The presented pictures are a small selection of daily vignettes taken over the past few years of living in, working in and travelling through Asia as well as some from the UK, my place of birth and cultural home. Like many others before me and many more yet to come, the irrepressible allure of the exotic, the thrill of diving into the unknown and the sheer sensory maelstrom which has come to characterise my Asian experiences has and continues to provide a unique visual palette. At the same time, it is all too easy to fall into the obvious cliches that characterise many photos - by both skilled and inexperienced photographers alike - and that is why I believe that to really portray a culture, an environment, a group of people requires becoming immersed in their world, to wake up surrounded by locals, eat at the same restaurants, communicate in their tongue, breath the same air and laugh at old jokes, that is when you can truly begin to get under their skin. At this the camera can become - borrowing from literary cliches - a surgeon's scalpel or a sushi master's blade, finely extricating the moments when all the visual and emotional details coalesce into the final image that captures the mood of the moment or in other words, a self-acknowledgement of my ephemeral disposition and perception towards the scene that appears in my mind's eye. There is such a thing as purely objective photograph; to take a photo is inherently subjective for the act itself imparts the taker's visual awareness, sensitivity, intent and bias and it is the camera's indiscriminating power of near-instant portrayal that enables a recording, a slice - a vignette - that when done astutely transcends being a mere fascimile and instead becomes something that engages, enriches and enlightens. And that is why I find photography to be fascinating - taking photographs is utterly trivial yet more than often not the end result is utterly mundane and it is my desire to extract the remarkable out of the ordinary. Or something along those lines...

 

Lee