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Day’s intimate yet subtly epic photographs of phone booth interiors at night reflect the multiple layers of time in Bangkok
Day’s intimate yet subtly epic photographs of phone booth interiors at night reflect the multiple layers of time in Bangkok
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Bangkok: Call Waiting will be published by an internationally known fine art publisher (Kehrer Verlag) with a world-wide distribution network. In the art book economy, artists generally need to contribute to the cost of publishing their books, even with well known publishers like Kehrer. Although this is my second book with them, it is necessary to provide significant funding to make this happen. I’m really excited that I have another book on the way, so I’m offering some prints at special prices and pre-sales of the book. Artists need to reach out to their communities to make extraordinary projects possible, so I am asking for your help. 

Every artist and every photographer's dream is to get some books out. Particularly in the digital age, where every image is transient, books are super important as a lasting record of your work. 

For the past few years I've been working intensively on a really interesting, and as far as I know, unique, project in Thailand; here is what it's about.

Thailand is on the full-steroid drip of modernity, in a mad rush to developed world status. But remaining on the streetscape, in the shadow of glistening Bangkok office towers are these phone booths. They may have disappeared almost entirely in some parts of the world, but here they continue to be used, although probably not for much longer. While shooting I was on occasion interrupted by someone, as often a foreigner as not, needing to use the phone. But they serve other functions as well; I was also interrupted by people using the booths as a miniature warehouses needing to retrieve their goods.

These images show an interesting moment in time, the point at which an obsolete technology is still hanging on, though judging from the number of phone booths without working phones, about to disappear. I have also viewed them as surfaces on which to observe the ephemera of Thai society. Within them and on their glass enclosures one sees every possible manifestation of quotidian life...posters and stickers dealing with housing, jobs, sex, food, entertainment, opportunities for education and social advancement, as well as endless tagging by graffiti artists. And politics; during part of this project the Shutdown Bangkok movement left plenty of evidence in the inscriptions on the phone booths. Outside the encrusted claustrophobic enclosures and visible through the glass, life goes on...people sleep, prepare food, play with their pets, hail tuk-tuks, nurse their beers at sidewalk tables, people get out of cabs.

Risks and challenges

Photography for this project has been completed. Book editing and design is well advanced. The challenge lies in that the publishing of the book requires a sizeable amount of the money in order to get the book made. I am not asking for the full amount, but this will help tremendously and allow people to pre buy the book.

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    A downloadable digital image from Bangkok:Call Waiting

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    A signed copy of Bangkok: Call Waiting plus an archivally printed 8x11" print of an image from the book.

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    Limited Edition Copy

    Signed, numbered copy of the book, including a DVD of video and time-lapse images captured at night in the phone booths, and a (valid) Bangkok phone calling card for the next time you find yourself in Bangkok.

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    Same as above, but also includes an archivally printed accordion book of time-lapse images photographed inside Bangkok's phone booths

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    24x36" print

    A signed, numbered print on Hahnemuhle 315gm paper (from an edition of 15) from the Bangkok series; you will have a choice of images both from the book and the broader series.

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    44x66" print

    A 44x66" print on Hahnemuhle 315gm paper (from an edition of 7) from the Bangkok series; you will have a choice of images from both the book and the broader series.

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    Prints, Drinks, Dinner

    A print, any size, from the Bangkok series, and a second print, any size, from any other series, as long as the image selected has not sold out in it's edition. Furthermore, I will treat you to an evening at Bangkok's Moon Bar and dinner at Vertigo (if you have an issue with heights, consider that Vertigo is aptly named). After dinner, a trip to WTF or any other dive bar(s) of your choice. In addition, I will perform Saint Saens' "The Swan" for you on the flute. For an extra $150 I will not play the flute.

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