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In cooperation with UNESCO Bangkok and ATD Fourth World and the Friends of ATD Foundation, At First Sight would like to show how everything we look at could open a dialogue, whether with ourselves or with others.


THE INSPIRATION … At first sight actors The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme UNESCO Bangkok

Contents ART, AT FIRST SIGHT A Selection From The International Community

ATD Fourth World Bangkok The Friends of ATD Foundation Saphan Phut Community, partner of At first sight The UNV Voice of At first sight Inspirations from the “Asian human rights charter” Dialogues for a cultural understanding

… IN ACTION A framework of understanding Community Photography … step by step

A Window Open On Saphan Phut …


THE INSPIRATION … Evidently, inequality in development exists in the City of Bangkok and has been recognized by national and international development organizations. A lot of efforts have been made to tackle the city’s problems. Somehow, the views on priorities for development are different, and this would require understanding of what is lacking in the existing efforts to build up a sustainable future for Bangkok. To initiate the path of understanding and reflect on the missing points in the efforts, At first sight responds to the need to link together the different actors committed at different levels in the development of Bangkok’s society: from international community to the grass-root level of Saphan Phut Community. At first sight supports the concept of volunteerism both at the community partnership level and at the volunteers’ host organizations, as well as their respective core values. It is expected that At first sight will lead to on-going cooperation among different development organizations with participation of people at community level to build up a more equal and sustainable society of Bangkok. At first sight, through Community Photography, pursues the objective of presenting series of photos: the first one is composed by pictures selected from the web by international volunteers and the second one has been taken by the members of the local community of Saphan Phut. The pictures aim to show, as a symbolic dichotomy, how everything we are looking at can open a dialogue, whether between ourselves or with others. In accordance with the principles of the UNV programme that promotes the project, all the resources have been provided through free-will, pro-bono contributions of labor expertise, facilities, funding, etc.


At first sight actors UNESCO Bangkok, the International Movement ATD Fourth World and the Friends of ATD Foundation are jointly developing a Community Photography project entitled At first sight which is an activity under the UN Volunteers (UNV) Programme. The project has been developed with cooperation of volunteers from the three organizations aiming to promote volunteerism and building network of cooperation between different actors who are already active and committed with the development of the Bangkok’s society.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity, as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.


UNESCO Bangkok UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal: to build peace in the minds of human beings. UNESCO is working to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture by promoting a global vision of sustainable development based upon observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which lie at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities. Within this framework, UNESCO Bangkok promotes international co-operation, sets standards and disseminates information in the fields of education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and communications in the Asia and Pacific region. The sectors at UNESCO Bangkok work together on special programmes relevant to the Asia and Pacific region and beyond. In particular, within the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005 – 2014, UNESCO Bangkok is playing a lead role in the Asia and Pacific region in the promotion of a dynamic and expansive undertaking that envisions a world where every person has the chance to get in touch in a proactive way with different lifestyles, behaviors and values necessary to create a sustainable future.


At first sight contribution to UNESCO


Focus on ESD Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future. Central to ESD is the concept of culture as an essential underlying theme.

“The issue is not just one of putting ESD into curriculum and teaching materials, important though this is. It is also about cultivating capacities of critical understanding, careful analysis, respect for others and forward thinking capacities, which enable people to reflect upon and change their behavior, values and life styles.� Koichiro Matsuura, Director General UNESCO


It has been acknowledged that there is no “single route� to sustainable development. Further, it is coherent that understandings of and visions for sustainability will be different for each of us and we will need to work together to negotiate the process of achieving sustainability. There are many different stakeholders in sustainable development (i.e., governments, businesses, educational institutions, media, youth, etc). Each of these actors has a different vision of sustainable development and how it can contribute. Some are interested in environmental preservation and protection; some have economic development interests while others may be more interested in social development. In addition, how each nation, cultural group and individual views sustainable development will depend on its own values. The values held in a society help define how personal decisions are made and how national legislation is written (UNESCO 2005 - International Implementation Scheme for the DESD). The challenge is to bring these different stakeholders together so that they may collaborate in partnerships to find a balance between their interests and priorities, and this would be possible only through understanding other points of view and building up a common framework of understanding. Various approaches to ESD encourage people to understand the complexities of and synergies between the issues threatening global sustainability, and understand and assess their own values and those of the society in which they live, in the context of sustainability.


