High quality materials, excellent craftsmanship, attention to every details : these are the pillars defining Tawn Chatchavalvong’s career in fashion design. In 7 years, his brand Tawn C became world famous, selling in Thailand, Paris, New York, Koweit, and Moscow. He presents his collections twice a year in Paris for the Fashion Weeks. We meet Khun Tawn in his Gaysorn Village flagship store, and he told us about the values that drives his work, the fashion school he attended, his travels, the way he’s inspired, and his recent project making a chocolate collection in collaboration with Sofitel hotels…
After a degree of Art Administration and Cultural Management at Chulalongkorn University, Linjie Zhou worked at the HOF Art Space Gallery for several years. Then she became curator for Subhashok, an influential gallery in the art world in Thailand. Linjie tells us about her work as a curator, her relationship with the artists and the public, how she choose the concept of an exhibition and the corresponding art pieces. She presents as well the next exhibition of a fascinating Thai sculptor…
We had the chance to meet Cristiana Viana, Miss Portugal, in Lisbon. She told us about her experience as Miss Portugal, the countries she discovered, the people she met, and her projects for the future.
Mr Isidro de Brito, President of Miss Portuguesa, was present as well and could give us some knowledge and understanding about the organisation of the contest and the international relations he maintains with other beauty contests.
We met with Xavier Jamaux in his Paris studio where he composed the original sound tracks for Johnny To’s best Hong Kong films: Sparrow, Accident, Mad Detective, Three and more… Xavier told us about his love for Hong Kong, his encounters with Johnny To, his trips to Japan and Taiwan and his upcoming collaborations with Jay Jay Johanson and top model and singer Tatiana Platon.
The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture of Thailand, organized a fashion competition to promote the young designers in Thailand. After the selection, 117 new Thai designers presented their creation during a fashion show. The event took place in Siam Paragon, the 9th of May 2017. There were 3 editions before : in 2011, 2012 and 2013 . Now in 2017 it’s the 4th edition.
The artist and designer Wisharawish Akarasantisook organised the selection, the preparation and the good execution of the show. We had the chance to meet him for an interview to learn more about this project.
Fuanglada “Sai” Jeeoun is a young and successful thai designer who started JanFive Studio two years ago. She creates bags and scarfs that sell worldwide. We met Sai in her studio in Bangkok where she draws and design her products, and she told us about her passion for her work, her inspiration, the travels around the world, and the projects for the future.
Thailand Comic Con 2017 is one of the main event for Cosplay, Comics, Anime, Contests in the country. It took place at Siam Paragon, in the heart of Bangkok, from the 21st to the 23rd of April 2017. Bangkok cosplayers bring their best costume for the event and we shot the most beautiful of them.
I shot the event with a Sony A7R2, Sony G Master lens 2470F2.8 and the flash F43M. Most of the time the aperture is 2.8, the shutter speed is 1/160s .
Enjoy the pictures!
Nous avons rencontré Xavier Jamaux dans son studio à Paris où il a composé les bandes originales des plus grands films de Hong Kong pour Johnny To : Sparrow, Accident, Mad Detective, Three etc…
Xavier nous a parlé de sa passion pour Hong Kong, de ses rencontres avec Johnny To, de ses voyages au Japon et à Taiwan, ainsi que de ses futures collaborations avec Jay Jay Johanson et Tatiana Platon, top model et chanteuse…
The 38th Bangkok International Motor Show is taking place for the public from the 29th of March to the 9th of April 2017. The 27th is for the VIP’s and the 28th is for the Press.
The theme of this year is “Reach to the Planet of Technology” . More than ever, technology takes an important place in the car industry, to make car more efficients, environmentally friendly, and well designed.
The venue is as usual Impact Challenger 1-3, Muang Thong Thani.
The most beautiful models are here to present the cars and give informations to the visitors.
Here are my first pictures. Stay tuned here or on my Facebook to see more pictures later. I will add pictures almost everyday.
I shoot with a Sony A7R2, a zoom lens Sony G Master 2470F2.8 and a flash Sony F43M
You can enjoy great panoramic city views of Bangkok from Bayoke II Observation Deck, 84th floor. It’s the second tallest building of the city, after Mahanakon Tower which was build recently. The price is 350 baht per person. It’s a 10-15 minutes walk from CentralWorld.
