Son of a Thai diplomat, Dow Wasiksiri spent his childhood in different Western countries, according to where his father was posted. This multi-cultural experience has enabled Wasiksiri to view own country and people with a dual insider-outsider perspective.
Kad Luang market is the largest and the oldest (103years old) market in the Northern part of Thailand, and is situated by the Ping River in Chiangmai. There are various food, such as pad Thai, northern Thai sausage, bamboo worms, insects and local fruits are sold. Its rich diverse cultures and the harmony of different faiths, makes this busy and lively market an interesting place.
During the day it’s a large three story market and after dusk it becomes an open air market with roadside stalls. “That’s why I was interested in photographing the people and their different characters around the market area. I focused mainly on how people dress to express themselves without having to follow fashion trends, each and everyone is unique in their own way. I also look at the market as a local fashion house, many styles of clothing can be found there, but not only do they sell clothes, you can also buy almost anything there,” explains Wasiksiri. Even the backdrops for this lively documentary portrait are bought from the market.
He goes on to explain: “The way I work is to find the characters who dress quite loud from the norm and single them out to be photographed, I then run off to buy the backdrops to go with my subjects, very spontaneously and very raw. To me this is some form of happening art this is also my way of showing that the market supplies everything when needed.”
Dow Wasiksiri honours one of the most important spots of local daily life, where you can find anything at any time and anyone dressed in anything.