ATD Fourth World Bangkok The International Movement ATD Fourth World is an international non-governmental organization that engages individuals from all backgrounds and institutions, public or private, to support the efforts of the very poor to free themselves from poverty and exclusion, with no religious or political affiliations. The Movement aims to bridge the gap and foster closer ties between the poorest families and the mainstream society in order to break down chronic poverty and social exclusion in developing and industrialized countries. At professional level, the ATD Fourth World has consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UNICEF, UNESCO and ILO: it also holds participatory status with the Council of Europe. The ATD Fourth World Movement has established volunteer teams in 26 countries around the world. In Thailand, the International Movement ATD Fourth World has been legally registered as a foreign NGO under the name “Association ATD Fourth World-Terre et Homme de Demain�. Since 1981, The ATD Bangkok team has been present in Sapan Phut and Bangkok Noi slum communities, reaching out to individuals and families living in extreme poverty and building a long-term relationship with them to obtain a better understanding of their daily lives, difficulties and aspirations. The experience has been sharing to international communities and Thai society in different occasions. It helps gaining insights to identify the conditions necessary to support the families in their own initiatives and their desire to participate in the fight against poverty alongside with civil society and Thai authorities.


The mission can be translated into the following objectives: 

reaching out to individuals and families living in extreme poverty and building a long-term relationship with them to obtain a better understanding of their daily lives, difficulties and aspirations;

sharing this understanding with other people and organizations;

gaining insights into efforts developed in Thailand to fight poverty such as initiatives from the civil society or measures of public authorities;

identifying the conditions necessary to support the families in their own initiatives and their desire to participate in the society;

coordinating and working alongside other NGOs and institutions in Thailand;

recruiting volunteers for the various activities in Thailand.


The Friends of ATD Foundation The Friends of ATD Foundation (FATD) is a Thai foundation, legally registered in 1992 by a group of Thai friends who appreciated the International Movement ATD Fourth World’s working philosophy and approaches towards eradication of extreme poverty. One of the objectives of the Foundation is to support the work of ATD volunteers in Thailand. The Foundation works alongside with the ATD Fourth World Movement in Thailand, providing valuable advice on Thai culture, customs and traditions. The Foundation aims to support the poor to recognize their human dignity and potentials towards self-development. Meanwhile, the Foundation also initiates activities to raise social awareness of human rights of the poor and to promote social participation in the efforts to overcome extreme poverty by building network with and mobilizing support from people from all walks of life in Thai society. Major activities include poverty-related dialogues and seminars, contributing to the Eradication of Extreme Poverty.


Saphan Phut Community, partner of At first sight The Saphan Phut Community is a poor Bangkok community. The Community doesn’t have an official name. The name in use has been derived from a nearby bridge by ATD volunteers. The team of volunteers first came here more than 20 years ago by following families that they already knew. Many of the families living there have known the previous volunteers and this has helped the current ones to be accepted in the community. There are approximately 100 families living in this community. Most of them live in one-room dwellings made from scrap wood and sheet metal and are often no more than 3 square meters, making a peaceful family life more difficult. The families, despite their lack of means, are continually making efforts to improve their surroundings. For example, in the rainy season, it is extremely muddy and the families make different kinds of walkways using bits of wood or stone to make it passable. In the past few years, it seems that families could manage to improve their housing by building a little terrace or making a space in front of their houses and decorating it with plants and flowers.


The families do a variety of jobs to support themselves: making and selling flower garlands, fishing in the Chao Phraya River, selling boiled peanuts, collecting and selling recycled materials such as plastic bottles and cardboard. A few families run small shops or restaurants in the community while others have steadier jobs such as driving a motorcycle taxi or washing dishes at the nearby school. In 2007, a Community Center was built in Saphan Phut through the support of ATD volunteers. It aims to create a center that belongs to the community, it is run by the community, and it serves the community. The adults from the community, ATD volunteers and friends worked on hand in hand to build this community center.The presence of the community center supports the families in creating a sense of responsibility.


