BANGKOK — With the advent of the selfie came the power for everyone to write history from their own perspective. An emerging Thai photographer captured people in this iconic pose at a political gathering which led the country to where it is today.

It’s no longer an era where only those with proper cameras can write history, as anyone with a smartphone can now be a part of it, simply by taking selfies in any event.

“Technology has changed and now everyone can write history from their own perspective,” said photographer Peera Vorapreechapanich on the phone. “Mobile phones have given people equal power to record their own account of history and pin in on their timelines.”

Twenty-six photos will be on display showing protesters engaged in political gatherings that the 29-year-old photographer spent 6 months capturing, during the time the People’s Democratic Reform Committee demanded then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra be removed from power in between 2013 and 2014.

Peera said the protests coincided with the popularity of the word “selfie” – designated international Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionary in 2013.

He recounted seeing a man taking selfies amidst an intense situation and another taking selfies before the backdrop of a burnt car on Ratchadamnoen road for more than 30 minutes.

“It’s good to notice how people write their story with political protests in the background so that we can learn how people interact with each situation,” said Peera.

All photos are in monochrome, as the photographer wanted to keep them thematically uniform for visitors to focus on the situations, rather than the colors of each photo.

“Check-In” exhibition will launch at 7pm on Saturday and run through Aug. 19 at Soy Sauce Factory. It’s on Soi Charoen Krung 24, a 15-minute walk from MRT Hua Lamphong exit No. 1.

Photo: Peera Vorapreechapanich/ Courtesy.
Photo: Peera Vorapreechapanich/ Courtesy.