AS TIME GOES BY
The guilt of a seven-year absence from his parents’ lives motivated Lek Kiatsirikajorn (1977, Thailand) to document the traces of aging that have affected their bodies and home, utilizing the therapeutic value of the photographic process. In his series As Time Goes By, he quietly observes his parents resting from the strains of daily activities, focusing on the physical indicators that change has occurred over time spent apart. Getting up close to these details, Kiatsirikajorn looks for the inevitable signs of ageing that have subtly crept up and are often overlooked.
Kiatsirikajorn uses a muted palette to capture home interiors and family photographs to consider the time that has passed. Selective crops and still life compositions of the family home intend to draw parallels between the decaying house and the ageing bodies. However, a key factor separates the two, Kiatsirikajorn explains: “Our house can be refurbished or even reinforced from time to time, but there are not these options for the houses of their souls.”