kare dum - The different one; the weird one.
For my ever-handsome grandfather and my uncle who never seems to stop dreaming.
My uncle was a monk for 25 years. He joined with the majority of his friends but no one stayed as long as him. His friends grew tired of their studies and decided to start living their own life rather than to dedicate it to the Buddhist religion. My uncle didnâ€™t want to give up, he was far too ambitious to leave school behind. After 25 years had passed, he realized that he could never be as good as he wanted to be and instead he ended up envying all of his friends who had built a family during the time he had spent in the temple. Nowadays, he spends all of his waking hours trying to travel back in time, become young again and discover the time to do all those things which he missed out on. It tears him apart, knowing that everything he believed in for 25 years has been a lie and it kills him to be alone. I understand him more than he can imagine.
â€œmy uncle in the steam sauna, trying to age backwards and travel back in time to become youngerâ€?
“my mother looking through my uncle’s photo album”
â€œduring monsoon season, my grandfather digs barricading ditches to stop flooding waterâ€?
“my grandfather home, after a trip to the farm”
â€œgrandpa making an appointment to talk with his dead wifeâ€?
â€œthe village monk on home visitsâ€?
“my mother and her butterfly tattoo’s, she’s always loved butterflies, she believes it’s a good sign to see one and thinks they’re spirits with a message”
Special Thanks Kiko Seiz, Katarina Bergman, Magnus Rosshagen, Per Englund, Emilia Bergmark-JimĂŠnez, Ruang Phothisai, Calle HagerstrĂśm and all the people who made the photographs possible.
First Edition Copyright ÂŠ Sylvia Phothisai 2011 Photography Sylvia Phothisai Book Design Kiko Seiz ISBN 978-91-633-8078-5