was not a coincidence to
have this interview
between me and the
photographer Wan Fazri,
whom I have known for more
than ten years. I was so
sure he probably
didn't expect to talk
to me that much. I often
request his photography
works to accompany my own
writings. I follow
his work in various
magazines and pictures in
some exhibitions in
Thailand. And later I saw
his name and work among
photographers with Dr.
Rangsit Thongsamak, the
president of the
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Club. I wrote an interview
with Dr. Rangsit titled Due to Life and Love in
the Scene4 October 2014
issue, almost 10 years
ago. Dr. Rangsit is from
Prince of Songkla
University, a public
university in Thailand. In
my opinion, a physician is
an exemplary person who
can effectively manage his
career and hobbies. As a
Dr. Rangsit and his team
collaborated with the
Tourism Authority of
Thailand by photographing
landscapes, people and
interesting Thai folk
activities. In addition to
this, they also helped the
victims of flooding in
many areas of Thailand.
The day I asked to interview Wan Fazri, was the day that I myself had a
feeling of excitement, not sure if I could interview him, because it was
less than a week before I saw the pictures he sent me that he had
undergone surgery. And it turned out to be the day he stood on a boat
in the middle of the Mekong River to follow a man named Tono Pakin
Khamvilaisak, swimming between the coasts of Thailand and Laos.
Pakin Khamvilaisak Is a famous singer and actor in Thailand who
organized an activity called "One Man and the River" where one
person swims, and many people swim along the Mekong River crossing
to Laos to raise funds to supply medical equipment to Nakhon Phanom
Hospital, Thailand, and Khammouane Provincial Hospital, Lao PDR.
The latest donation total is 62,821,340 million baht.
I saw the intention and the vision of Wan Fazri. Starting from a long
time ago there are many impressive images: the image of an old monk
giving alms in the morning; on the way back to the temple, there will
be a tricycle that an elderly Muslim man comes to take back to the
temple with the smiles of people who look around long ago, as well as
Tono's swimming day to raise money to help Thai hospitals and Lao
Hospitals on a new path. Despite his surgery, he did not change or
postpone the trip. I can call him the real Hectic Photographer (a
photographer who can handle chaos) nowadays.
. Please tell us about your life. and your family
. I have been called by many names since I was young until now.
People in the close family call me - Wan Fazri. When I was in school,
my friend called me Toh Wan. I just used the word, Toh.
Wan is a lineage related to religion, a religious leader or commoner
married to the son of a king.
My Wan is from a family lineage that has been around for over 400
years. My mother is of royal lineage in JohorMalaysia.
Fazri means dawn.
Wan Fazri is a Muslim religious name, used when studying in Malaysia.
I never attended a Thai school but was born in Sungai Kolok, the
largest border trading area in the Narathiwat province. I completed my
studies in Malaysia.
My father has a shipping company sending goods from Thailand to
Malaysia. My father appointed me as a deputy manager since studying
at the level of Mathayom 3 in Thailand. I started working for my father
at the age of 13 by writing documents, printing out Malaysian tax
invoice forms, checking stock and controling truck loading across the
border. including carrying stuff on a motorcycle to drive to Malaysia
.It's four o'clock and I'm already carrying stuff. Finish work at six
o'clock in the morning, and get on the bus across the border to study in
I have four siblings, three boys, I am the second son, and my youngest
sister Now I have one daughter and one granddaughter.
. Tell us about your photography work.
I never opened a shop or a teaching workshop. After going on a
trip with a western photographer in Taiwan I took people to take
pictures in the Budo Mountains and then got a fever and chills while
flying to meet my girlfriend in Bangkok and had to go to the ICU.
Stayed in the hospital for several days.
I never attended a formal workshop or photography class. One trip in
Taiwan with a western photographer, but he didn't teach much, though
he inspired and encouraged me to think before I do anything. Don't
pay more attention to the camera than your own thoughts.
I don't like contests because they are contests. I don't like competitions.
When there is competition, it lacks independence. It may sound
strange. It's not that I don't like people deciding on my image. I'm even
glad that people come to comment. But the key point is freedom.
I used to submit to contests. There was one time in Nakhon Si
Thammarat that I got 1 out of 10. It was fun and uncomfortable. They
gave me three hours. For the first two hours, I slept under the Bodhi
tree and couldn't think of anything. Just got a picture of the last curve.
A thrilling travel experience was when going to Papua Island. The
guide who drove the tour kept telling stories. I asked if people around
here still eat people, and he replied that he didn't eat, but his father
did. This made me tingle in my spine for about 5 seconds before asking
further. The driver stole money from my pocket and hid it in the
dashboard. My girlfriend was suspicious because 300 USD in the
wallet was missing . Made me forget my stuff and I asked for the keys
to the car. I searched the whole car and found the money in the hood
of the car. I don't know if it was his stupidity or my luck that he just hid
the money there. My girlfriend pretended to be sick and asked to
cancel the trip and immediately drove back to the accommodation. and
sent a message to inform the accommodation in advance about what
happened This story teaches not to trust a guide no matter how good
-looking or reliable he is.
. Tell me how you decided to become a member of the photography
club of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
. I got my own camera in 2013. The first three years were the worst
three years. Because I didn't approach teachers, I thought taking
photos was easy. If you have a camera, you can take pictures. After
that, I started following adults in the photography industry on
Facebook. My idol is Dr. Rangsit Thongsamak. I can only follow him, I
can't ask to be a friend. The doctor's friends have reached 5000.
I learned about the direction of light from the doctor's pictures. Never
talked or met him. Looking at the picture, looking at it, thinking about
it, looking at it, and doing it. If I say that this point is a leap forward for
me, I can call it that. It was speaking in the language of images until
meeting the real person (before Covid 19). Therefore, I was honored
and we went to take pictures in Tha Sala District, Nakhon Si
Thammarat Province together.