Little People

One of my earlier posts on this blog, ‘Surprised Snapshot‘ was related to a project by a Thai photographer named ‘Benz Thanachart‘. From that project, I’ve followed him on his Facebook where he once in a while will talk about some interesting photographers.

He recently mentioned this photographer called ‘Slinkachu‘ whose works focus on tiny objects. He’s started the Little People Project since 2006.

The ‘Little People Project’ started in 2006. It involves the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place, photograph and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography and the titles I give these scenes aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works.
Slinkachu:Bio

Slinkachu - Little People

Slinkachu – Little People

Photos are from Slinkachu:Little People.

I always love photos of tiny things like Macro photography or photos using the Tilt-shift technique. And I think Slinkachu’s works are intriguing as theycould convey dark humour, loneliness and romantic or even terrifying moments. Although, the little people in his works were just small model figures, but I felt that they looked real enough to be human beings with all of those small details.

Even though, his little people has begun almost 8 years ago; but I just heard of his name recently. Still, better heard of him now than know nothing.

Rewind the memories

 

 Play the laughter.

Rewind the memories.

Stop the pain.

Pause the happiness.

– Author Unknown –

Behind the shots

Camera: iPhone 4

Framing and writing: Shot Memo

I chose ‘Travel’ as an approach to Phoneography Challenge’s challenger choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). Those photos were among of many photos created during the time I traveled with my friend in some states on the East Coast of the United States. At that time, I just got the App ‘Shot Memo’ for free so I was excited to use it for writing a short note on each photo and posted them on my Facebook wall as a brief version of my trip in the US.

When I went through those photos again, I found that the comments I put on those pictures were useful even though they were boring such as name of places or meals. Because they help me play back the memories; the exhausted moments, the happy time, the magnificent views, or the delicious meals.

Remembered the time I ate full breakfast at Joe’s cafe on the way to my friend’s home. I loved every thing on that plate especially scrambled egg and I was so in love with French Toast (ahh, just thinking of them makes my mouth watering). Or turned back time to those walking trails that I took: the Harkening Hill trail, the Huckleberry trail, and the Stony man trail. Recalled the moment of being entertained in the Broadway Show ‘Anything goes’. Enjoyed myself in those museums and art galleries. I could go on and on. Of course, I did face a few difficulties during my trip; however they couldn’t replace my moments of joy.

Drum

I have recently seen this video and I thought it was pretty great. It was the cover version on Israel & New Breed – Rez Power by a Thai drummer named ‘Note Weerachat‘. Actually, if he just covered by playing a real drum, I might not have taken much attention on the clip. However, he chose to approach this with a creative idea as you can see in the video.

The idea might not be new for someone, but I don’t find this kind of video created by Thai people that often so it was a reason why I thought the video was refreshing.

This post responds to Frizztext’s the A-Z Challenge ‘D’.

Stuck in a middle

Yesterday I was in a bad traffic during the way home because there was a big accident that blocked the car flow. Normally I should be back home within an hour but it took around two hours and a half for me to reach home yesterday. I was so tired and my legs felt so stiff.

When my car  with me trapped inside could go nowhere, I didn’t have anything to do much except singing songs, observing those around me, and sometimes looking up at the sky.

I wish I was somewhere else

Bangkok | Thailand | July-2013

Bangkok | Thailand | July-2013

Travel theme: Tilted

Hobart | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Hobart | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

I like the above photo as it could represent some perspective in real life, which a small tree needs to tilt itself to be able to grow up otherwise it might be broken if it chose to go straight to a big tree. I snapped this picture while I took a hike at Mt.Nelson in Hobart, capital city for the Australian island state of Tasmania, where I spent 6 months living and taking English language courses.

I found information about Truganini Trail on a piece of leaflet that I’ve received from someone. As I like hiking so I asked my ELS (English as a second language) friends for going there with me. The trail is easy which we could start from the signal station on the top and walk down along the path to the road. On the top, we could see the city below. The walk was fine, and we had our lunch (that we packed) on some logs in the woods before reaching the end.

 

We took a photo of us together when we reached the end. I couldn’t remember how could we take this picture but it was in my friend’s camera.

2 Japanese, 2 Thai and 1 Korean

2 Japanese, 2 Thai and 1 Korean and I still wore eyeglasses (I did Lasik after I came back to Thailand)

My memory of Mt.Nelson has been recently stirred up by a post on Mitzi’s updated Facebook feed. (Mitzi is a Japanese girl whom I was very closed to when I was in Hobart despite the fact that she’s 10 years younger than me) Mitzi has shared a video capturing the Aurora Australis at the Signal Station on Mount Nelson. The video was created by Loic Le Guilly and I think it was spectacular. After seeing it, I just hope I could see things like that with my bare eyes someday.

