Tachpasit Kunaporn – Neon Diary
My Jury Award at Wonder Foto Day 2019, Taipei
Tachpasit Kunaporn’s photographic work is one thing and its opposite, be it the subject, the method, the technic, the concept. Take this first image I saw. A white round shaped object covered with lines over a dark background. Why did I think it was an eye ball ?! Obviously it is not an eyeball… but this is what it awoke in me. Actually, it could also be a cracked moon, some alien microorganisms in the lens of a microscope, or just a random object. It turned out that it was, well, a lamp. With his incredible technical mastery, Tachpasit Kunaporn is able to layer multiple meanings into his subjects, to morph them into new objects, into a story, into movements as well as into abstraction. Tachpasit Kunaporn is fascinated by neon lights as he says “Neon light in general, according to our eyes, we see that the light is very still and quiet, but when we consider carefully, the consistent is uncertain, we see the flickering”. Once again, his inspiration revolves around a central theme: stillness - and its opposite: movement. The works he has been crafting around lights proved successful in adding depth both in terms of meaning and of visual effect.
The Neon Diary serie is not just about death, it is also about life and the circles of life. Being able to express the circles of life in his photographic work through all kind of objects and landscapes captured in very sophisticated lightings is a remarkable achievement for someone this young. The technical quality and research of Tachpasit Kunaporn would be enough to win him praise, but the depth and expressiveness of his work is what makes him a true artist.