As part of a generation raised with the television as a babysitter - I am no longer convinced by super clear photographs and slick movies that have consistently bombarded me. Advertising photography always seem to be far better than the real thing - Food Court photos are often so delicious and wholesome-looking when compared to the real disgusting thing that often ends up in front of us. I tend to be more sympathetic towards the idea of honesty that we are confronted with in our everyday lifestyle. Perhaps this is why I am interested in the raw gritty feel of combining non-professional equipment along with professional processes.
Lomographs are photographs that have been taken through Lomo cameras. It's an activity based kind of photography that focuses on the distinctively unique characteristics of its lens. Lomo comes from the International Lomographic Society based in Austria- they work in collaboration with Lomo Embassies all over the world offering activities and exhibitions for alternative photography. I became drawn to the Lomo concept in London as I was already working with toy cameras and Super 8 movies.
The Lomowall that I have planned is a collaborative process, which will involve thousands of close-up shots. The photographs are in a sense- lifestyle documentary of the people that I have met in Bangkok but more importantly, People who I can trust with my Lomos. They will be the Lomographer themselves, shooting under my specific request. I will eventually be looking to edit together my story on the Lomowall.
I make my paintings to illustrate my film/videos. To me- the process of painting serves a function which is in reversed to the professional film industry. A professional cinematographer is usually directed to shoot under instructions from a sketched storyboard. My paintings are segments from my storyboards, they were made after my sketched films.
This is my third exhibition that I am paying particular attention to the relationship between Art and Film. In the past, I have used the genre of Road Movies to reflect on my own nomadic experiences in not having fixed root. This exhibition deals with the result of my previous journey where by the destination is now in sight. The film/videos are shown with no sound, specifically because I intend to enhance the viewer's perception of the theatrical and mechanical devices of filmmaking in order to reflect on the aesthetics and narrative powers of movies. I am fascinated by the way that people (around the world) bring their own stories to watch a movie whether it's mindless fodder or an award-winning intellectual challenge. Most I have nothing to say....only to show........
Prapon Kumjim received his BA (Painting and Printmaking), from University of East London and MFA (Multi-Discliplinary Practice) from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. He currently lives and works in Bangkok as a full-time instructor at Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.