"I shoot from a different viewpoint and play with shadows and shapes. I love to use plain photo techniques without any computer retouching. Simple photography has great characteristics and charms…."
"My name is Chavanond Petcharatn and my nickname is Nook. I was born on November 2, 1976 in Bangkok. I got interested in photography while in junior high school. I was then about 11 years old. Photography was a new subject that students could learn. My senior, who was very close, was a member of the photography club, so I chose to learn that subject and became a member of the club. In the second level of senior high school, I became the photography club's leader and later one of the official school photographers.
"When I graduated from senior high school, my father moved to the north to work. So I followed him and studied communication arts in a private university there. I immediately fell in love with the area. It has a great environment, a long history, an incredible culture and an ancient civilization. Life was simple and easy. The world appeared in a positive way. I felt and understood life and nature better. I studied and worked together. Also, as I became one of the leaders of the university photography club, I had various activities such as organizing seminars, field photography, etc., and traveled often to the provinces. I enjoy traveling and meeting people, nature, new cultures and the traditions of every social slice. I love to record my impressions, travels and new experiences forever with my camera.
"In 1996, I was elected an official photographer when Thailand hosted the Sea Games. In 1997, I was awarded the merit prize of the Kodak Professional Asian Award. In 1999, I got a consolation prize in 'Wild Animals in the City' of Telecom Asia. I eventually graduated with a master's degree in communication arts from Mae Joe University and now work in the graphic art field doing studio photography, graphic design and other related activities.
"I have two styles. The first style is shooting nature, arts, culture and traditions in an abstract fashion, either in color or black and white. I shoot from a different viewpoint and play with shadows and shapes. I love to use plain photo techniques without any computer retouching. Simple photography has great characteristics and charms, plus people are always more interested by them. The second style consists of mixing regular photography and graphic design. Here I use IT technology to create something new – an art that differs but that is not too overdone. The result could be assimilated to a painting and a photograph mixed together. To further the effect, I use canvas and the photos really look like paintings.
"Once, a few friends and I organized a photography trip to the high mountains of Phu Chee Fah in Chiang Rai. It was during the rainy season and there was a terrible storm. We drove there and the storm was so fierce that we had to stop the car on a meadow. The car and ground were shaking and I just thought the storm would blow us away. The next morning, the weather calmed down and we were safe, but that was certainly the most fearful time of my life.
"I like to take photos routinely, more than just as a hobby. I can to go to places and immortalize stories for the next generations to learn about their past. My photos will tell them about a long gone past, arousing good or bad feelings and creating memories. Novica gives me the occasion to achieve that."