Bangkok based photographer, Adam Birkan brings us a beautiful look into Thailand’s capitol with a series of shots that play with space, color, and people. An almost quiet look into the city where no one’s really paying attention. The lines, the play on design, the negative space, we’re eating it all up and hoping there’s second helpings.
What I love about Birkan’s work is his play on geometry, design, and space. His photos are crisp and colorful and often time there’s a fun or funny character at times “where’s waldo-ing” in there somewhere leaving me often with a smile and the thought, damn, he definitely caught a moment. Follow his tumblr along with us and reblog and like, reblog and like.
I’ve been a photographer more or less since I was 16, but I picked up my first camera when I was not but a wee lad. I have Bachelors of Science in Visual Communication with a focus on photojournalism from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.
What made you want to move to Thailand?
Create a composition, and wait for a moment within it. The composition is your creativity, capturing the moment takes skill. Only luck lies in between. I try to alter my style to suit the subject matter, I have what I like to call a Bag O’ Styles. No one style fits every scene, and “style” can be a trap, I watch a lot of photographers get obsessed with finding their own style, only to become frustrated when they can’t make a picture of a new subject matter. The idea of a personal style is really a double edged sword.
I can tell your eye is drawn to lines and geometry. Where would you say that comes from?
My eye is drawn to lines and geometry because I practiced seeing them. I looked for them day and night until the chaos dissolved and there was order. I’m by no means a natural. But I believe, you can become a better photographer, or at least more refined and consistent, through practice. Don’t let the inspiration from your childhood fade. I’ve worked hard to rediscover my child like curiosity.
What sort of things are you happiest shooting?
When it comes to my street photography, I don;t like to show people things they have never seen before. That’s easy. It’s showing people things that they didn’t know they’ve already seen is what fascinates me.
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