Photography

SSAMIC Conference 2018 by Thomas Groves

The 5th Social Sciences, Arts and Media International Conference

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I recently participated in the 5th Social Sciences, Arts and Media International Conference, 14-15 June 2018 (www.ssamic.com). The conference was hosted by Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok and organized in collaboration with Burapha University, Ubon Ratchathani University, College of the Holy Spirit Manila (Philippines), Dali University (China), Illinois State University (USA), Indonesia Institute of the Arts - Yogyakarta (Indonesia), University of Essex (UK), University of Missouri - St. Louis (USA) and Virginia Tech University (USA). Every year the objective of SSAMIC is to bring together academics, artists and culture industry specialists and to provide them with a platform for discussions and cultural exchange.

On the second day the “Creative Work Exhibition” section counted well over forty visual art presentations and art performances. I presented his photographic art work entitled “Long Wa: The Last of the Head Hunters” to a crowd of appreciative conference attendees. He explained a series of his photographs that document the last living head hunters of Nagaland (North-East India), whereby the medium used was intended to capture a moment in time to help preserve a disappearing culture.

This opportunity to network with researchers and artists from Thailand and abroad and to engage in thought-provoking discussions. Their papers are currently undergoing peer review and will be published in the proceedings made available on the conference website in September.

Skate Soccer - Ghana by Thomas Groves

One of the exciting aspects of being a university professor is the ability to explore, discuss, and debate multiple topics with students all over the world. While many opportunities have been presented to me I was extremely excited when I was awarded the the Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship. This allowed me to pick campuses in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa to continue my teaching for a period of three months. I quickly selected the dream location to teach in Accra, Ghana. While conducting my research in preparation for my trip, I came across a unique story of an organization with the goal to raise awareness of polio through the sport of football (soccer). This immediately caught my attention and became one of my main goals to witness while I passed my time in Ghana.

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PechaKucha Accra by Thomas Groves

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It has been a busy September! I have been invited to participate at PechaKucha Accra!!! The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in February, 2003 and encourages creativity and sharing of ideas. PechaKucha now takes place in 900 cities around the world.

Vol. 3 PechaKucha Accra will be their Photography Edition and I have been invited to share my work of the Headhunters of Nagaland. 

To read more about the event click the link below:

http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/accra/events/59bfc80f3c70ef2dcb000603

 

Webster’s Thomas Groves Documents the Headhunters Of Nagaland by Thomas Groves

The Youngest Head Hunter - Long Wa, India. One of the youngest head hunters poses for his picture. He prides him self in being in shape and always being sharply dressed. Image - Thomas Groves

The Youngest Head Hunter - Long Wa, India. One of the youngest head hunters poses for his picture. He prides him self in being in shape and always being sharply dressed. Image - Thomas Groves

Mr. Groves’ incredible photographs capture the beauty and strength of this fascinating group of people.
— Webster University Thailand

The Headhunters of Nagaland by Thomas Groves

In the north east of India, bordering with Myanmar, is the city of Long Wa which is home to the last living headhunters of Nagaland. These older tattooed men are surrounded by green forests prosperous with nature and who live a traditional way of life.
— Thomas Groves

Recently I published an article in Expat Life in Thailand about my trip to Long Wa, India. In Long Wa I photographed some of the last living head hunters in this area. My images reflect that these men are ordinary men who hold great respect amongst their community. 

Staying with these men for 11 days was an amazing experience which opened my eyes to a culture which is quickly fading away. Long Wa is located on the border between India and Myanmar. The people are strong and very open but also very curious as not many outside visitors stop by or stay for a long period of time. 

To read the full article on Expat Life in Thailand please click here

http://expatlifeinthailand.com/uncategorised/the-headhunters-of-nagaland/

Webster’s Thomas Groves Publishes Photo Book of Lombok, Indonesia by Thomas Groves

Thomas’ striking photography from his explorations to Kawah Ijen and Lombok has recently been published into a captivating photo book titled ‘A Glimpse of Kawah Ijen and Lombok, Indonesia’.
— Webster University Thailand

With my recent book published I am excited to see that my university has published this article regarding my new book  A Glimpse of Kawah Ijen and Lombok, Indonesia. To read the entire article please click here.