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POSTED | 14:10 PM | 02-04-2014

Through the Thai royal lenses

-- By Songpol Kaopatumtip

A prolific shutterbug, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s recently-concluded photo exhibition drew a lot of Thai and foreign visitors to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Travelling Photos, Photos Travelling showcased 173 photographs taken by the Princess at home and abroad.

 "The idea is to share happiness with all of us,"said Her Royal Highness, as she related the stories behind her photos during the opening ceremony last February.

The travel photography started from her home at Sra Pathum Palace, where fallen pink petals form a colorful blanket under a tree, thorny and pungent durian skins tied together by her staff to keep stray cats away, and three happy dogs packed together inside a wooden cart. Then there was an offshore gas rig in the southern Thai province of Songkhla, which the Princess visited in 2012. Pictures from her journeys abroad included a research center in Norway, taken during her visit to the country in March 2013.

Looking at these images of daily life, it's possible to develop a picture of the Princess beyond the persona portrayed in Palace News on television. Most photos were displayed in standard size and format, while a few were printed in unusually large dimensions. The photo of the Niagara Falls, for example, was enlarged to the wall size, revealing the impressive torrents of water.

Through these photos, the Princess shared a few things in common with ordinary folk. She, too, has household problems, and she often deals with them with humor.

"I can tell the durian can't keep the cats away," confided the Princess, drawing smiles from the audience who were amused by the idea of using durian to ward off stray cats.

Note: The Bangkok Art and Culture Center opens from 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. For details, see


 A blanket of pink at Sra Pathum Palace.


An offshore gas rig in Songkhla.

A research center in Norway


Threesome friends.

This pungent durian can’t keep the cats away.


The magnificent Niagara Falls.


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