I choose a sunny day to go there. However, if you plan to go there to take professional pictures, you have to be there from 4pm to 5pm . The rest of the time the revolving floor is moving which could make you picture less sharp, even if you shoot at a high speed. This makes of course impossible any long pose picture at night time… I’ll need to find another roof to take panoramic night pictures.
Most of the pictures feature Rachaprasong, Siam, Ploenchit, and Sukhumvit.
Wisharawish Akarasantisook is a famous and talented artist and fashion designer in Thailand.
We had the chance to meet him in Bangkok before his journey to Paris for the Fashion Week.
We talked about his artistic projects, the exhibition “Made by Paris” and the international marketing work he’s doing for a fashion brand of clothing. Wisharawish told us as well about his haute couture collections, and his missions with the Ministry of Culture to promote thai silk and young thai designers.
Thailand Game Show (TGS) is one of the best Cosplay event in Bangkok.
The most beautiful girls of Thailand come to show their costume and join the contest.
This year, it took place in Siam Paragon the 9th, 10th and 11th of December 2016.
I shot 50 of them with my Sony A7R2, Sony G Master Lens 2470F2.8, and the flash Sony F43M.
Enjoy the pictures!
Jantira “Ya” Namwong is a famous and talented Boudoir Photographer in Thailand. Her brand “Boudoir by Ya” creates sensual and artistic pictures which enhance the model’s beauty. In this conversation, Jantira tells us about her work, her travels and her projects.
I shot some street photography in Hong in different locations : Kowloon,Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Harbour, Central. My camera was the Sony A7R2 and the Sony G lens 2870F2.8 . I had a Gopro Hero 5 mounted on my chest with the Chesty. So I was filming at the same time. You can see below the youtube video and the pictures.
Nasha Mekraksavanich is a young and successful designer, based in Thailand with two shops in Bangkok ; at Emporium (1F) and Siam Paragon (1F). She is famous worldwide and has customers across the globe. She has just been elected as the most stylish woman 2016 from Zen stylish award.
We met Nasha in Bangkok, in one of her shop on the first floor of the Emporium shopping mall (Phrom Phong).
From a modest fishing village, Hua Hin became a famous beach resort thanks to the railway which was opened in 1911.
The Railway Hotel was build in 1922 by Mr. A. Rigazai, the State Railways’ Italian architect. The hotel had 14 bedrooms, a lobby lounge, bar, restaurant, billiards room, wine storeroom and large verandas. More guest rooms and restaurants were added through the years.
Parts of the famous film “The Killing Fields” (1983) were shot in this hotel which was supposed to be Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh.
In 1988, the hotel was purchased by Accor and became the Hotel Sofitel.
It became the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin in 2014. This 5 stars luxury hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
I shot this pictures with a Sony A7R2, Sony G lens 24-70F2.8, the tripod Manfrotto 190 (Markins ballhead) and the Sony infrared remote RMT-DSLR2. The exposure time goes from 30 to 96 seconds (bulb mode). aperture from F11 to F22. ISO 100 for all the pictures. Light editing in Lightroom from Adobe.
Anime Festival Asia Thailand, AFATH 2016 is a major even for Anime and Cosplay in Thailand. Many stars came from all over Asia to perform on stage, and the most famous cosplayer from Thailand came with amazing costumes.
It took place the 19th,20th and 21st of August 2016 at Siam Paragon, 5th floor, Royal Paragon Hall. A great venue for such an event, easy to reach by the sky train and big enough to welcome everybody.
I shot 500 pictures theses 3 days and selected the best 50 that are published here.
I shot the pictures with a Sony A7R2, Sony G lens 24-70 F2.8 and the flash F43M.
Enjoy the pictures!
Thailand Digital Game Arena took place in Siam Paragon, Bangkok,Thailand the 12,13,and 14th of August 2016.
It’s a major event in the video game world in Asia.
I shot the pictures with a Sony A7R2, Sony G lens 24-70 F2.8 and the flash F43M.
Here are the most beautiful girls of the show :
The Lanna Folklife museum is set in a 1935 colonial style building which was previously the Municipal Court of Chiang Mai. It was open in december 2013 after a complete renovation to promote the Lanna heritage and rich culture.
