“With my passion for creative works and photography, I want to use my skills and abilities for the greater good. That’s why I started The Fighters
In adland, Suthisak ‘Suthi’ Sucharittanonta is best known as one of Thailand’s trailblazing creative leaders, the creative chairman of BBDO Bangkok. But he’s also a photographer with a sharp eye and a flair for dramatic images spliced with shadows and shards of light. He rarely ventures out without his trusty Leica in hand (check out his Instagram here
But while his work tends to the architectural this summer, he released his most meaningful and human photography projects to date. The Fighters is a series of photographs of six individuals with disabilities, who have spent their whole lives fighting to excel. The images debuted in an exhibition which toured around Thailand, where photobooks and photo prints were sold to raise money for the Thai Disabled Development Foundation.
The featured fighters all display positivity and determination, and have fought to overcome every obstacle that is thrown their way: Mr. Ekachai Wankaew, an armless artist; Mr. Peerach Panayothakul, a young tailor shop owner who has down syndrome; Ms. Buntida Chinnawong, a beauty blogger with no arms; Ms. Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, a college student who lost both legs and working as a “happiness surveyor” at a hospital; Mr. Sumet Thammawong, a blind drummer of the band, “Diamond”; and Ms. Saisunee Jana, a wheelchair fencing athlete in the Thai national team. They have all shown great perseverance on a daily basis and have excelled in their chosen fields.
According to Suthisak, he also intended to give a platform to inspirational individuals and to encourage the people of Thailand to view people with disabilities through a different lens. “I want the photographs and stories of these six fighters to inspire the community, so that people are motivated to embrace their lives without having the thought of mental or physical inadequacy become an obstacle. In addition, I hope to remove the negative stigma around people with disabilities, so that they could have equal opportunities as the general public without feeling inferior.”
You can donate by purchasing the photobook and all photographs, which are available all day. For online purchases of photobooks : Contact https://www.facebook.com/thefightersproject/
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