Sofa-surfing Thai

Thai photographer Natcha Wongchanglaw is exploring the world of art photography through conceptual portraiture. But there’s a lot more to her than simply this as she learns and heads towards a future career in photography.

Photography gets under your skin and that’s exactly what it’s done for Natcha. She’s a traveller and has lived overseas for many years. Despite trying other things in life but keeps coming back to her photography.


Born in Thailand, neither art or photography were ever really part of Natcha’s younger life. Her father had a camera but it was just for family snaps. Her own first camera was won in a prize draw at an event she attended – a Minolta theme camera. It accompanied her on all her trips from that point onwards but it was really only in 2004 when she visited the USA for the first time, for high school and to learn English, that photography began to work its magic. 

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.