The UNV Voice of At first sight By Linda Germanis, UNV project coordinator

As UNV at UNESCO Bangkok I was stricken noticing that my colleagues were missing the addition of the grassroots experience in the community they were working in: they were missing an emotional reminder of the values that they were rationally developing. That’s why I decided to try to develop a volunteer project that could involve members of my host UN organization. As one of UNESCO’s goals is to create through education an understanding of the individuals’ values and those of the society in which they live, the idea was to develop a project aiming to promote these values through informal education in a poor Bangkok community.

To guarantee the sustainability of the initiative, other volunteers from local organizations already involved in formal UNESCO activities have been involved: the local branch of an International NGO and a Thai foundation, namely the International Movement ATD Fourth World Thailand and the Friends of ATD Foundation. Bom, 8 years old boy, was given an opportunity to express himself and challenge his curiosity by using a professional camera.

Then, thanks to a donation of cameras by Thai Samsung Electronics Co., it was possible to undertake informal education using the Community Photography methodology.


Through a participatory approach combining the experience in the education field of the volunteers from UNESCO, the facilities donated by Samsung, and the knowledge of the culture and people of the Saphan Phut Community of the volunteers from ATD, the At first sight Community Photography for Development started.

Sirisak Chaiyasook, from UNESCO, sharing his camera with the Saphan Phut Community.

The aim of the project is to work on the Community Identity concept targeting the youth of Saphan Phut but trying to apply a whole community approach through collateral initiatives such as collective photography sessions and symposium community lunches to share commentaries and pictures taken during the previous sessions. The whole community approach is supported and justified by the conviction that “it takes a whole village to raise a child”. The formal output of the project is this Photo Booklet containing pictures and commentaries taken and given by the youth of Saphan Phut about their identity values and challenges. A middle term goal is represented by the opportunity given to the young photographers to participate as a team in different photo contests on social and development issues at a national, regional and international level. Three pictures taken by Natthanon Chaengsuk on the behalf of the At first sight team have been selected for the ICVolunteer Photo Contest “Diverse Perspectives on the Environment Citizen-

ship and Volunteering” and have been exhibited in Geneva last October 2009. Natthanon Chaengsuk was born on the 6th of January 1988 in Nonthaburi, Thailand, and now he lives in the Saphan Phut Community of Bangkok.


Through a whole community approach, the parent of the kids involved in the project had the opportunity to be involved in collateral activities as pictures sharing exhibitions and symposium community pictures lunches.

“In the beginning, we planned to start with a small group of teenagers, to train them the basic photography so that they could capture objects or scenes that represented their idea about the identity of themselves or their community as well as their point of view for development to share with Thai citizens and international community in Bangkok. As it turned out, on the first training session at the community center, some children who heard about the activity came to observe and requested the opportunity to learn taking photos as well.� Ratchakorn Kulsawet, a Thai volunteer from the Friends of ATD Foundation said. The other aspect of the project is the promotion of Education for International Understanding. The Education for International Understanding goal is pursued through giving the opportunity to the members of the Saphan Phut community to get in touch with similar Community Photography for Development projects world wide through an on-line social network: http://atfirstsight.ning.com/. In fact, the children in the grass root community had seen and known the information and communication equipment such as computer and digital cameras available through media and also in the hands of others. However, they hardly had any chance to use them. Through simple activities and small steps on the path of an individual and international understanding, all the partners of this project, from the kids of Saphan Phut to all the national and international volunteers involved, are impacting their own and others community.


Furthermore on 21 October, which is National Social Welfare and Thai Volunteer Day, the National Commission on Social Welfare, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, and the National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand under Royal Patronage have nominated the project for the award titled "Outstanding Volunteer for devotion and

valuable contributions to the interests of Thai society". The award has been received from the Minister of SD&HS, His Excellency Mr. Issara Somchai.

“It takes a whole village to raise a child�, and an international understanding to open a window onto the importance of the diversities that populate communities' life and culture.

