Every year I work on one big collaborative project!
This year, amazing illustrator Andrew Keung brings my very first series of poems to life.
Project 40 was written when I was 19, transitioning through a hard time.
It was the first time I discovered a voice inside of me that was this strong.
Scheduled for release on the threshold of 2014 and 2015, Project 40 will feature 40 illustrated poems, in two chronologically different narrative strands, two selves from two different time frames speaking.
It’s exciting to be taking out these almost-4-years-old words and bringing them to light.
We’ll be releasing updates every month. Stay tuned! ^^
Hong Kong is the city my family and I have called home for the last ten years.
The Hong Kong I know is intimate, quiet, and familiar. It looks like very much like adolescence and domestic space.
It is consistent and soft rhythm.
It is full of my growing selves, solitary and in community.
Photos in Order:
1. Taiwanese Restaurant in TaiPo Center
2. View from the Central Ferry Pier
3. The sands of Cheung Chau
4. Salesian Retreat Second Floor Window
5. The taxi stand at TaiPo Center
6. The view from my living room
The part of Singapore my father is from is called Tiong Bahru.
Now a historical protected heritage site in Singapore, Tiong Bahru is a neighbourhood full of pre-war two story apartment houses and a much slower pace of living.
Growing up my sisters and I knew it as the place for extended family gatherings on holiday occasions.
Somewhere in my teens it became a place of stillness, full of lazy afternoon napping and old food stalls.
Returning now, three years from my last visit, Tiong Bahru is nursing a growing community of independent and concept cafes and stores. These stores are not permitted to destroy parts of the architectural structures in order to preserve them for heritage. What this means is a host of spaces that are fusions of old and new aesthetic design, that sometimes work well and other times not quite.
This trip I trekked back to Tiong Bahru a couple of times just to walk through and explore. There is so much about this neighbourhood that I know so well and at the same time know so little of.
The photos from this haul reflect my marvelling eye.
Singapore is the city of my birth, and my first eight years of childhood.
For the first time this trip, I went to many of the more tourist-geared locations, and photographed the famous side of Singapore I am not familiar with.
This country is often balancing on a very thin line between its past and present, its history and its innovation.
The textures I discovered on my trip home sometimes mirror that effect, creating moments of aesthetic that settle deeply into my heart, mixing and mingling with each other.
Old Singapore, New Singapore, time and space between them. These photos look for all of that.
Photos in Order:
1 – Chinatown alleyway: 牛車水
2 – Marina Bay Sands Flower Dome
3 – Marina Bay Sands Solar Trees
4 – Marina Bay Sands Cloud Forest Dome
5 – Marymount Station
6 – Bishan Rd
7 – Marina Bay Sands Cloud Forest Dome
8 – Bukit Gomback neighbourhood