Photos – Exhibition
Thomas Tham (1967, Malaysia)
Growing at the Rings – Muay Thai Kids
I have been following the same Muay Thai school for three years. Some kids were only 12 year old then. Some dropped out, some persevered. Some become champions and some still finding their ways.
What remained the same is the love showered in the ring. Between siblings and between friends, the brotherhood remained intact.It is easy to discover the great bondage between friends and the respect between the boys and the coaches.
The coaching is often tough and emphasized lots in discipline. Canning is common to discipline the kids and often done with the approval and in the present of the parents. The boys accepted the teaching and treatment.
One occasion, I saw the tears from the chief instructor. Every stroke of cane delivered to his boy was like whip lashed onto his own back. The love for his boys is so obvious and it is tough love.
Other occasions, the instructors would wrestle and giggle with the boys as if no tomorrow. These instructors had been National champions in the past. Each had their glory moments in life. And that is what they hope to share to the kids.
Naraphat Sakarthorn (B.1991, Thailand)
Moments in Bloom (2012)
For me, memories are like blooming flowers, bright and beautiful. Photography is a medium of recording the memories and the freshness of those flowers, never to wither. My memories will always be as fresh and beautiful as the flowers in the photographs forever.
Maitree Sriboon featuring his “ Save My Buffalo” series in Photography and his new medium with Mosaic mirrors on Wooden board all focuses on saving my buffalo, his photo’s : Buffalo Boy No.2, Rainbow Buffalo, Family Dots are powerful tribute of Thai Culture and History. The buffalo help build Thailand into a rice-farming nation into a modern nation today. On the other hand, today you hardly see buffaloes working in rice field despite they are respected animals due to modernisation of the farming industry