Linda Germanis


Inspirations from the “Asian human rights charter” A PEOPLE CHARTER DECLARED IN

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“Our commitment to rights is not due to any abstract ideological reasons. We believe that respect for human rights provides the basis for a just humane and caring society. A regime of rights is premised on the belief that we are all inherently equal and have an equal right to live in dignity. It is based on our right to determine our destiny through participation in policy making and administration. It enables us to develop and enjoy our culture and to give expression to our artistic impulses . It respects diversity. It recognizes our obligations to future generations and environment they will inherit. It establishes standards for assessing the worth and legitimacy of our institutions and policies.” “The background of the charter”, Paragraph 1.7

“Cultural traditions affect the way in which a society organizes relationships within itself, but they do not detract from the universalism of rights which are primarily concerned with the relationship of citizens with the state and the inherent dignity of persons and groups.” “Universality and indivisibility of rights”, Paragraph 2.2


“The right to life involves not only material but also the moral conditions whish permit a person to lead a meaningful existence. This meaning is not only individually determined but it is also based on shared living with other human beings. The Asian traditions stress the importance of common cultural identities. Cultural identities help individuals and communities to cope with the pressure of economic and social change; they give meaning to life in a period of rapid transformation. They are the source of pride and security. There are many vulnerable communities in Asia as elsewhere whose cultures are threatened or derided. Asian people and governments must respect the cultures and traditions of its diverse communities.” “The right of cultural identity and the freedom of conscience”, Paragraph 6.1

“Development, for individuals and states, does not mean merely economic development. It means the realization of the full potential of the human person. Consequently they have the right to artistic freedom, freedom of expression and the cultivation of their cultural and spiritual capacities. It means the right to participate in the affairs of the state and the community. It implies that states have the right to determine their own economic, social and cultural policies free from hegemonic pressures and influences.” “The right to development and social justice”, Paragraph 7.2


Dialogues for a cultural understanding

A dialogue is about itself in the sense that tacit lesson will be remembered after its ostensible subject has ceased to be debated. At first sight‌ ‌inspired by Plato The nature of dialogue is composed of dynamism, liveliness, progressiveness, openness and revisionary attitude which are generated from sharing our ideas with others and, at the same time, being able to see and understand other points of view. That is how the inherent dynamism of photography, as well as the dialogue’s dynamism, allows us to embrace all the three modes of human judgment: doing, making and saying. Human beings need to do as it is a vehicle for learning and to increase knowledge. Then, once that something new has been learned, to be able to understand it and improve it, it is necessary to rework it by making. As artists do, to be able to show someone else a new point of view, first we have to observe and learn and then we have to rework what we are looking at under a personal perspective. In the end to derive something worthy from each personal path, it is fundamental to have the opportunity to say, to share.


This is what At first sight tries to do through Community Photography: enable different people to speak aloud about their own experience after having reworked it, and at the same time make them meet someone else and understand that other points of view exist. At first sight doesn’t apply any critical approach: human experience is never right or wrong, it is just personal, and the point is how to learn to live our own life respecting others.

The only things that could be modified are the things that can be controlled, and each person can control, and consequently has the power to modify, only him or herself. That is why it is so important not to provide people with complex and new contents, but it is important to suggest a new way of thinking, a new methodology that each person, in the cozy and comfortable environment of his or her own community, could apply to all the contents which affect his or her life.


“Strong action is training the body without being burdened by the body, exercising the mind without being used by the mind, working in the world without being affected by the world, carrying out tasks without being obstructured by tasks.” Chung-ho chi/Zhongho ji

At first sight implements the “dialogue methodology” by giving the opportunity to different actors, through Community Photography, to speak aloud and to give their own points of view on what they see through their eyes and on what someone else can see looking at the same place and in the same time. This is fundamental to rediscover the respect that should be paid to the value of our identity and others’ identity.

It is the respect paid to our identity and others’ identity that enable people to listen, understand, give but also to receive.


… IN ACTION A framework of understanding

“Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.The most difficult things in the world must be done while they are still easy; the greatest things in the world must be done while they are still small. For this reason sages never do what is great, and this is why they can achieve greatness.” Tao-te Ching, -The Way and Its Power-

To be able to contribute to society’s big changes it is necessary to start from something small, something familiar and close to personal experiences. This is why At first sight aims only to provide Bangkok’s actors with a stage where it would be possible to restart the ancient dialogue of culture and understanding.


“Art has nothing to tell, to imitate, to declare. By disorientating continuously our expectations, our certitudes, Art aims to raise the doubt.� G.De Chirico

The spirit of At first sight is not to tell or declare which would be the better approach to build up a cultural understanding, but to raise the doubt in each involved actors and stakeholders using Art and Culture themselves as a vehicle of understanding.


