“Cool” – Akkara Naktamna interview

 

Akkara Naktamna 12øTheP:    Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

AN:        I was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1979. My family moved to Samutprakan, an industrial province near Bangkok, and grew up there.

øTheP:    Who (or what) do you love?

AN:        Family, besides that I love reading comic book, drawing, and being quiet.

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øTheP:    When did you first discover your creative talents?

AN:        When I was young, I made a comic book by drawing in my homework book, and shared to my friends like a weekly magazine. So I think this is the beginning before learning art in high school.

øTheP:    Who and/or what are some of your influences?

AN:        Elliott Erwitt is the first influence of my photography. He is a street photographer and member of magnumphotos. I never forget the feeling when I saw his photographs in the first time. It seems to be discovering an amazing thing, and realized that my life will be changed because of him.

øTheP:    How would you describe your art to someone who could not see/read it?

 

AN:        My work is so simple, funny and weird, which you can find these things on the way home, supermarket, or neighborhood.

øTheP:    How do you prepare yourself for a day of working? Rituals?

AN:        Be prepared, camera must be carried on my hand with fully charged.

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øTheP:    Which is your favorite piece you have created? and Why?

AN:        I like a photograph of woman who seems have wires out from her head. It looks very odd, and rarely to find it again.

øTheP:    If you could spend the day with anyone, living or deceased, whom would you choose and what would hope to gain from the experience?

AN:        Elliott Erwitt, it would be a big day, and great opportunity to up level of my photography skill.

øTheP:    What is your secret ambition?

AN:        Travelling and shooting in North Korea.

øTheP:    What is your favorite word?

AN:        Cool!

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Akkara Naktamna was awarded SPECIAL MENTION of IPA 2013

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