Here you'll find images of everyday vignettes taken over the past few years of living in, working in and travelling through Asia (and a smattering from the UK, my birthplace and cultural home). Like many others before me and like many more yet to come, the irrepressible allure of the exotic, the thrill of diving into the unknown and the sheer sensory maelstrom that have characterised my Asian experiences so far has provided a unique visual palette. At the same time, I have stubbornly tried to avoid falling into the obvious tropes of temples, homeless people and lanterns - by both professional and amateur photographers alike - hence why I believe a sincere portrayal of a culture, of an environment, of a group of people demands complete immersion in their world. That involves waking up surrounded by locals, eating at the same restaurants, communicating in their tongue, breathing the same air and laughing at the same jokes, that is when you can truly begin to get under their skin. And this is when the camera becomes - to borrow from literary cliches - a surgeon's scalpel, a sushi master's blade, to finely extricate the moments when all the visual and emotional details coalesce into afinal 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 no such thing as a 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 undiscriminating power of 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 what makes photography fascinating - creating images is a trivial exercise 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 less pretentious-sounding along these lines...

Lee