Community Photography … step by step Through sight we ourselves are an open window to the world which looks and reflects itself inside us. Through Community Photography, At first sight has become a forum of understanding of diversities that populate every aspect of Bangkok’s life and culture. Presenting two series of photos, a selection from the web by international volunteers and a collection of pictures taken by the members of the local community of Saphan Phut, At first sight shows, as a symbolic dichotomy, how everything we are looking at can open a dialogue, whether between ourselves or with others. The members of Saphan Phut have been asked to show what they see in their own community. Provided with a camera the community’s members have taken pictures of what for them is symbolic of their daily life,

“What do you see as something worthy for you if you think about your daily life?” Furthermore through thematic photography sessions the international volunteers from UNESCO and ATD Fourth World had the opportunity to raise awareness by the community members about several social issues as environmental protection, gender equality, etc.


Then the Saphan Phut photographers have been asked to describe what they see in their own pictures.

What do the kids of Saphan Phut like of At first sight? “We enjoyed the solidarity of international people”. “The warm atmosphere we created between us: sharing the cameras was nice, and we never fought.” “We enjoyed working together as a team, that’s why we want to participate in photo contests.”

The same exercise has been done before and in the meanwhile by the international volunteers. The international volunteers were asked to show and comment ancient and contemporary symbols of their perception of Thai life and culture.


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The International volunteers worked both independently and together with the slum community youth to provide them with practical examples of the dialogue methodology that At first sight suggests. This is how At first sight tries to build up a patchwork of different points of view, needs, nightmares and dreams within Bangkok’s complexity, an open window to single human experiences repudiating and defeating homogeneity and anonymity.

“To see Istanbul through the eyes of a foreign always gives me pleasure, in no small part because the picture helps me fend off narrow nationalism and pressures to conform. They seem to be describing someone else’s city.Westernization has allowed ma and millions of other Instanbullus the luxury of enjoying our own past as “exotic”, of relishing the picturesque. To see the city from many different points of view and thereby maintain the vitality of my connection to it I sometimes fool myself. …these things don’t look beautiful to the people who live among them; they speak instead of squalor, helpless hopeless neglect. Those who take pleasure in the accidental beauty of poverty and historical decay, those of us who see the picturesque in ruins – invariably, we’re people who come from the outside. ” Oran Pamuk -Istanbul, Memories and the City-


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“I warn you, whoever you are. You who wish to probe the secrets of Nature, if you are not able to find what you seek within yourself, neither will you find it outside yourself. If you ignore the marvels of your own House, how can you intend to discover other marvels? Within you is hidden the Treasure of the Gods. Oh Man, Know Thyself, and you will know the Universe and the Gods.”

Delphi Oracle

“Know Thyself” was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi to remind us that to rediscover our identity is the first step to be able to discover others identity.


Painting the holistic framework of Bangkok points of view is fundamental for securing a future of cultural understanding. “Community Photography” is a guest of honor in this path through the rediscovering of each cultural identity that populates the complexity of the city. “Know Thyself ” is not only a symbol and fundation of the western lifestyle and philosophy: the same principle is expressed and fundamental also in asian culture. “

When you know both yourself and others you are never in danger.

When you know yourself but not others you have half a chance of winning. When you know neither yourself nor others you are in danger.” Sun Tzu -The Art of War-

Recognizing the value and importance of these universal assertations, At first sight aims to provide a framework of understanding, a patchwork which puts together crosscutting issues, emotions, fears and threats, as well as beauty and values, which already exist in Thai society.

It is a rediscovery of all the different identities that populate this place and time.


Volunteers from UNESCO were asked to collect pictures from the web that represent their feelings about Bangkok and to comment their choices. The international volunteers helped to build up a framework of trust and understanding to motivate the Youth of Saphan Phut to get interested in Community Photography. This selection of pictures has been used as example of the At first sight dialogue methodology, doing-making-saying - for the children for their expected involvements.


