(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Becoming a Buddhist monk is one of the highest privileges a Thai man can ever have. My series “Transforming and Transcending” follows my cousin Pure as he went through this process in the summer of 2008. This rite of passage brought great happiness to his parents and people around him. It also meant that Pure had to sacrifice his life as a common man and devote himself to the study of Buddhism. While taking these photographs I had no intention of using them for any other purpose than to record the moments. Therefore, Pure shows true expressions, ones that could never be mimicked or posed.
Natt Phenjati was born and raised in Thailand. As a child, Natt played with his father’s cameras but it wasn’t until he joined his high school’s newspaper that his love of photography started to grow. When he was seventeen, he moved to the United States. Natt is now an undergraduate sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY. His studies range from art to biology to management classes. He is currently the editor for RPI’s student magazine