SANTIPONG CHOOCHAROEN

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Bangkok-based free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher Pop pro­vides the im­ages for our fea­ture on guys with creative hob­bies (p 86)

What was your first cam­era?

An Olym­pus Trip 35. My fa­ther gave it to me when I was six years old and I’m still us­ing it to­day.

What in­spired you to pur­sue a ca­reer in pho­tog­ra­phy?

I like art, but I can’t draw. I think pho­tog­ra­phy gives me the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press my­self with light and colour.

What do you like tak­ing pic­tures of the most?

Peo­ple and how they go about their lives. It’s real. I also love cap­tur­ing rare mo­ments. For in­stance, the other day I snapped a pic­ture of a dog and a cat fighting. Both were leap­ing in the air and it was mag­i­cal to catch that split sec­ond. The cat won by the way.

What kind of pic­tures do you find hard­est to take?

Por­traits. It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to bring out the true essence of a per­son in a stylised or posed shot, es­pe­cially if they aren’t used to be­ing in front of the cam­era.

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