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Argus Paul – Taking to Heart

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Argus Paul

Taking to Heart

How to feel time’s presence when a king dies? Infinite moments collect, reverberating in my teeth. The back of my jaw grits closed from sadness, while the curtains of my cheeks push out an empathic smile.

It’s the same tight smile received whenever the King’s name appears here in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok.

Yes, indeed, the eyes do tighten and see things differently when someone loved is gone. Suddenly, collective visions and experiences vibrate with absence, as if realizing a single puzzle piece is missing and perhaps irretrievably lost forever. The air seems painted in ripples. Not so much like a stone cast into a lake but rather how water curls and follows ducks or paper boats on a slow steady river; the wake of water from those who journey on it, the wake of King Bhumibol in the city’s spirit, the wake of grace, dignity and humanity in the hearts of the Thai people. I allowed the wakes to guide me. They spoke in waves of light and said: “Push past the layers behind the laundromats, mannequins, and flowers – be open and free.”  I was photographing like a kite in the wind whose line was cut loose by something stronger than myself. Thoughts of the king and his city tightened and squeezed my eyes into diamonds, showing me everything was priceless.

To Bangkok: No one truly disappears when they fall into the timeless river. They live under the surface, ready to reflect the depths of character for those who traverse it. Reach into the water and retrieve the puzzle piece – it’s not misplaced – it still remains within grasp. There is an invisible silken string that weaves the multiple facets of Bangkok’s soul together in an unbreakable net. It catches everything and nothing is truly lost. Tied together, our hearts beat immeasurably in the boundlessness of now; in the boundlessness of time’s presence.

 

 

 

Bio

Argus Paul is an emerging photographer with an MFA in Studio Arts, currently based in Seoul, South Korea. As a Korean-American who grew up in a rural area near Charlottesville, Virginia, Paul has a unique perspective of Korean identity and its relationship to both global and regional communities. His street photography seeks out and investigates the unseen, unacknowledged citizens of Seoul: cosplay groups, back-alley wrestlers, and underground drag queens. Meanwhile, by having documented the notorious Sewol Ferry Tragedy of 2014 and also the loss of a close family member, Paul has had humbling and life-changing opportunities to explore the subjects of death, grief, and loss on both an international and personal scale.

 

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Riverfront

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Day 9 : Riverfront series 4 : photo by @unemployedhuman “High rise living near the riverside” taglines of one of the residential schemes on the riverfront. Most of the houses would have been sold already, the standard of living in ahmedabad for this type of investors would definitely raise. But i doubt the local standards of living would have changed much, people who own houses already even before the riverfront development project was implemented. It’s all Fancy, and fancy doesn’t excite me anymore. Like, there’s nothing aqua about this scheme. Still a tag line as such can help selling it. Hi, I’m Dhruv Dhakan from India and I will be taking over the Burn Diary feed for the next 7-10 days. So hello diary, lets be terribly beautiful together.

Games

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Square

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Day 8 : Riverfront series 2 : photo by @unemployedhuman A river seperates my city in the so called old and new parts. Boys playing in front of one of a masjid in old city or rather urban old city. If i turn 180 degrees either side from this spot there is this developed space from my old city ( refer image one from this series ) , the devolped part used to be an open space. I have seen both sides of it. I don’t know if this development is good or not, but when i went there the kids were all happy. I guess thats what matters end of the day.Hi, I’m Dhruv Dhakan from India and I will be taking over the Burn Diary feed for the next 7-10 days. So hello diary, lets be terribly beautiful together.

Wall

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Day 8 : photo by @unemployedhuman . A river seperates my city in the so called old and new parts. This is recently developed space from my old city, it used to be an open space. I have seen both sides of it. I don’t know if this development os good or not, but when i went there the kids were all happy. I guess thats what matters end of the day.Hi, I’m Dhruv Dhakan from India and I will be taking over the Burn Diary feed for the next 7-10 days. So hello diary, lets be terribly beautiful together.

Celebration

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Day 8 : photo by @unemployedhuman , met them on the highway. The duo. Its Diwali, festival of lights. One of the many important festivals india has. Everyone around is in festive mood.Hi, I’m Dhruv Dhakan from India and I will be taking over the Burn Diary feed for the next 7-10 days. So hello diary, lets be terribly beautiful together.

Hand

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Day 8 : photo by @unemployedhuman .Hi, I’m Dhruv Dhakan from India and I will be taking over the Burn Diary feed for the next 7-10 days. So hello diary, lets be terribly beautiful together.

Selfie

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Day 8 : self portrait by @unemployedhuman .Hi, I’m Dhruv Dhakan from India and I will be taking over the Burn Diary feed for the next 7-10 days. So hello diary, lets be terribly beautiful together.

Plant II

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Day 8 : photo by @unemployedhuman .Hi, I’m Dhruv Dhakan from India and I will be taking over the Burn Diary feed for the next 7-10 days. So hello diary, lets be terribly beautiful together.