In capturing an image, there is a frame of reality that is shared forever. Photographer Bryce Watanasoponwong has spent years capturing the still image of people, cultures, and landscapes from various walks of life with a unique and distinctive style. Initially obtaining degrees in accounting and information and business administration from universities in Thailand and Australia, photography was introduced as a passion explored later in his life. As an admirer of seeing the world through a lens, Bryce enjoyed the special moments of weddings and planned portrait photography that held on to an experience of happiness and milestones
It was until some pivotal life changes that opened Bryce up to the possibility of channelling his interest in photography. From the purchase of his first camera, while travelling in Taiwan, Bryce dabbled and explored his new hobby. Taking pictures on local streets and learning a keen eye for aesthetics, Bryce began to embody the creative spirit of a photographer. He received his first major photography role while working with a close friend, Michael Zanetti. Already quite established in his photography career, Michale was an award-winning wedding photographer based in Sydney. While working with Michael Bryce got a taste of his dream career, but with reality setting in, he returned to Thailand for mainstream opportunities in real estate and hospitality.
With his heart forced out of the frame, Bryce put his camera down to focus on building his name in the realm of big corporations. He desperately missed behind the camera and the surrounding streets of still shots and vibrant stories that took pictures beyond development. Always maintaining a creative mindset, it was not long until he realised that his passion needed to be fully explored in order to fulfil his life. Bryce loved all that life had to offer, and with bright eyes and a wide lends, he pursued his love for photography. In raw materials of just light and time, he evoked a particular interest in photojournalism, which sparked the beginning of his adventurous photography career.
Rediscovering his passion for street photography also allowed Bryce to rediscover himself in the process. As an observer, he can easily pin-point obscure elements that can be brought to life in a photo and uniquely transcend meaning with every scene he captures. Street photography opened a whole new world for Bryce and presented him with a trajectory for growth beyond his expectations.
"When I go out on the streets with my camera, I aim to capture
fleeting moments of beauty, quirkiness, mystery, and humour. Deep,
saturated, vibrant colour, natural light, neon light, shadow and interesting
patterns and textures are elements of my work. I focus on the abstract, and that
appeals to me. To look at an image and not fully understand what it is you’re
looking at opens the mind to new possibilities and ways of seeing things,"
In his deep dive focusing on street photography, Bryce began to take an interest in abstract art photography. Levelling up his craft, he shifted his lens to focus on different ideas that penetrated the mind in so many forms. While Bryce already solidified his identity in the world of photography, he never limited himself to one medium. It was this notion that led him to his first exhibition at ILFORD Galerie Bangkok in February of 2019. Soon after his exhibit debut, he made his first US sale of his work and chose to donate the proceeds to The Association Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE).
As his photography career advances, Bryce continues to work with a mission of producing pieces that evoke emotion and make a personal impact. It is his hope that others benefit from the story behind each project. Becoming more involved in how is art is perceived, he strives to cultivate a shift towards wellness. In his latest project Illusion, the inspiration stems from well-being and the ability to cope in difficult times. While the world beings to heal from the treacherous year it has experienced, his photography series will aim to question the state of reality and how to alter versions of the truth. Through multiple perspectives and the constant craving for self-discovery, Bryce remains committed to his passion for art identification.