Chala Janpraphasakul is a Scranton-based fine art photographer and computer programmer. She was born and raised in Thailand until 1998. After graduating from Hunter College, New York, in 2004 with a Computer Science degree, she moved to Scranton, PA, and has happily lived, worked, loved and laughed here ever since along with 2 male individuals, one of them is a fierce Boston Terrier.
Chala was introduced to photography during her teenage years. A Pentax, rolls of black and white film, a darkroom, chemical and prints. But it was the digital era that inspired her to apply photography as a medium to express herself. As she explored various styles of photography, she signed up at the International Center of Photography for a well-grounded understanding in digital photography techniques and lighting. She was drawn to a surrealist style of photography and found it satisfied her need to transform her imagination, thoughts, feelings or dreams into a story in an image. After attending a workshop on Levitation Photography in 2011, Chala focused on story-telling while creating her images as well as the visual dynamic essence that invokes a viewer’s perception. She merges her subjects with multiplicity, levitation and movements in order to tell a story and to depict the impossible.