While in Bangkok last month, I contacted my old tutor from Angkor Photo Workshop 2009, Philip Blenkinsop to meet up. Since earlier this year, he had been busy preparing 2snakestudio, basically an abandoned warehouse in Bangkok’s Chinatown which he renovated and turned into a creative space (studio and mini gallery). So I went there and met Philip and his partner Yonola Viguerie.
We talked about photography and life—Philip was a bit busy drilling and nailing, so I talked more with Yonola. Philip also told me about his plans with the new space, and the idea and hard work behind the opening of 2snakestudio. He hadn’t done anything this whole year other than preparing the space; virtually just spending and not earning. He had invested all his savings for the space. I could imagine that it was really tough choice.
From Bangkok, I went back to Indonesia, while Philip and Yonola were racing with time to prepare 2snakestudio for the opening on 23 November. After that, they went to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the Photo Phnom Penh 2011. It was really nice to catch up with them. Looking forward to see and talk with them again, someday, somewhere. ∎