15 images Created 4 Jun 2020
Farang, the foreigner
I arrived in Koh Lanta on March 19th. I was planning to stay for one week or so, I have been here for two months and a half now. COVID-19 changed my plans, as it did for everyone else. But I do not want to talk about that. This photo series is not about COVID-19. Instead, I want to tell about my months as a farang, a foreigner, almost the only traveler stranded on a semi-desert Thai island. Stranger-strange-extraneous. I want to tell you about the suspicious gazes – Foreigner? Infecter! – and the friendly ones, the faces, the landscapes that somehow have become familiar. I focused on images that communicate a sense of alienation, exploring the relation foreigner/local and man/environment. I want to tell you about my camouflage attempts, obviously unsuccessful, and how I wished I could become transparent on this unknown land: to look better without being looked at. I want to tell you about the endless charm of feeling at the borders of the world and the world chronicles. I have been running for years. Here time finally stopped for me as well. I was not sick, at least I did not have COVID-19. But I may have been healed from something else. And that world outside, I understand it less and less. I am not in a hurry to come back.