Reflections on the WORLD

lifestyle March 26, 2016 01:00



IN WHAT HAS to be a first for Thailand, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is showing off his skills as a photographer in the exhibition “Through the Lens of a Prime Minister”, showing at Lifestyle Hall on the second floor of Siam Paragon until April 3.
The show marks the 70th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as well as the 120th anniversary of the Russian-Thai diplomatic relations and the 125th anniversary of the moment when the Russian fleet of ships led by the then Crown Prince Nicholas Alexandrovich docked in the port of Bangkok where he was welcomed by King Chulalongkorn.
“And in July 2017 Russia and Thailand will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the visit of Rama V to St Petersburg – the capital of the Russian Empire – and the conclusion of the Treaty on Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries. I am particularly pleased that the exhibition of my photos will contribute to the celebration of this anniversary,” Medvedev said in his message to the Thai people.
Kirill Barsky, the Russian Federation’s ambassador to Thailand, presided over the opening of the exhibition, which features 100 photographs taken by Medvedev all around the world, including in Thailand during his official visit here a year ago..
“I took up photography in school. I remember my first impressions of taking a photograph as if it happened only yesterday – it was like touching a secret. A ray of light transformed into an image, a beautiful image tinged with an element of sadness, the image of a moment that will never be repeated. Later I would walk around a snowy Leningrad in search of interesting scenes, looking at the city through the school kid’s standard Smena 8M camera,” Medvedev writes in his statement released by the embassy.
“I still remember the smells of the developing and fixing solutions. Printing was a mystery too, with all the serious equipment it involved – the enlarger, developing trays, darkroom safelight and glossing agent. I could spend entire days in the bathroom darkroom. I dreamed of having a grownup’s camera, like a Zenit, and of taking colour photographs.
“There was a long period when I forgot all about my camera, but when I was about 30 years old I suddenly felt a strong desire to take up my childhood hobby again. I have been taking photographs ever since. I still do now, although it has become more difficult, for obvious reasons. I rarely get the chance to just wander around with my camera. And taking a photograph – at least a good one – takes time.
“But I have been in many beautiful and exciting places. Over the past few years, I have visited all of Russia’s 83 regions and many unique parts of the world. And at some point I decided that I would photograph all these places and their people as I travelled – through the window, from a car, train, plane, helicopter or boat. “
The folk dance ensemble Katyusha, the International Russian Ballet Studio Rosinka from Pattaya and children from the Russian Embassy School performed at the opening. They will also entertain visitors this weekend at 5pm.