Painstaking exploration of the extraordinary in the everyday

More than 300 photographs portraying the lives, societies and cultures of individuals will be on display at W Bangkok Hotel starting on Friday.

Entitled "Everyday Portrait: Exhibition Description", the show features storytelling photos taken by Chaiyasith "Oat" Joonjuadee, a sought-after snapper known internationally for his portfolio spanning documentary, fashion, commercial and wedding photography.

Chaiyasith Joonjuadee.

The exhibition celebrates individualism as reflected in the skin and the eyes of the models.

The photographer spent a day with each model to correctly capture and express his or her life story. The models represent different races, ages and social classes in an attempt to fully depict society. The series took two years to finish.

The exhibition is inspired by the photographer's life experiences. "I moved from one location and entered another societal climate," Chaiyasith said. "Time went so fast and I could no longer absorb any feelings. I had to capture memories, surroundings and interactions with the people around me in the photos. Each picture is a daily life of me interacting with many different people during the course of two years."

Chaiyasith has had extensive training in portrait photography since 2000 and has worked with world-class photographers.

His works have been particularly well-received in the US, Hong Kong, the Middle East and the UK. He is a freelance photographer who spends half his time in Thailand, and half in London where this exhibition was displayed last year.

Everyday Portrait: Exhibition Description will be on show at W Bangkok Hotel on Sathon Road from Friday until Aug 9. Formore information, call 02-344-4313.