The Thai people have an integral relationship with local markets and commerce. Whereas many people from industrialized nations such as the United States rely on supermarkets and grocery stores, Thai people have a more direct relationship with goods and resources. Local markets allow the common man to sell his or her own goods for a direct profit. Consumers benefit from this relationship as well because they can verify that the goods they are purchasing are fresh and high quality. Most of the vendors at markets are female because of the patriarchal ideal that men work the fields or on the fishing boats (perform the physical labor) and women take them to market. The goal of this collection is to bring the viewer into the visual world of Thai commerce using light as a guidepost.
While traveling through southern Thailand I found myself enchanted by the mundane. The haphazard quality of the buildings, infrastructure, and streets had their own unique, artistic flare. Nothing in Thailand is uniform; everything glistens with the beauty of the moment, the idea that all things created must deteriorate, and that function doesn’t always dictate organization. The marketplaces in Pak Phanang were my favorite visual representation of this idea because, for a few hours in the morning light, they take on an otherworldly (almost holy) aesthetic. The slapdash construction of the roofing at the market doesn’t need to be changed because this is what imbues the space below with such an enchanting quality. Otherwise mundane holes in the ceiling become brilliant oculi for golden sunlight, and this luminance is what I sought.