a small province – Lampang – in the north of Thailand and grew up in the city of Chiang Mai.
I come from a middle-class family, and most Thai people perceived the UK as a highly civilised country with wealthy, sophisticated and noble people.
I could never imagine myself being in the UK, let alone living and studying there; It was an impossible dream for a man like me. Aside from football, rock & roll bands, and landmarks such as Big Ben or the London Eye, I barely knew anything about this country before arriving.
Far From Home is a body of photographic work that I have made in the UK between 2018-19 – an exploration of a culture that is very different from my home, as well as my own “culture shock”.
I am interested in observing human behaviour in a public setting with fresh eyes and encountering a culture that is very different from the one described by a tourist guidebook.
Using a street photography approach, Far From Home represents a personal diary that records all sorts of things that I have encountered in my everyday life in the UK, and also reflects my perspective as a Thai photographer who is living in a completely foreign environment, rich with cultural diversity.
This has inspired me tremendously to connect these public encounters with my personal experience, whilst incorporating a subtle dark humour, which I regard as a fundamental part of storytelling as well as my own sensibility. Humour is simple and straightforward; at the same time, it can subtly reveal meaningful undertones, encourage scepticism, and provoke new questions about the culture itself, and my own cultural differences.
COUNTRY | Thailand
BIO | Krerkburin Kerngburi (b. 1988) is a street photographer from Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is a member of Street Photo Thailand collective. He was awarded a Scholarship Grant for the IPA Street Photography Workshop in Bangkok 2014 and was a Selected Finalist in the Italian Street Photo Festival 2019. His photographs are outstanding, weird, and full of both dark humor and mystery.
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