Watsamon “June” Tri­yasakda

You can’t choose how you’re born, but you can choose how to live your life. Thailand seems to be the most tolerant place for the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community. However, tolerance doesn’t mean acceptance. For the LGBTIQ people who have already revealed their gender identity tend to often be the ones that have been mistreated by the general public and the media due to the lack of knowledge and understanding. In Thai society, transmen are still in the shadow of ‘tomboy’ culture. While the terms of ‘transwoman’ and ‘tomboy’ have been well known among Thai people for many decades, the term of ‘transman’ only been introduced about 5 years ago. “Phu Chai Kham Phej” is a Thai term that has been translated from a western term ‘transman’ which means a transgender person who was assigned female at birth but whose gender identity is that of a man. “Mr. Pearl” is a story of Kanattsanan “Mukk” Dokput, 32, who lives true to his heart. Mukk always knows that he was born in the wrong body, so he decided to make to change. This is a journal of the transition of himself and also the society.

“Mr. Pearl” photography project is on­going project started in July 2015.

“Mr. Pearl”은 자신의 마음이 이끄는 것을 충실이 행하는 32세의 Kanattsanan “Mukk” Dokput 에 대한 이야기다. Mukk는 늘 맞지 않는 신체에 태어났음을 알고 있었고 따라서 변화를 주기로 결심한다. 이것은 그의 자아에 대한 변화 과정과 태국 사회에 대한 이야기다.

“Mr. Pearl” 사진전은 2015년 7월에 시작하여 아직도 진행중인 프로젝트다.


Watsamon “June” Tri­yasakda is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. Currently based in Bangkok, Thailand, she does editorial assignments along with event and lifestyles coverages while working on her personal long­term projects on LGBTIQ communities in Southeast Asia.

The Winner of the Annual DocArtsAsia/CDAF Mentorship 2015

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