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Where there's life, there's hope

Adam Birkan goes against type for his latest work based on photos taken from his Bangkok apartment bedroom window

'Hope Land' at JAM Cafe. Photos: ADAM BIRKAN

Walking into "Hope Land" -- Jam Cafe's latest photography exhibition by rising American talent Adam Birkan -- some may appreciate the minimalist shots of people going about their day, soi dogs standing around in dumpsters, and the typical scenes of Bangkok's bustling chaos. Some, however, may also think that all of this is nothing new.

Taken from the bedroom window of his Sukhumvit apartment for a period of 18 months, Birkan, who's been named one of Magnum's 30 Under 30 among other prestigious lists, first got the idea for the project after seeing a neon "Hope Land" sign flashing on top of an unknown establishment.

Waiting for the right moment at the right time, he then focused on finding hope in everyday situations -- taking snapshots of the various activities happening below his bedroom window. All well composed with striking colours thanks to his good eye, the high angle of the photographs makes his subjects appear vulnerable, lonely and almost hopeless. Birkan, however, sees something else.

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