Darkle


Darkle

While cutting his teeth as an advertising creative in the early Noughties, DARKLE was shortlisted at Cannes Lions for his lead acting role – dressed in wig and beard as Tom Hanks’ Cast Away – in a Dentsu Tokyo spot for Zebra pens. The limelight though clearly had adverse effects. The following week DARKLE stole a camera and borrowed a tiny crew and shot his first short film in just two hours in a downtown Bangkok hotel elevator. He knew then which side of the camera he wanted to be on. A writer and film director as well as a photographer, DARKLE is most content when alone with his still camera in the wilds of Burma or China or on urban safari down the side streets of Hong Kong or Kathmandu. Stark, bleak, grave but precise and at times unnerving, DARKLE finds poignancy in the solemn; his approach treating documentary subjects – landscapes, cityscapes and portraits – as fine art. DARKLE has exhibited work in galleries in as far flung places as Beijing, Sydney, London and New York, and also closer to his adopted home – both as part of Thai Trends at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre and the inaugural PhotoBangkok festival this last year. His most recent exhibition, Liberation – a body of work shot in the Himalayas – was sponsored by authorized Leica dealer IQ Lab to showcase the new Leica Q camera.