The museum displays statues, temples reproductions, artefacts, and reproduction of the lifestyle and knowhow of the Lanna traditional culture. There is as well a special collection of Buddhas made in quartz by local independent artists.
It is conveniently situated in the center of Chiang Mai (Phrapokklao Road)
opposite the 3 Kings statue.
It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 5pm. closed on Monday.
I’ve visited Budapest, the capital of Hungary in June 2016. It was the best time to be there, the weather was beautiful and it was not too crowded. The sky was perfect for the pictures especially at dawn. Budapest is a lively and lovely city with 1.7 millions people and many beautiful buildings from the Austria-Hungary Empire. More recent are the Art-Deco facades of Andrassy boulevard.
In this article you’ll see the most famous buildings and places of Budapest : the Danube river,the Parliament, the Cathedral, Fisherman’s Bastion, the Grand Market, the Opera, Andrassy avenue, the Four Season Hotel, Vaci u shopping street and much much more…
Fast Auto Show 2016 is a car show taking place in BITEC exhibition center, Bangkok from the 29th of June to the 3rd of July 2016. There were many promotions to boost the sales.
The Pretties were here to present the cars and the exclusive promotions.
Many thanks to all the beautiful models for their time!
I shot this event with a Sony A7R2, the new Sony G Lens FE2470mmF2.8 and the sony flash F43M.
Thai Japan Anime & Music Festival 2016 at CentralWorld Square 8th 9th of May 2016, 6th edition :
it’s a cosplay event and contest with concerts and anime songs. Cosplayers come mainly from Thailand but there are as well many performers who come from Japan and other asian countries.
We shot the most beautiful models and costumes and you can see below the pictures.
Thanks to all the pretty models who took the time to pose for us!
I shot this event with a Sony A7R2, the Zeiss lens and the sony flash F43M
Let’s enjoy the picture!
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a sacred and revered temple, 15 km from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The altitude of 1600 meters above sea level offers beautiful views of the city.
During the Sukhothai Kingdom, the monk Sumanathera found a relic of the Buddha, a shoulder bone, which had magical powers.
In 1368, the monk brought the relic in Lamphun to King Nu Naone of Lan Na. The relic broke in 2 pieces. The small one was enshrined at a temple in Suandok.
The other part was placed on the back of a white elephant. The elephant when on top of a mountain and died here after trumpeted three times. This was interpreted as a good omen and King Nu Naone ordered the construction of Wat Phra Tat at this place.
I was walking around l’Ile-Saint-Louis in Paris, coming from Notre-Dame Cathedral when I saw this amazing procession of vintage Citroen 2 CV. This car is an emblem, a mythical vehicule that french people love and represent a period of our history. It is no longer produced, some collectors still drive them, and apparently you can rent them from this company, Paris Authentic. This day a group of tourists were enjoying a ride in Paris with these beautiful cars which seemed to be in a good shape and well maintained. I’m glad to see that this company is carrying on our tradition and maintaining our cultural heritage in this field.
I shot these pictures with a Sony A7R2 and a Sony G lens FE2470mmF2.8GM, edited in Lightroom.
Thailand Comic Con is a major event for movies, comic books, board games, video games, and Cosplay.
The most important actors of this field were represented : Isuzu, FujiFilm, Dtac, Kantana,Major Group, Channel24, PlayStation, Magic The Gathering, Banana IT, Comical, XM Studios, Warner Bros etc…
Organised by Hobbie Plus Company Limited, it took place the 22nd,23rd,and 24th of April 2016 at Siam Paragon, BTS Siam, Bangkok.
The best cosplayers of Thailand came with their beautiful costumes and we had the chance to take amazing pictures!
I shot this event with a Sony A7R2, a Zeiss lens FE55mmF1.8 and the sony flash F43M
Enjoy the pictures!
After a complete renovation , Siam Discovery re-opens with an amazing design, from a Japanese design studio Nendo and the Thai company Urban Architect.
All the details have been carefully designed to present the products in an artistic way and allow the customer to live a special experience through the 40 000 square meters.
Thousands of foreign and thai brands are represented along with cafes, restaurants and even an art gallery.
