Connect with us

Thai Life

Close encounter with the highly beautiful



Thaiger deals

PHUKET: In 1968, Jean-Claude Forest’s French comics were brought to the silver screen in the French-Italian science fiction film Barbarella: In the far future, a highly sexual woman is assigned to find and stop the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people.

Nearly fifty years later, in Phuket, Thailand, Earth, a threesome of equally beautiful, futuristic space travellers are to land at a double-pool villa at the Banyan Tree. The unusual people they encounter: the co-hosts of Galassia, Adriano Trapani and Manny Librodo. They will be joined by their motley crew of Bohemian photographers, makeup artists and a costume designer.

“I like this style of workshop, which brings like-minded people together for a party and to learn from each other,” Adriano said. “The idea has always been to turn Phuket into a hub for photography and visual arts by elevating the standards.”

The goal of the workshop goes beyond just boosting the quality of photography on the island, as it aims to also raise the standards for all elements involved in the workshop, including models, makeup artists, location and – less we forget it is a Bohemian workshop – the party.

“In the past, we held elemental workshops with fire and water, before taking advantage of graffiti artist Noe Two being in town and launching the ‘United Colours of Bohemian Workshop’. This time I wanted a little bit more metal, gold and silver,” Adriano said.

“I envisioned a space tribe visiting us as they passed by Earth, and we were lucky enough to record this close encounter with these galactic Valkyries.”

Prior to the launch of the Bohemian series, the only place a photographer in Thailand could find a quality workshop was in Bangkok.

In fact, Adriano attended a Bangkok workshop in 2012 that was hosted by Manny, who is also the Sony ambassador for the Philippines.

The two photographers’ styles have changed a great deal since 2012, which will provide a stark contrast between their ways to approach shooting and post-processing for those taking part in the Bohemian workshop on September 5 and 6.

Manny is known for his uncanny use of natural light and heavy post-processing to create images that seem to teeter between reality and something captured with paint on a canvass. Adriano’s style is quite the opposite with a strong focus on studio lighting in order to shape shadows and subjects, with a lighter touch during the post-processing that focuses on cleaning up the image and beautifying it.

“I am proud to be co-hosting a project with Manny, as it shows just how far I have come since that workshop with him. My techniques have improved, my style has been refined, and even before this project I had already started holding workshops for other photographers,” Adriano said.

As for the futuristic Valkyries – choosers of the slain in Norse mythology – they will create an otherworldly juxtaposition with their tranquil surroundings: a 1,300-square-meter villa with a private garden, personal pool, steam room and outdoor shower.

As first impressions of Earth go, a Bali-Thai style luxury villa nestled in tropical Thailand isn’t a bad start. In fact, it might be exactly what’s needed to encourage the women to return to Phuket, hopefully returning the hearts of the photographers when they do so.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Bangkok Travel2 hours ago

Ari All Link is a must-attend skill-up workshop for Ari people

Cannabis News5 hours ago

Anutin responds to photo of cannabis smoking kids on Pattaya Beach

Education5 hours ago

Thai student allegedly raped by Hyderabad U professor

Sponsored11 hours ago

Marketing in Thailand as a Foreigner: Volume #3 The Marketing Noises

Tourism5 hours ago

Phuket welcomes 6,730 flights in December

Tourism6 hours ago

Thailand tourism predicted at 80% of pre-Covid in 2023

Transport8 hours ago

Bangkok airport expansion prepares for bidding war

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime8 hours ago

Child Protection Foundation leader faces child labour charges

Road deaths8 hours ago

Red-Bull hit-and-run prosecutor dismissed

Transport9 hours ago

Phuket flight cancellation due to earlier cancelled flight, runway maintenance

Election9 hours ago

Pheu Thai Party under fire as Tuhao-Shinawatra connection exposed

Video10 hours ago

THAIGER PODCAST | Ep.14 Saving Thai cats one paw at a time

Tourism11 hours ago

Bullets-in-bag Israeli given 18 months in Thailand

Video1 day ago

Thailand News Today | 9 year olds smoke cannabis on Pattaya Beach in Thailand

Economy1 day ago

Thai baht soars to six-month high against US dollar

Pattaya1 day ago

Motorcycle taxi riders rally against unlicensed ride-share app drivers in Pattaya

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11