(A featured exhibition of Photo Bangkok Festival 2015)
Nightmarish, primeval and strong images captured with beauty and precision. For fans of horror sci-fi, the apocalypse and other mysteries of the Intelligent Universe, Akkara Naktamna’s simple but eye-opening series ‘Signs’ is likely to confirm their growing sense of an organic doomsday conspiracy.
As Akkara says: “My experience in street photography made me sensitive to phenomena and changes around us. I often encounter weird, even eerie, environmental elements, such as various plants that, gorged on the city’s pollution, burst into gigantic mutant creepers, steadily devouring everything around them. They seem to be biding their time to wreak vengeance upon nature-destroying man. Many things we meet in daily life appear inert and lifeless and so are overlooked. Closer scrutiny reveals that they’re furtively signaling each other, emitting unfathomable messages, as in some scene from a horror sci-fi doomsday movie, the kind that always end in tragedy.”
Akkara Naktamna (b.1979) is a software engineer and one of the most outstanding of the emerging generation of street photographer. He has exhibited widely both in Thailand and abroad, notably in China, US and France, and received numerous awards for his street photography. ‘Signs’ is his first solo exhibition.