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Phnom Penh Photo 2012 –Miti Ruangkritya

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Imagining Flood is a photographic study of the recent floods in Bangkok. The collection of photos aims to capture the foreboding and surreal nature of the event by presenting the flood in a dreamlike and other worldly manner. When the news first arrived that Bangkok would be affected, concern naturally became widespread and all manner of preparation were made. The centre of city remained untouched but the sense of threat still lingered in people's minds, as the city was encircled by water logged houses, streets and motorways. It is the sense of waiting and fear that first drew me to the project. Whether the floods have been experienced firsthand or through news reports, conjuring a mental image of the event cannot be avoided, which influenced my approach in shooting these scenes ¬ as if developed from the subconscious, contrasting with the urgent and frenetic style that has been depicted in the media. Each scene takes place at night or the early hours creating a dream like atmosphere. The series are deliberately shot at these particular times using a tripod and slow shutter speed in order to capture a sense of stillness and the sense of wait and dread that the floods had created.

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