A Selection From The International Community by the international volunteers


Short thoughts … International point of view …

Hope in all parts of Bangkok, วามหวังในทุกส่วนของกรุงเทพฯ The strength of families and communities, วามแข็งแกร่งของครอบครัวและชุมชน Future citizens of Bangkok,, นาคตคนกรุงเทพฯ

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A building for spirits and a building for people, การสร้างจิตวิญญาณ Tradition lives in all social economic conditions, วิถีชีวิตดั้งเดิมในทุกสภาพเศรษฐกิจและสังคม A sometimes “hidden” aspects of Bangkok, เบื้องหลัง”ของกรุงเทพฯ

… a window open on Saphan Phut

They are fighting for their life, สูเ้ พื่อตัวเอง Everything has been decided, nothing could never change, ทุกอย่างได้ถูกตัดสินไปแล้ว ไม่มีอะไรเปลี่ยนแปลงมันได้


Short thoughts … International point of view …

Bangkok has so many majestic spots. Places like the Grand Palace (here) make ancient history seem alive, กรุงเทพฯมีสิ่งก่อสร้างวิจิตรตระการตามากมาย สถานทีเ่ ช่น พระราชวัง ทาให้ประวัตศิ าสตร์ดูราวกับมีชีวิต (ในภาพ)

… a window open on Saphan Phut

Bangkok is beautiful, กรุงเทพเป็นเมืองที่สวยงาม


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Part of Bangkok or above it? นี้คอื ส่วนหนึ่งของกรุงทพฯ หรืออะไรทีเ่ หนือกว่า Waiting … การรอคอย…

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It reflects life moving towards the future and when is over is over, มันสะท้อนให้เห็นถึงความเป็นไปของชีวิต เมื่อมันผ่านไปแล้วมันก็คอื “จบ”


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Bangkok is huge. I’ve never seen so many high-rise buildings everywhere, กรุงเทพฯนั้นช่างกว้างใหญ่ ฉันไม่ไม่เคยเห็นตึกสูง มากมายเช่นนี้มาก่อน A different view/perspective of Bangkok – From a sky rise, มุมมองที่แตกต่างของกรุงเทพฯ จากท้องฟ้า

… a window open on Saphan Phut

Buildings are like people: crowded and intense, อาคารบ้านเรือนก็ไม่แตกต่างจากฝูงชน ทัง้ แออัดและหนาแน่น The difference between Bangkok and the provinces, ความแตกต่างระหว่างกรุงเทพและต่างจังหวัด


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Construction Workers, คนงานก่อสร้าง The hidden force between Bangkok’s speedy modernization/development – who are these people and where do they come from? They come in hoards in trucks & leave together at night, เบื้องหลังแรงขับเคลื่อนของการเติบโตและโลกยุคใหม่ ผู้คนเหล่านี้เป็นใคร พวกเขามาจากที่ไหน พวกเขาเดินทางมาโดยรถบรรทุกและจากไปในตอนกลางคืน … a window open on Saphan Phut

Not just Thai people are illegal workers: lots of them are from other countries like Cambodia and Laos. The economy in neighbor countries is worse and some people escapes wars, ไม่เฉพาะคนไทยเท่านัน้ ที่เป็นแรงงานผิดกฏหมาย แต่ยังมีคนเขมรและคนลาวอีกจ่านวนมากเช่นกัน เพราะสภาพเศรษฐกิจของประเทศเพื่อนบ้านย่่าแย่ท่าให้ผู้คนจ่านวนมากต้องจากถิน่ ฐานบ้านเกิดของตน


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Digital Monk , พระในยุคดิจิตอล Spirituality in the modern age, จิตวิญญาณสมัยใหม่

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A fake monk, พระปลอม


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Tha Prachan, ท่าพระจันทร์ (Traffic) – outcome at urban development, (การจราจร) – ผลพวงจากการเติบโตของสังคมเมือง “Normal” in the eyes of Bangkok…”Bangkok” in the eyes of the world, “สิ่งที่เป็นปกติ” ในสายตาของคนกรุงเทพฯ… “กรุงเทพฯ”ใน สายตาของชาวโลก

… a window open on Saphan Phut

The key heart of Bangkok, หัวใจหลักของเมืองกรุงเทพ


Photos portraying lives in the Saphan Phut Community, captured and commented by its young dwellers as part of At first sight.


A Window Open On Saphan Phut ‌ by the Youth of Saphan Phut


“Life’s journey.” If we make it better, then our lives will be better. If we don’t make better, the quality of life will deteriorate, like the path of one’s life.Whether smooth or rocky, it is up to us.