This post is to participate in Ailsa’s weekly travel theme: Tilted.

An ex

How one can handle an ex? Let’s say ex-boyfriend. (The one I mentioned here)

After I broke up with him for two years and we rarely talk to each other after that. He recently tried to call me which I didn’t pick up his calls. Some might say that we can be friend after breaking-up and that’s what I thought I was going to do. However, I’m always reminded of his rage and jealousy whenever I think of him so I am trying to avoid any communication with him.

When I told him I don’t love him anymore, I didn’t give him any explanation. I kind of took a blame to myself and let him think I was the one who had black-heart (according to a word he called me at that time).

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He may never know how much I needed to alter myself to suit his demands. “Don’t tell your friends/family about our arguments otherwise I will break up with you” as he used to tell me like that so I never told anyone about his over jealousy or anger during our relationship. Anyway, I spoke up after I’m no longer with him.

He never hurt me physically but his fury hurt me emotionally. Yes, we had moments of happiness together but I don’t know why they are so vague memory now. It turns out that I tend to recall the bad moments such as the time when he was suspicious of my relationship with a female friend or a married male co-worker, which I tried to reason with him that I was a straight woman; and I will never engage myself with anyone who’s already had girlfriends/wives.  He claimed that he had a bad experience with his ex-girlfriend so he couldn’t trust me. Thus, I needed to extract myself from others in order to avoid arguments with him on that matter. None the less, I felt that he was unfair as he blamed me for his unfaithful ex-girlfriend.

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We had quarrels many times and I cried a lot. Each time, it would start like I unintentionally did something that he didn’t satisfy with. He would be very angry and I wasn’t aware of what I did wrongly at that time. There was one time we had very big argument in my car while I was driving, and he was very angry … so angry that he punched himself 2-3 times.

I’ve never thought I could endure the roller-coaster relationship like that for 2 and a half years. My friends who know me well can’t believe that I could tolerate such behaviours too. As I has a strong personality outside (but I’m kind of sensitive regarding some topics), I’m not afraid of speaking my mind. I am sincere and I will never be unfaithful. I might not be easy at small talk or start conversation with strangers but I can talk to anyone if we have the same interest on music/book/travel/gadgets without thinking of their genders.

After two years of breaking-up, he started to contact me again. When I didn’t pick up his calls (he tried to call once a week), we talked via Line application. He asked me to meet him for lunch so we can catch up. However, I don’t want to do that. He said if I don’t meet him, he might visit my company (I hope he’s just kidding). He said something like I still love him so that’s why I don’t want to meet him (Unbearable logic?!?) or I’m afraid that he still loves me which I hope not.

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It is annoying and I don’t know how should I handle this kind of situation since I have only one ex-boyfriend in my life (yeah, I’m not popular and might be single till I die). For me, it doesn’t matter what he think about me now, I just don’t want to meet or talk to him unless it is truly necessary. I’m thinking of building up a fake new boyfriend but I knew it’s a silly solution and I’m not good at telling lies. I therefore try to respond him as less as I can without creating bad terms with him. Ignore his non-sense accusation as much as I can.

That is the best option I can think of and hope that he will be bored and stop his attempts as soon as possible.

Hot Pot

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Behind the shot
Camera: Oggl app ‘Food filter’
Re-size and Credit: Typesetter

I snapped this photo by iPhone4 using application called Oggl in order to prove to my friend that Oggl ‘Food filter’ is good for taking Food photos. And I think this shot can confirm my comment.

My friend and I went to the restaurant named Tensho Yakitori at Digital Gateway Siam Center, Bangkok. It is a Japanese restaurant which focuses on Deep Fried and Grilled food in Japanese style. That dish’s name is Buta Kimchi Nabe or we can call it as Kimchi Soup with Pork because Buta (Japanese) means Pork and Nabe (Japanese) means hot pot.

Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings (source).

I really like Kimchi but I had never tried it as in hot pot before I ate that meal, and I liked this style too. However, I think it would be more suitable if we ate it in the cold weather, not in the hot and humid environment as Bangkok. Still, it was a tasty food.

You can see more of Phonegraphy Challenge: Challenger’s choice here.

4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel)