(Central News Agency reporter Lu Xinli’s special report from Bangkok on the 18th) “Taiwanese people always smile and welcome me warmly.” In the eyes of Thai photographer Tielasat, Taiwan is a place full of beautiful scenery, rich in human touch, and worth visiting again and again. He used One photo after another, he recorded these unforgettable moments.
Theerasak Saksritawee visited Taiwan for the first time in 2015 and was amazed by its beauty. In 2016, he traveled independently again, determined to visit more places in Taiwan and take photos of Taiwan’s beauty. In 2017, Theerasak Saksritawee went to Taiwan twice more , the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) epidemic broke out in early 2020, and the global tourism market stagnated. Just after countries lifted their lockdown, Tielhasa immediately visited Taiwan twice in 2023.
Thielasak always uses his shutter to capture the unique and beautiful features of Taiwan. Therefore, the Bangkok Office of the Tourism Department invited him to design an image advertisement of Taiwan for public transportation. He recently featured “Lost in Taiwan” at the River City Art Center in Bangkok. He held a personal exhibition with the theme of “LOST in TAIWAN”, showing the charm of Alishan, Hehuan Mountain, Taipei 101, Matsu Blue Tears, Yehliu, Jiufen, Taroko and Sun Moon Lake that fascinated him.
In 2016, a series of Tielhasa’s works became popular after being reported by Taiwanese media. In particular, a photo of a Taiwanese motorcycle rider waiting for a traffic light on the Land Bridge during work hours on a rainy morning captured a unique scene in Taiwan. Each person in the photo was The knight wears a raincoat in the heavy rain, carefully watching everyone’s expressions whether they are helpless or sleepy, carefully presenting the daily life of Taiwanese people.
Tielasa’s photography works are full of all kinds of small details worth savoring. He sometimes puts himself in the photos in a childish way. When he visited Taiwan again in 2023, Tielasa, who is married and has children, even put his wife and little daughter in the photos. In the photos, they were asked to wear clothes of different colors to match different shooting scenes such as Brown Avenue, Yehliu, Yangmingshan, and Foguang Mountain in Taitung to make the photos more outstanding.
Therhasa wanted to use photos to express that these places are suitable for families and children to travel together. For Theelhasa, these photos have more meaning in life.
In addition to the natural beauty, Tielasa also found it interesting to photograph Taiwan’s cultural landscape, such as the eight generals in temple fairs and the carved beams and painted pillars of the Bishanyan temple. He said: “Taiwan is like a combination of the characteristics of northern, central and southern Thailand. In a place like the north, there are mountains, sea and city at the same time, and it is very convenient to go up to the mountains or go down to the sea.”
A lot of time and effort was spent behind each photo. In addition to finding a suitable shooting spot, some also had to wait continuously, such as a photo of the starry sky on Mount Ali, and another photo of the sky surrounded by clouds and mist taken on Datun Mountain. 101 is the result of Tielhasa spending a lot of time waiting for it.
Taiwan’s natural and cultural scenery makes Tielasa unforgettable. The friendliness and enthusiasm of Taiwanese people are the reason why Tielatha visits Taiwan again and again. “Taiwanese people are always friendly and always have a smile on their face. When I hear that I am from Thailand, People are very welcoming, and they welcomed me even more warmly when they saw me carrying a camera.”
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Before Thielaksa leaves for Taiwan, he will refer to the works of Taiwanese photographers on Facebook, and thus he gets to know many Taiwanese photography enthusiasts and Thai photography enthusiasts working in Taiwan. Every time Thielasat visits Taiwan, the Taiwanese photography enthusiasts will be enthusiastic They entertained him and recommended him suitable places for taking pictures. A series of photos of Matsu in Tielhasa were completed while staying in the home of a fellow photographer.
Tielhasa recalled that among several shooting trips, the one that left the deepest impression on him was when he went to Sicao Tunnel to wait for the boat ride. As soon as people knew he was a photographer, they immediately asked him not to queue up and gave him the best shooting position, which moved him. In the future, he will continue to be moved by this feeling and continue to capture the charm of Taiwan that he has lost in his heart. (Editor: Gao Zhaofen/Chen Huizhen) 1121118