ทางเดินชีวติ ถ้าเราปรับปรุงมันให้ดี ชีวิตเราก็ดีขนึ้ ถ้าไม่ทาให้มันดูดี ชีวิตก็แย่ลง เปรียนเสมือนทางเดินทีจ่ ะราบเรียบหรือขรุขระก็อยู่ทเี่ รา


“One of traditional careers in the rural area of Thailand which consumes natural resource only, not causing any pollution plus cost saving.”

หนึ่งในอาชีพของคนไทยที่ดาเนินการตามวิถีชาวบ้าน ไม่ใช้ทรัพยากรที่ทาลายธรรมชาติหรือสร้างมลพิษในกับอากาศ และยังใช้ตน้ ทุนต่าอีกด้วย


“This picture shows us that without the bottle container the bottles would be all over the place. So we created bottle container so they would stay in their place.” ภาพนี้แสดงให้เห็นว่า หากไม่มีที่ใส่ขวดแล้ว ขวดก็จะกระจัดกระจายไปทุกที่ แต่เมื่อเราสร้างที่สาหรับใส่ขวด ขวดก็จะอยู่ในทีท่ ี่จัดให้


“Our differences reveal our distinct personalities.” 1. Laziness, neglect towards the environment and community. 2. Not knowing the value of things, wasting food. 3. Like brothers and sisters, plants have love for one another. A beauty to behold. And what about us? “Can we be like this? That is, are we able to change our attitudes?”

ความแตกต่างทาให้เห็นนิสยั แต่ละคนเป็น 1. นิสยั ขี้เกียจไม่สนใจสิ่งแวดล้อมในชุมชน 2. ไม่รู้จักอดออม กินทิ้งกินขว้าง 3. ต้นไม้เหมือนพี-่ น้องกันที่รักกันอย่างสวยงา พวกเราล่ะเป็นแบบนี้ได้หรือเปล่าที่เรียกกันว่ ภาพนี้แสดงให้เห็นว่า หากไม่มีที่ใส่ขวดแล้ว ขวดก็จะกระจัดกระจายไปทุกที่ แต่เมื่อเราสร้างที่สาหรับใส่ขวด ขวดก็จะอยู่ในทีท่ ี่จัดให้


“A water bottle that supports life.” 1.Taking things for granted. Drinking and then throwing the bottle away. Or an act of not knowing how to put things back in place. 2. Not knowing the value of money and how hard it is to get water. 3. One can do many things with water (all we know is to drink-throw away-buy). “Can we be like this? That is, are we able to change our attitudes?”

ขวดน้าเลี้ยงชีวิต เช่น 1. มักง่าย กินแล้วก็ทิ้ง ล้างหรือเก็บไม่เป็น 2. ไม่รู้จักคุณค่าของเงินและน้า กว่าจะได้มาอย่างยากลาบาก 3. เอาไปทาอะไรได้หลายอย่าง รู้แต่ว่ากิน-ทิ้ง-ซื้อ1


“The path to community life.” เส้นทางแห่งการเป็นอยู่ของชุมชน


“Love and warmth.” ความรักและความอบอุ่น


“A jar of water creates life.” โอ่งน้าสร้างชีวิต


“Order is here.” 1. Our carelessness – taking things for granted. 2. Bringing rot and diseases into the community. 3. Can create problems because we’re throwing trash away carelessly. And when it overflows, we make a fuss if someone else throws garbage on the ground.

ระเบียนอยูท่ ี่กองนี้ เช่น 1. นิสัยมักง่ายของแต่ละคน 2. สร้างความเหม็นเน่านาพาพวกโรคมาสู่ชุมชน 3. ทาให้เกิดปัญหาได้ เพราะว่าทิ้งกันมั่ว พอขยะล้นก็หาว่าใครทิ้งก็เกิดเรือ่ ง


“That which destroys a community.” สิ่งที่ทาลายชุมชน


“A jar of water is many human emotions.” Such as: 1. Store water in case it becomes scarce. 2.Water cleans and cools you down when it’s hot. 3.Water is meant for drinking, but check first to see if its drinkable.

โอ่งน้าเป็นหลายอารมณ์ของผู้คน เช่น 1. เก็บน้าไว้ใช้เวลาขาดแคลน 2. อาบช่วยให้นสิ ัยใจคอเย็นลงในยามร้อน 3. ไว้ดื่มกิน แต่เราต้องดูด้วยว่าสะอาดหรือเปล่า


At First Sight  

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