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Life & Work with Peeradon Ariyanukooltorn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Peeradon Ariyanukooltorn.

Hi Peeradon, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Besides my full name, you can call me Zan. I am a 29-year-old Thai photographer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. After six years of my professional career in Thailand, I decided to move to the US to expand my skill as a cinematographer. I am currently a cinematography student at UCLA Extension.

My life in photography started when I was studying in the first year of university as an architecture student. I found myself in love with taking photographs, especially of landscapes and architecture. During my study, I was selected to be the president of the university photography club. I led many student workshops and had a lot of opportunities to work with camera companies, such as Nikon and Canon. After graduation, I began my career as a professional architectural photographer to combine my design and photo shooting skills.

Along with my primary career, I was invited as a guest speaker to share my photography experiences at several events and collaborate on marketing purposes with Nikon Sales Thailand. In 2018, I was chosen to be a brand ambassador of the brand-new mirrorless camera, Nikon Z6.

As an architectural photographer, many projects required videos. That made me realize how necessary having this knowledge was. Therefore, when the pandemic hit in 2020, I decided to expand my skill in filmmaking and move to Los Angeles to pursue my career goal.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I found myself full of luck and help along the way. So many ones were behind my success. However, it was always something challenging along the path that made me grow up. On top of this, I would say that the primary obstacle, like most of us, is the COVID-19 pandemic. My life changed forever. But, I love to look at the good side of it. If there were no COVID-19, I would not have been here in the US, in the heart of the filmmaking industry. I tried not to regret it because it is not what we can change, and it is not the end. Even though there was no COVID-19, I believe there would be something else to challenge me anyway.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Even though I can take every style of photography, my specialty is taking architecture. Since I have an architectural background, I always look at everything in the elements of dot, line, and plane.

I love to shoot everything with excellent details of perspective lines, and even those things are not architecture. Moreover, I love to add some size-referencing elements into my shots, like humans, to help audiences understand the overall scale of things I shoot.

I also love editing photos and videos. It is so fun to think about the color schemes in particular shots and make them the way I want. I find myself spending time on editing software more than browsing websites—for example, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, or Davinci Resolve. Thus, I am considering applying for another Post-Production certificate to complete my filmmaking cycle.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I would like to thank myself for never stopping exploring my life. And I always find what to improve in my work, but I do not pressure myself too much. That is how we can grow up. I believe the right opportunity will come at the right place and time.

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Image Credits
1st photo: Supawat Denamporn. 2nd photo: Nikon Sales Thailand.

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