Buddha & the Beach
Moscow-based artist Gleb on his Solntsev recent trip to Phuket, Thailand
My friend and I rented scooters
and drove up to the 147-foot-tall Big Buddha statue in the Nakkerd Hills. At the time it was covered in scaolding. I love construction sites as they remind me of skeletons, as if the bones of a huge animal are being put together. I wanted to capture the unique moment, knowing once it was finished it would stand in perfect form, just as the architect planned.
We wanted to find somewhere remote
and untouched. We started chatting with some locals, and they told us about a secret beach. It was di cult to find, but we emerged from the jungle onto an empty beach with clear, still water and a tiny café. It was completely empty, so I sketched in the shade, with only mosquitoes for company.
“I love to sketch. For me it’s one of the best ways to plunge into the moment, and it helps me remember a place so much more than taking a quick photo with my phone.”