Conveniently situated between the stations Siam and National Stadium, this new mall is already packed on week ends, just a few days after the opening.
If you get off at Siam station, you have to walk through Siam Center first and then you’ll reach Siam Discovery. If you get off at National Stadium, you’ll see first MBK on your right, and a few minutes later you’ll see Siam Discovery.
I took these 60 pictures with a Sony A7R2 and the new lens Zeiss FE2470F2.8 G Master
let’s start the visit!
The Bangkok International Motor Show is the most important car show of the year in Thailand. This 37th edition took place from 21st of March to the 3rd of April 2016. All the car makers and accessories sellers are represented on the 60 000 sqm indoor space available.
They hire the most beautiful models of Thailand to describe the features the cars, and participate in numerous shows and choreography. In Thailand the models are called “Pretty”, this is how they call this job.
I went there 3 days to be sure to shoot everything, and to have the different outfits of the models because they change everyday.
I shot all the pictures with my Sony A7R2, the Zeiss lens FE55mmF1.8 and the Sony flash F43M. Most of the time I shoot at f1.8 and 1/160s. ISO depend on the ambient light which is very different from one booth to another.
I shot 900 pictures and selected the best 100 for this post. I did some light editions in Lightroom.
Let’s enjoy the pictures!
Paris is beautiful in April, the beginning of spring. The weather is usually nice, sometimes rainy which gives to the city a romantic mood. Street Photography in black and white seems the best way to show the atmosphere and the beauty of the capital of France.
I shot most of the pictures in the Quartier Latin (Saint-Germain, Saint-Michel, Odeon, Ile-Saint-Louis) and Le Marais . I used a Sony A7R2 and the prime Zeiss lens FE55mmF1.8 and edited the pictures in Lightroom.
The Villa Empain in Brussels is a perfect exemple of Art Deco style, build in the 1930s by the architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain. He donated the house to the Belgium state in 1937 to turn it into a museum for decorative and contemporary arts.
In 2008 the house was acquired by the Fondation Boghossian which renovated the site to make a cultural center for art exhibitions, concerts and conferences.
Montmartre and Place des Tertres are the most typical places in Paris. This is were you can see and live the real Parisian way of life, with the cafés, the restaurants, the artists, the long stairs with the lamps, amazing views etc…
Not far from there, are the Basilic of the Sacré Coeur and Place des Abesses with the Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre church.
Enjoy the visit!
The beautiful Residence of the French Ambassador in Bangkok was originally a custom office when it was given to France in 1856.It is a romantic location, on the bank of the Chao Praya river, close to the legendary Oriental Hotel.
It became this typical colonial palace at the beginning of the 19th century after significant renovations.
In this article, you have a complete visit of the premises : reception hall, bedroom, kitchen, dining room, patio, the swimning and the garden with the view on the river.
I was in Koh Samui, Thailand in February 2016 and I took some great pictures during my visits : Hotels (Centara Grand- Intercontinental – Iyara ), beautiful beaches, fireworks, full Moon landscapes, Temples, and much more…
Enjoy the pictures !
The Mobile Expo took place in February 2016 in Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The major Brands were present to show their latest technology : Samsung, LG, HuaWei, Lenovo, Vivo, ZTE, Focus. Thethai mobile operators had huge shops as well : True Move, AIS, DTAC.
They hired beautiful models, called “Pretties” in thailand to present their products. you can see below the best pictures from the show!
Enjoy the pictures!
Chinatown in Bangkok is called Yaowarat, it’s a huge neibourhood were the chinese migrants settled in the 19th and 20th century.
The traditions are still alive in Chinatown Bangkok and they celebrate the Chinese New Year from the 8th of February this year 2016.
Dragon dance, music, food, shows, and prayers in the temple, all the ingredients of and authentic New year are there, just like in China.
I shot 70 pictures with my Sony A7R2 and the Zeiss prime lens FE55mmF1.8.
Enjoy the pictures!
The 8th Bangkok Motorbike Festival took place in the shopping mall CentralWorld, from the 27th to the 31st of January 2016. It was a fantastic show and the major brands were represented : BMW, Honda, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Suzuki etc…
Some local shops like Dr Bike from Thailand were present as well.
