Photographer Kan Kankavee recently visited Taiwan in hopes of photographic success and growth. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Kankavee has traveled internationally to pursue his growing interest in photography. Here are some highlights of a recent email interview conducted with Discover Taiwan magazine.
你當攝影師多久了? | When did you become a photographer?
I started my photography career 3 years ago when I was in Boston.
怎麼會想成為一名攝影師? | What inspired you to become a photographer?
I was inspired after seeing a lot of other photographers’ great work on Instagram. Admiring the work of others allowed me to realize the fun in shooting photographs. Afterward, I became more serious about the art of photography itself.
你認為攝影師在現代社會中扮演的角色是甚麼? | What is the role of photographers in modern society?
Photographers help reflect what happens in our world. The job of a photographer is to collect the important and precious moments that occur and to inspire others. Photographers also help people just enjoy how lovely photography actually is.
為甚麼選擇來台灣攝影? | What attracted you to come to Taiwan as a photographer?
I saw a lot of great Taiwanese photographers from Instagram, including @s.yin.h and @hzy.s. Their photography is exceptional, which lead me to want to shoot in Taiwan. I respect both photographers a lot, and credit them as my inspiration on Facebook (social media website).
你能描述一下來台灣的旅程嗎? 有沒有特別令你印象深刻的部分或是值得一提的事情? | Could you describe your journey to Taiwan? What are some highlights or notable events?
My journey in Taiwan is great mainly because of the chances I have to meet a lot of Taiwanese Instagramers that are also interested in photography. We have had so much fun shooting in both areas of Taiwan such as Taipei and Kaohsiung.
One of the most notable things about being a photographer in Taiwan is nice people. As a photographer, my style includes having to photograph in the streets, which often annoys people. However, in Taiwan, people are always welcoming.
身為一名外國人，你對台灣的大眾運輸系統看法如何? | As a foreigner, what is your perspective on Taiwan’s transportation system?
Taiwan’s transportation system is better than Thailand’s. I have no complaints about it. In fact, it is marvelous to see how efficient the transportation systems run, especially when many people are rushing to travel. This is partly because the Taiwanese people know the rules and follow the rules, which is also a great reason why transportation in Taiwan is much better than it is in Bangkok.
身為一名外國人，你有發現泰國與台灣之間有趣的文化差異嗎? | As a foreigner, what are some cultural differences between Thailand and Taiwan that you found interesting?
I have a say that Thailand and Taiwan actually have many cultural similarities. Although there may be a few cultural differences deep down between the two countries, there was nothing vastly different that I noticed while in Taiwan.
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Hey guys, 40K is finally here I really want to thank all of you who have been supporting me. All the likes, comments and features – Thanks you guys so much In the next few months, I will try to capture more of the different countries, different locations and different moments. Hope you enjoy the ride with me through my photography. And see you soon.
你覺得你的照片能夠為人帶來甚麼影響? | What kind of influence do you think your photos have on people?
I have to say that what I shot in Taiwan is nothing new. Because I am not a local resident, I did not have the chance to explore much in one week. However, I think the style of my photography I used to photograph Taiwan allowed me to build a version of the island that I can call my own. So maybe it is the style and tone of the pictures I shot that made people love photography so much. Above all, I hope people will enjoy another version of Taiwan. ●
By Derek Chan, Douglas Lee and Lilian Lu
Kan Kankavee 1990年出生於泰國曼谷，是一名城市攝影師。2016年在美國波士頓求學時開啟了個人的攝影生涯，起初使用FujifilmXT10，其後升級到同廠的XT2，他的目標是與人分享他觀察世界的視角。 | Kan Kankavee is an urban photographer. Born in 1990, Bangkok, Thailand. Start photography since 2016 during studying in Boston, USA, with XT10 then upgrade to XT2, His goal of photography is to express his visual perspective to the world.
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