Buddhathida “Cartoon” Wangsrimongkol
Buddhathida or “Cartoon” came from a family of dentists. Despite growing up in a medical household, she was encouraged to explore her own personal interests since a young child. She finds visual art to be more tangible and enjoyable. Cartoon enjoys sketching and drawing, however after acquiring her first film camera, Cartoon found herself attached to it. She enjoys taking candid photographs of her loved ones and nature but did not take this hobby any further.
Cartoon left Thailand in 2014 after receiving a dental degree and she came to the US to start her residency in Boston. As school became more demanding, photography became her main artistic outlet. It was then that she started to take this hobby more seriously. As she gained more social media attention and was featured on several of Boston’s Instagram pages, she started to seek more peers who shared the same interests. She finally became part of the Boston photographer community where some became lifetime friends. She enjoys urban and landscape photography, while constantly learning to improve her portraiture skills from her photographer peers. Before she left Boston, her landscape photographs were displayed and auctioned off to a non-profit organization.
Moving back to Thailand after her residency and fellowship training, Cartoon experienced a lack of motivation which resulted in a big hiatus for photography between 2020-21. To rekindle her love for photography, she started exploring new styles. In 2022, inspired by Henry Cartier Bresson, Vivian Maier, and Saul Latier, among others, she started taking black and white street photography with her favorite Fuji X-T4 camera. She found that street photography has opened her up to a different world and has expanded her horizon in the field. Sometimes, she enjoys walking around with her Rollieflex 3.5f and challenges herself with a 12-film roll.
Cartoon’s work is published in Trope New York, the fifth volume in the Trope City Editions series, that celebrates the architecture and urban landscapes of the “city that never sleeps,” one of the world’s cultural capitals.