To show and present these amazing bikes, the most beautiful “Pretty” girls of Thailand were here. I shot 70 pictures with my Sony A7R2, the Zeiss lens FE35mmF2.8 and the sony flash F32M. Usually I shoot these events with my FE55mmF1.8 , but this time I wanted to have a wider angle to have the bikes and the models in the frame.
Enjoy the pictures !
Japan Festa is the biggest Japanese Pop Culture event in Thailand. Hundreds of Cosplayers were present to sing, dance, and show their beautiful costumes. It took place in CentralWorld, a shopping mall in the center of Bangkok, the 23rd and 24th of January 2016. There were some Cosplayers from all over Asia, and of course a lot of Thais. Cosplay is very popular in Thailand.
I shot around 600 pictures in 2 days, and finally I have selected 78 of them. I edited them in Lightroom, and some in Photoshop to create a better Cosplay atmosphere. I even made a cartoon effect on one of them, it was interesting to try.
I shot all the pictures with my Sony A7R2, a prime Zeiss lens 55mmF1.8 and a Sony Flash F43M. even if it’s not a wide angle, I managed to get the entire costume in the frame most of the time, which is the purpose in this kind of events.
enjoy the pictures !
Miss Grand International 2015 is one of the most important beauty pageant in the world.
The most beautiful girls represent their country, and they came to Bangkok, Thailand for the contest. They will have a tour of the country during 3 weeks, and after the vote, the final show will present the winners.
100 countries are represented.
I shot all these pictures with the new Sony A7R2, the Zeiss lens 55mF1.8 , and the flash Sony F43M
Enjoy the pictures!
I’ve just bought the new Sony A7RII and I am testing it in order to make a review on Youtube. Before finishing the test I’m gonna post right now the pictures that I take everyday. So I will update this post several times a week with my new pictures.
I had previously the Sony A7R, I was very satisfied of it, that’s why I was sure that I would like the New A7RII even more with the new features : contrast and phase detection autofocus, in-body stabilisation, 42 megapixels sensor, 4k video shooting ect.
I will be able of course to use all the FE lenses that I have : FE55mmF1.8 , FE35mmF2.8 , FE16-35mmF4 . the 2 first lenses don’t have the optical stabilisation which was a problem when I was taking videos. now, with the in-body stabilisation, my videos will look better and I won’t need to stabilise them in iMovie .
Let’s have a look a the pictures now!
I visited Rome a few days in April 2015. This is the best period for tourism : nice weather and not too much tourists.
The city is amazing for its history, shopping, restaurants and of course ice-screams ! Walking in Rome is an experience full of surprises ; each streets will lead you to a “piazza” with a beautiful monument or a charming venue.
You can see below the pictures and I hope you’ll enjoy the visit!
In Dubai the police drive Ferraris, in Bangkok the taxis have Lamborghinis, question of taste!
Actually, as you can guess, it’s not a real taxi, you can read the real story below ;
The most beautiful models from Playboy Thailand came for the Photo Fair 2014 at BITEC, Bang Na. They met their fans, signed autographs on magazines, and posed for a photo shoot.
They are very famous in Thailand. They are Numay Thunnaree, Aumboon Naruemon, Megus Pusita, Pangogi Surangkanang, and Sodaize Tachada.
You can see the best pictures below.
I took all the pictures with my Sony A7R, Zeiss 35mmF2.8 and the Flash F43M
We had the chance to meet Tada Varich, fashion photographer for Vogue Thailand. He gave us some time during a photoshoot at Airlab studio , which immersed us into his world and the atmosphere of thai fashion.
In July 2017 I attended the harvest of the cork oak trees in a 800 hectares (2 000 acres ) forest, 70 km from Lisbon. This harvest can be done every 9 years, in June and July because of the good weather conditions. This is a very delicate process, because they have to remove the cork without hurting the tree. After removing it, they write the number of the year in order to know which tree has to be harvest again in 9 years.
You can find below 70 pictures on 4 pages and a video that I shot this day.
Coscom Thailand 2017 took place at the Suan Dusit University, Bangkok, the 21st of May 2017. There was a show and a cosplay contest. During the event, many beautiful cosplayers were showing their best costume and we had the opportunity to take their picture.